Race Weekend Central

10 Points to Ponder… 2007 NASCAR Banquet/End of Season

1. Banner Brainstorming – Mike Helton said in New York last week that 2007 was a “banner year” for NASCAR. Which makes me wonder, if you were designing a banner to summarize NASCAR’s season, what would it say? Suggestions welcome. 2. Spade Said – From what I’ve heard, most people didn’t find David Spade all …

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Rating the 2007 NASCAR Cup Series Races: Part II

Editor’s Note: With the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup season complete, it’s now time to take a look back. This week, veteran writer Matt McLaughlin starts the process with his annual race review, analyzing each event of the Nextel Cup season and giving us his take on how good – or bad – they really were. …

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Did You Notice? 2007 NASCAR Offseason Edition

Did You Notice? How quickly everyone got the heck out of dodge as soon as the NASCAR season is over? You didn’t hear a peep from much of anyone over the past week – because we were all on vacation! Yes, it’s the holidays, but the sigh of relief uttered by everyone who’s a part of …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: White Flag – Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Last Lap at DEI

It seems like a lifetime ago, and in a way, it was. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a decade since Dale Earnhardt Jr. came onto the scene as a then Winston Cup rookie with a heck of a name to live up to. He was a likable young kid who liked to …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 Homestead Race

Jimmie Johnson – Johnson has top-10 finishes in four of his six starts at Homestead, including a second-place result scored here in 2004. For those looking for a little drama, Johnson did crash out here in 2005 en route to 40th place. Jeff Gordon – Gordon has top-10 finishes in six of eight Cup races …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 Phoenix Fall Race Edition

Jimmie Johnson – Johnson came home second in this race last year, and has four straight top-10 finishes at Phoenix. He also finished second here in 2003. Jeff Gordon – Gordon won this spring’s Phoenix race from the pole to finally score his first Cup victory here. He’s run very well at the track, collecting …

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