Race Weekend Central

Fantasy Insider: Jeff Gordon on Verge of Brickyard Breakthrough… Again

NASCAR heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend where the racing really isn’t that good, but it’s OK because, after all, it’s the Brickyard. I half expect NASCAR to add the Hoover Dam and the Pyramids to their next schedule as they are also historic venues that may not necessarily lead to great racing either, …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Dale Junior & LeBron James – Big Decisions Equal Big Results?

The hype that surrounded LeBron James’s free agency choice was rare and stands alone in the barriers of pop culture it penetrated. People that never watched one basketball game on TV or in the stands were suddenly weighing in on the issue, brandishing regurgitated facts to back up their various opinions on what team “King …

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Fanning the Flames: Chase Tweaks, Junior’s CC & Revisiting Mikey’s Tweets

I hope you’re enjoying the off-week before the off-weekend (which precedes the off-week after the off-weekend). Plenty of diverse topics this week, so let’s not waste time. And I realized I don’t mention it enough, so let me take a moment to say thanks for the dialogue — this column wouldn’t exist without it, and …

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What’s Vexing Vito: How Bout This Heat?! Summer Struggles Bring Frustrations to a Boil

I’m not sure if it is the heat of the summer or perhaps just the strain of the summer stretch taking its toll, but there seems to be a little bit of frustration boiling over in NASCAR lately. Take for instance last Saturday night’s last lap tussle between Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya. JPM …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Lucky 7 Edition (Chicagoland, Too)

Before we begin this Hot/Not article, let’s bring you a word from our sponsor: the Number Seven. Seven races remain until the Chase, and seven drivers between 10th and 16th in the standings remain within 161 points of each other. More than likely, that means the final spots will be settled amongst these men: Carl …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members and …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland

With crunch time fast approaching for the Chase, a quiet fourth-place run was just what the doctor ordered for Clint Bowyer and the No. 33 team. Bowyer moves into the last Chase spot for now, making car owner Richard Childress the only owner to have each one of his teams in the top dozen. That’s a huge turnaround for an organization that missed the Chase entirely not quite a year ago.

Did You Notice? People Don’t Believe in NASCAR Fairy Tales?

*Did You Notice?* … That in today’s world of sports, giving athletes the benefit of the doubt is suddenly a thing of the past? Instead, steroids, cheating scandals, and bad calls have turned us into a nation full of doubters, cornered into a defensive stance of guilty until proven innocent for our own emotional protection.

As proof, look no further than a blue and yellow number 3, 1980s vintage Wrangler on the side wrangling its way to Victory Lane Friday night. In the final drive with his daddy’s number on the side, Earnhardt drove like the restrictor plate master of old, leading the final 33 laps of the race in holding off challenges from Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and a handful of other Cup veterans.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Daytona lived up to its wild reputation Saturday night, triggering another classic Big One that shook up the 43-car field faster than your local bingo caller before calling out a number. By the time the spinning stopped, 19 cars – including a host of the top runners – were taken out in the melee, and …

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