Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: Drive for 5 Alive, NHMS>AMS & Earnhardt’s Thrill Over for the No. 3?

The only rival to the amount of ink wasted on Danica Patrick this past weekend proved to be the plethora of columns out there professing that Jimmie Johnson’s luck had simply run out, that this was the year the streak would finally end.

So much for that. Back-to-back wins over the last two weeks have made 2010 suddenly look a lot like 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006… you know how that story goes.

Running Their Mouth: 2010 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

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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Fact or Fiction: Will Dale Jr. Make the Chase? & Other Hendrick Motorsports Topics

It’s amazing how as soon as one driver goes on a hot streak, fans and some media almost immediately forget about perhaps the most dominant driver of this generation. Sure, Denny Hamlin has won three of the last six races and is the leader in the clubhouse with five wins, but let’s take a quick look at the numbers through all 16.

Happy Hour: Jeff Gordon’s Slump Isn’t Helping NASCAR Either

NASCAR had to be foaming at the mouth when Dale Earnhardt Jr. signed on with Hendrick Motorsports during the 2007 season. Prior to the move, NASCAR had indirectly been trying to lend a hand to the sport’s Golden Boy. Limits were placed on team ownership and practices were eliminated. A playoff was created to keep …

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Fantasy Insider: Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon Kings of the Road

Welcome back, everyone, to this week’s edition of the Fantasy Insider. This Sunday, NASCAR heads West, where the road course of Infineon will once again separate those who can really drive a racecar from those who struggle when you throw a right-hand turn at them. And while everyone knows that Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart …

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The Yellow Stripe: Who Would Be the Best 2010 Champion for NASCAR?

With Denny Hamlin’s second straight victory – and fifth overall in the last 10 races – there are plenty of people who are getting ready to crown the No. 11 wheelman as 2010 champion a full 12 races before we even get started on the big old Chase shebang. Clearly, Hamlin is on a tear, …

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The Cool-Down Lap: Drivers as Leaders? Not If You Listen to Team Radios

“I told him my job as the leader is to do everything I can to win that race.” These are the words of Denny Hamlin, spoken just after his tussle with teammate Kyle Busch in the All-Star Race last month. Less than a week later, Hamlin reiterated that not only was he the leader of …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan

Welcome to Running Their Mouth! 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 …

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Fanning the Flames: Pocono’s Tedium Turns Tumultuous & Junior’s Dream Team

Q: No one knows what’s to become of Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Hendrick, but everyone is starting to believe it is not the right fit for him. I’m going to ask this to you this way: Where do you think Jr. would fit in best if you could assign him a team (JR Motorsports included)

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