Race Weekend Central

Happy Hour: Will Kasey Kahne Be Much Better at Hendrick? Not if Recent History is a Guide

Whenever a high profile driver changes teams, much is made of how well he will perform at his new digs. Either he will finally realize his long-stifled talent, or there’s going to be some struggles while the new team “gets back on track” with the help of his leadership in the garage. It seemed like …

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MPM2Nite: Talladega… That’s Entertainment?

Is there anyone left out there who knows I don’t like plate racing? If there is, I don’t. Never cared for it. Never will. I’ll go to my grave considering plate racing dumbed-down competition for the least common denominator type of fans, those ghouls who really do watch races just for the wrecks. There are …

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Voice of Vito: Green-White-Wreckered an Action Detrimental to the Sport of Stock Car Racing

Following the finish of the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega this weekend – I’m sorry, the Aaron’s 532 – the general consensus by the media at large was that it was a fantastic race that validated a number of variables. As much as some would downplay it, the spoiler was a rousing success. Not only did …

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Mirror Driving: Best Race Ever?, Finicky Felix & Doubleheader Dangers

The Aaron’s 499 featured a record 88 lead changes and three green-white-checkered attempts. Did that make it one of the best races ever, or was it just more of the same at a restrictor-plate track?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

The “lottery” that is Talladega these days usually shuffles the Power Rankings around like those ping-pong balls before they’re picked at random. For now, there’s one thing we know for sure when the drawing stopped: Kevin Harvick came out the big winner. He may have offended his current and future sponsor in victory lane during …

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Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

Less than a week after announcing Shell/Pennzoil would be leaving Richard Childress Racing, Kevin Harvick drove their colors to victory lane at Talladega. After climbing from his winning car, Harvick waited to thank Shell/Pennzoil last of all his sponsors. Harvick added, “I think the best part about it is our sponsor is leaving, and the best part about it is they can leave while we’re winning. So that’s the best part of the whole thing.”

MPM2Nite: Cult of Personality – The Hendrick Age of Political Correctness

Jack Roush hasn’t stopped by here at Eyesore Acres in awhile to chat over a few brews. To be honest, that has happened since precisely never. But my guess is the Cat in Hat is a pretty frustrated fellow right now, and his dogs are wearing flak jackets to protect against injuries when he gets …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas

Once again, Mother Nature wreaked havoc with the NASCAR schedule, causing the second rain-delayed race in three weeks. It was a nightmare scenario for many involved with the sport; but for Denny Hamlin, it’s like an unexpected bonus. For the third time in four races contested on Monday, Hamlin came home victorious, this time just …

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Did You Notice? Earnhardt’s “50-Mile Mess,” “Chasing” NASCAR Points & Drugs

Did You Notice? What Dale Earnhardt Jr. said in a moment of frustration after Monday’s race? NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver never fails to tell it like it is, and in a moment of passion jumped into some political incorrectness that vocalized what we’ve all been thinking: “I was having fun until all those cautions kept …

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Talking NASCAR TV’s Rain Delay Verdict: ESPN Pretty Good, FOX? Not So Much

Hello, race fans and welcome to our weekly TV critique. This weekend, the action was at the Texas Motor Speedway in Justin, Texas, just a few miles north of Fort Worth. The Sprint Cup Series were the headliners, with support from the ARCA Racing Series presented by Re/MAX and Menards and the Nationwide Series. However, …

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