Race Weekend Central

Big 6: 2009 Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix

Sure, I called him to win this week, but hey, I was close! Jeff Burton finished a solid and hard-raced second at Phoenix, his best run of the year. Burton has suffered through the mysterious malady that has plagued all four Richard Childress Racing teams this year, but Phoenix is Burton’s third top-10 finish in the last three races – a sign that things are turning around?

Voices from the Heartland: Even the “Rosetta Stone” Couldn’t Help You Understand Brian France!

We’ve all seen the commercials: Rosetta Stone is touted as the most effective language learning method/software available. Their concept is not to teach with flash cards, dictionaries, or memorization drills, but rather, “By surrounding you with words, images, and the voices of native speakers, our method lets you progress naturally from words and phrases to …

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Voice of Vito: Texas Race a Snapshot of What Could Have Been For Many Drivers in 2009

As the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress whistled over the grandstands during the flyover at Texas Motor Speedway this Sunday, I felt the same warm and fuzzy feeling I did as the season began nine months ago in Daytona Beach, Fla. Maybe that’s just because I’m the son of an H-model mechanic and a sucker for Cold …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR’s Burning to the Ground & Why The Truck Series Stays Sound

Did You Notice? The out-and-out rebellion going on in every aspect of NASCAR right now? It started from the drop of the green on Sunday, when the drivers’ single-file Talladega parade for most of the race was the closest thing to a driver protest I’ve seen in 20 years of following this sport. Then, in …

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The Yellow Stripe: Reasons to Keep Watching NASCAR in 2009 (No Really, There Are… I Think)

It’s a good time to be a Jimmie Johnson fan right now. In fact, scratch that, it’s a stupendously, unconscionably, ridiculously good time to be a double J devotee. How else can you explain your boy running about a mile behind from the chasing pack like a little scared rabbit and still finishing sixth – …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 AMP Energy 500 at Talladega

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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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Edition

By virtue of flawless strategy once again, Johnson laid back for 95% of the race, came in to top off on fuel and then avoided the Big One he had been fearing to finish in the top 10 and better than his closest Chase competitors. With a now 184-point lead, it’s time to start etching Johnson’s name on the Sprint Cup for the fourth consecutive season.

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Spread Too Thin, Do Other Interests Slow Drivers’ Cup Efforts?

Every day, you see it – race fans and media alike wondering about the lackluster performance of a few drivers who, by rights, should be at the top of their games. They drive great stuff, they have the talent, they have a record of past success and certainly aren’t over the hill. So people wonder …

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Fantasy Insider: Guiding Your Team Through the Big One to Talladega Success

From the shortest track to the longest track, that’s the story of the Cup circuit these days. After tackling the bullring of Martinsville, stock car racing’s best now return to the annual “lottery,” 500 miles of knee-buckling action at Talladega. Everyone knows about the Big One, the high-speed racing… and now, apparently, that the track …

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