Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice? The Cost of Sacrificing a Sport Through 1 Man

Did You Notice? The selective way in which fans worry about driver aggression? I’ve been bombarded since Saturday night with emails over the Carl–Brad incident, to the point they make Dale Earnhardt Jr. look like a boy scout on the corner holding a giant No. 3 sign that says “Pay Attention To Me.” Through it …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Edition

Don’t you just love summer vacations? For me, the countdown is on; I’m just 48 hours from sitting on a beach, turning off the cell phone, and forgetting about the world for a few. Sure, I’m sad to miss the 400-mile melee at Daytona Beach – my favorite track to visit on the circuit – …

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What’s Vexing Vito: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Decision to Compete in the No. 3 is Both Public & Personal

This weekend marks the event that many longtime Dale Earnhardt fans have longed for – Dale Earnhardt Jr. climbing behind the wheel of the No. 3 Chevrolet that the Intimidator drove to six Winston Cup championships and 67 wins for Richard Childress Racing, and in the process created a legend that has lived on for …

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Happy Hour: And That’s Why Jimmie Johnson’s the Champ

Last season I wrote a series of articles detailing who I thought were the best drivers in Sprint Cup today and why. I was probably utterly off the mark, but I based the rankings on several different criteria that are likely accurate, such as versatility on different types of tracks. In the articles, I ranked …

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Full Throttle: Hall of Fame Inductees Were More Than Just Men

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a star-studded, emotional event that capped a month-long buildup to the inaugural class’s enshrinement. No one knew what to expect from this first foray into the process of honoring the heroes of the sport, but when it was all said and done the personal side won out. There …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: The Roots That Gave NASCAR Its Wings – The Story Behind Sunday’s Hall Inductees

“It’s bigger than you. It’s bigger than me.” These words, or words nearly like them were delivered by Bill France Jr. to many a racer who had, in one way or another, raised his ire; and now, six decades into the sport that France’s father, Bill Sr., conceived in Daytona Beach, his words are still …

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Full Throttle: Missing a Hero… Dale Earnhardt

Editor’s Note: Have you heard of our FREE Frontstretch Newsletter, delivering NASCAR news, commentary, trivia and more right to your inbox every morning? If not, well, it’s time to sell you on it. Today, we’re showcasing the popular weekly column Full Throttle that Senior Writer Mike Neff writes for the Wednesday edition of our newsletter. …

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Voice of Vito: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Running the No. 3 at Daytona Riles Some Fans – But Why?

It is both the best of times and worst of times to be a NASCAR driver. On one hand, the cars are more safe than ever before – witness the wrecks of Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman over the last year or so, to say nothing of Michael McDowell’s harrowing tumble at Texas …

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