Race Weekend Central

Voice of Vito: Talladega Flights – Massive Crash Highlights Superspeedway’s Continued Conflicts

As you may have noticed, much of the action that many have become accustomed to in NASCAR has been absent over the last few weeks. Matt Kenseth winning back-to-back races was nice, and it surely did many good to see Mark Martin back in victory lane. For the most part, however, this has been a …

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Full Throttle: Dale Earnhardt’s Dream Now a Nightmare

In 1980, Dale Earnhardt, with his wife Teresa, formed a company named Dale Earnhardt Incorporated. Initially, the company was put together to compete in some Nationwide Series races, with the eventual goal of going Cup racing. In 1996, that goal was realized when the organization fielded the No. 14 Racing for Kids Chevrolet, driven by …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2009 Phoenix Spring Race Recap

The Key Moment: Mark Martin was able to quickly dispatch Ryan Newman on the race’s final restart, and Tony Stewart never generated the steam to catch him. In a Nutshell: Martin’s victory is a feel good story, but it doesn’t hide the fact Phoenix wasn’t much of a race. Dramatic Moment: With passing so hard …

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Happy Hour: 8 Years Ago in Atlanta

I wasn’t praying for magic I was hiding in plain sight Rising up to the surface To fly into the light Rush — “Sweet Miracle” “I just hope Dale’s OK.” Three weeks earlier, Darrell Waltrip’s words in FOX’s first broadcast of the Daytona 500 had become unintentionally immortalized, spoken in concern after the Goodwrench No. …

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What’s Vexing Vito: The Great American Race – Suppressed by the People’s Republic of NASCAR

I’m actually pretty excited this morning. Normally during the week, I’m in a bad mood until about 11:00 a.m., but today is a little different as the actual NASCAR racing season gets underway with actual racing – the Gatorade Duels at Daytona International Speedway will set the field for Sunday’s 51st running of the Daytona …

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Happy Hour: The New Man in Black – Jeff Gordon

Most of you are probably aware of the new look on the No. 24, but if not, you can check out Jeff Gordon’s new black-focused paint scheme on Jayski. OK, now relax. I’m confident that the pseudonym “Man in Black” won’t stick to the four-time Winston Cup champion. When people hear “The Man in Black” …

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Happy Hour: Please NASCAR, Not Martinsville Too

Martinsville Speedway isn’t for candy-ass drivers or spectators. And that’s the best thing about the joint. Like Fenway Park, one doesn’t go to Martinsville Speedway expecting the comforts and amenities of modern-day event facilities. Racing fans in southwest Virginia don’t go to races to sip lattes and possibly meet celebrities. No one goes to the …

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