Tag Archives: Dario Franchitti

Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 Drivers You Aren’t Seeing on Sunday

The first off week of the season allowed our staff to take a look at the other racing series that NASCAR has to offer; as such, they did a little ranking of some other drivers that the fans love to follow. Whether they are seasoned veterans in the waning years of their career, or young drivers who are trying to prove themselves, they were all considered for this poll of the best stock car driver without a full-time ride in the Sprint Cup Series. Check below to see if your budding superstar -- or old favorite -- made our list!

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Voices from the Heartland: Where to Hide or Find Your NASCAR-Themed Easter Eggs

Well folks, it's that time of year again! It's time to get creative and dye those Easter eggs! For all you hardcore NASCAR fans, I hope this week's column will give you a few ideas on where to hide all those eggs that you actually put racecar numbers on. (Don't be ashamed, everyone does it. It's just that no one talks that much about it!) Plus, it's a great way to familiarize all the young'uns with the current drivers and their sponsors. Going a step further, if you get those little tykes (and the grownups, too) reasoning out where they're most likely to find, say, the No. 26 Crown Royal egg, you're creating not only a fan, but a more intelligent fan at that!

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Missing DW’s Voice… Seriously, A Missed Question To Kevin Harvick, And Missing A Mystery Caution

From SPEED's pre-race show, I appreciated the explanation of bump stops on the shock absorbers, as well as the various shims that could be used. Also, the debate between Kyle Petty and Bootie Barker about bumpstops on "Trading Paint" was pretty interesting; giving technical expertise in terms the general public can understand is never a bad thing. The funniest moment in the TV coverage at Bristol came in Friday evening's "Trackside" program on Speed. DW asked Juan Pablo Montoya how you say "boogity" in Spanish, and Montoya replied, "I don't even know how to say it in English."

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Aric Almirola Breezes Through Bristol

Mark Martin was not piloting the No. 8 Chevy for the first time in 2008 this past weekend, but one would never know it judging by the performance Aric Almirola turned in on Sunday. Making just his seventh Sprint Cup start, Martin's protege began the day from the 16th position, but once the green flag dropped, he never fell much lower than that on the scoring pylon. The young rookie, who just turned 24 last Friday, managed to avoid all of Bristol's multiple incidents while displaying the driving skill of a veteran.

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Bubble Breakdown: Brian Vickers Digs Out Of A Hole, While Jamie McMurray Digs Himself One

Five teams and drivers worked their way into the Top 35 after the first five races of 2008 to displace those struggling organizations. Who were they, and which cars are now on the outside looking in? Let's take a look as we switch from the 2007 to 2008 owner points while looking back on Bristol.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Sharpie Mini 300 at Bristol

Considered a preseason favorite for the Nationwide Series championship, Clint Bowyer officially established himself as a contender on Saturday. With a little bit of luck and a whole lot of skill, the driver of the No. 2 Chevrolet led 122 of 171 laps run to score the win in the rain-shortened Sharpie Mini 300 at Bristol. A jubilant Bowyer said afterwards, "It feels awesome [to be in Victory Lane]. I'll take it any way you can get it."

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta

Each week, we'll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all 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 the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: From Dario Franchitti To Patrick Carpentier, Vegas is Vicious to Rookies

While Sam Hornish Jr. showcased early potential, he was once again the victim of bad luck early in the race, as he cut a tire on the tri-oval around the lap 50 mark. He would wreck and finish in 41st -- only two spots higher than his last place performance a week ago. With Hornish forced to the sidelines, it was actually Carpentier who was having the most successful weekend in Las Vegas. He made his first race of the season with an impressive 12th-place qualifying run on Friday; then, on Saturday the Canadian piloted the Wisk Dodge to an eighth-place finish in the Sam's Town 300 while filling in for the ailing Kasey Kahne. It looked like the hot streak would continue on Sunday, as Carpentier held the top rookie spot for much of the race until he was forced into the wall coming off of turn 2 on lap 163 -- sending the No. 10 Dodge to the garage.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas

The old adage that the front of the pack is the safest place on the track did not hold true on Saturday. Mark Martin, chasing down the leaders with five laps to go, got into the back of Carl Edwards, taking out both Edwards and then-race leader Brad Keselowski to win his 48th career Nationwide Series race. Martin was subdued in Victory Lane, stating "I've got to apologize before we do any celebrating. I hate for that to happen. I didn't intend for it to turn out that way. But I couldn't stop it, once it started. I feel real bad for Brad, because he was so close to getting his first victory." Nonetheless, Martin proclaimed himself honored to drive for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and for giving JR Motorsports their first victory on the Nationwide Series tour.

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Rain, Sam Hornish Jr.’s Hard Hit Ruin Rookie Results at California

If the rookies are looking for reasons to explain their poor performance in Fontana, this past weekend has offered plenty of them, talk about baptism by fire. With Mother Nature wreaking havoc on the Auto Club 500 festivities, these freshman drivers faced very limited practice time, unusual track conditions and a race that had multiple interruptions and took almost 24 hours to complete; conditions these men have probably never seen and hopefully will never have to see again. This nightmare we tried to call a NASCAR race provided plenty of explanation for the pitiful performances turned in by the newbies and perhaps even grants them a "free pass" from criticism. It's been a slow start of most of these guys however, and I expect much better runs next week.

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