NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Jamie McMurray’s Honeymoon Ends… Rocky Marriage to Follow?

The 2010 season for Jamie McMurray started on a note higher than Mariah Carey could ever sing. After running fast throughout Speedweeks, the new driver of the No. 1 Chevy captured the Daytona 500 and followed that triumph with an emotional, tiring whirlwind of press conferences and other media appearances that endeared him to NASCAR …

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Fantasy Insider: Kyle Busch Only Sure Bet in Vegas

Well, we did a little better last week at Fontana than Daytona. All my normal picks finished in the top 23, with my studs running in the top 13 and two of my underdogs 12th and 17th. Plus, Jamie McMurray won the pole while Brian Vickers logged bonus points for leading the race. My dud …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Auto Club 500 at Fontana

Taking the plates off at Auto Club Speedway meant the first “unrestricted” race of the regular season Sunday; and for once, the 2-mile oval didn’t disappoint. No pothole appeared to stop the action, but a threat from Mother Nature sure helped start it, with rain clouds keeping the racing hot and heavy the second we …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Telecasts OK, But Improvements Can Always Be Made

Hello, race fans and welcome to our weekly look into the race broadcasts that you and I watch each week. It is my 50th critique, the “golden critique,” if you will. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series teams were in Fontana, Calif. for the Auto Club 500 and Stater Brothers 300 (not …

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Happy Hour: What’s Left To Be Said About The Daytona 520

There I sat in my capacity as Official Columnist of NASCAR, after two long delays, which at least enabled me to spend some time with visiting in-laws that have zero interest in racing. Before the first green-white-we’ll-figure-it-out-eventually, my three fantasy drivers that day, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon, were all in the top …

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Fanning the Flames: Letters From You on a Red-Flagged Sunday Afternoon

Here I sit, red flagged and broken hearted, Tried to watch a race, but the asphalt parted. A few of you had a couple of hours to kill last Sunday and decided to drop me a line. Q: What’s as troubling as the pothole opening up in the middle of the biggest race of the …

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Fantasy Racing Insider: Look No Further Than Roush Fenway for Fontana

Well, last week wasn’t too horrible for me – or for you, if you took my fantasy advice – when all was said and done. Four of my drivers finished in the top 25, all of them finished in the top 30, and four of them logged bonus points for leading laps. All three of …

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