NASCAR Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: The Busch Brothers Focus On Kicking Carl-Brad Off Center Stage

Isn’t it strange how for a series that has the longest season of any of the major U.S. professional sports, an off week feels like an eternity? So, it’s with much relish and gusto that I’m looking forward to Sunday’s 500-lapper at Thunder Valley, especially after three straight weeks of intermediate cookie-cutter tracks. And that’s …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta

The No. 2 car of Kurt Busch managed to win a race, but it was two other stories that stole the show this weekend at Atlanta. Carl Edwards made payback on superspeedways an acceptable behavior, while Goodyear once again brought a tire to the track that failed to perform as expected for nearly one-third of …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Shelby American at Las Vegas

A weekend in Las Vegas turned out lucky for Jimmie Johnson, who took a four-tire gamble on the last pit stop and rode it to victory number two in as many weeks. Just like that, second-place Kevin Harvick saw the race slip away – along with his hold on the top spot in our Power …

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Happy Hour: Jeff Burton May Finally Be Back

If there is a Rodney Dangerfield of NASCAR, it may be Jeff Burton. He doesn’t have the Cups that the glory brothers at Hendrick Motorsports have. He doesn’t have the name recognition of Dale Earnhardt Jr. He doesn’t polarize the media like Tony Stewart. He won’t even be repeatedly pronounced the best driver to never …

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Weekend Lowdown: 2010 Shelby American at Las Vegas

Race No. 3 of the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series schedules brings both series to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Similar to Auto Club Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing has traditionally run very well at the 1.5 mile tri-oval, visiting victory lane six times. Hendrick Motorsports has won another four times at the track. Chip Ganassi’s team …

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Bowles-Eye View: A Tale of 2 Seasons – NASCAR Teams Struggling to Gauge Where They Stand

In a world that thrives on instant analysis, it’s so easy to fall into the two-race trap of choosing who’s a true Chase contender. Ryan Newman? DNFs mean forget it. Denny Hamlin? Looking shaky at best. Kevin Harvick? Leading the points and in perfect position to challenge Jimmie Johnson… right? But in a year with …

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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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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: 2010 Auto Club 500 at Fontana Edition

I’ve done this column twice so far in 2010, and both have been when I’m physically less than 100%. At this rate, it seems like my body is mimicking the attendance at virtually every race ever run at Fontana (Zing!) But seriously, folks, the second race of the season gave us a solid look at …

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The Yellow Stripe: After a Disappointing Season, RCR Contenders Again

So far, so good for Richard Childress Racing in 2010 – six combined races among three teams, three top fives, five top 10s, 153 of 450 laps led (33% of the total laps run) and a lowest finish of 11th. Let’s also not forget to mention a Budweiser Shootout win for Kevin Harvick. In short, …

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