Race Weekend Central

Full Throttle: Try as We Might, Racing is Still Dangerous

The sport of automobile racing excites competitors and fans on many levels. The speed, the sound, the engineering, the strategy are all things that stimulate the senses and thrill people who come to the race track or watch on TV. One thing that thrills some drivers is the fact that they push it to the …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Michigan 200

Colin Braun took the checkered flag 1.790 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Michigan 200 Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway. Braun led less than half the laps Busch did, but he led the most important ones on his way to his first career Truck Series win. Brian Ickler, Matt Crafton and Mike Skinner rounded out the top five.

At-Track News and Notes – 2009 Lifelock 400 at Michigan

Situated in the backyard of the Big Three automakers, MIS has traditionally been one of the marquee events on the NASCAR schedule. This year however, it has taken on a decidedly different tone. Amid the recent bankruptcy filings of Chrysler and General Motors (both of which were against their will), more questions were raised during the course of the day with the performance of the manufacturers in court and corporately, rather than out on the track.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: Johnny Benson Ousted at Red Horse Racing

After a less than thrilling race at Texas Motor Speedway, the Camping World Truck Series made up for it to the tune of some big news. Monday afternoon, I got home from work and read in disbelief that Johnny Benson‘s No. 1 Red Horse Racing team has shut down due to a lack of operating …

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What’s Vexing Vito: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Johnny Benson Ousted From Red Horse Racing

“I have a lot of faults Brad, but ingratitude isn’t one of them.” – George C. Scott in Patton – 1970 That line came to mind this week, when it was announced by Red Horse Racing, that defending Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Benson Jr. was being booted from the No. 1 Toyota Tundra. …

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Mirror Driving: Judging Double-File Restarts, Benson’s Pink Slip, & of Course… Busch & Earnhardt

NASCAR appeared to listen to drivers and fans with the new double-file restart rule. Did they make the right call?

Tracking the Trucks: 2009 O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas

Mike Skinner was standing on pit road in the rain when he got word he won the rain-shortened O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 presented by World of Warcraft Monday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. Skinner led the field when the red flag flew on Saturday for rain, and found himself in that same top spot when the rain came again on Monday. Reigning champion Johnny Benson finished runner-up to Skinner, with Brian Scott, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Brian Ickler rounding out the top five.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 NASCAR Drivers NOT in Sprint Cup

With NASCAR’s off week in full swing, it presented an opportunity for the Frontstretch experts to do something a little different. Instead of grading the Cup guys, we took a look at those drivers who often get shunned from the spotlight these days, the drivers exclusive to the Nationwide and Camping World Truck series desperate …

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Sponsorship Woes Hit Truck Series Hard

As the Camping World Truck Series takes its longest break of the season, sponsorship woes continue to plague the series. When the economy started taking a downturn, I never imagined how serious an impact it would have on NASCAR and more importantly the Truck Series. No team owner or driver is immune to the difficulties …

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