Race Weekend Central

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Is Someone Else Worth Picking Over Kyle Busch & Carl Edwards at Bristol?

The toughest ticket in NASCAR. Jet fighters in a gymnasium. Bristol has been nicknamed many things; but when it comes your fantasy team, it’s likely been called something we can’t print on this page in front of you. Indeed, Saturday night’s 500-lapper is the one race left you’re cursing out on your schedule, almost as …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Ken Schrader a Lot Like a Rock

It was very nearly perfect. Stock car racing returned to the too-long-silent Rockingham (formerly North Carolina) Speedway last week on a picture perfect early summer day. All eyes were on Joey Logano, the rookie phenom who won easily from the pole in his ARCA Re/Max Series debut, but it was a veteran who truly epitomized …

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Bubble Breakdown: Go or Go Homers Get Roughed Up at Richmond

As the NASCAR season rolls on, a familiar pattern unfolds around its qualifying bubble; the number of locked-in teams in jeopardy of falling below the cutline grows smaller each week. The lower half of those 35 guaranteed a starting spot continue to distance themselves – permanently putting aside worries of the dreaded DNQ – and …

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Critiquing NASCAR TV: Who’s Turned Things Around in 2008… & Who Hasn’t

This is my first week writing for this website, and my first time taking over Frontstretch‘s new television critiquing column in particular from John Potts. But after a challenging week in Mexico City for television – with the race being in a foreign country and all – I didn’t want to start my writing career …

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Fanning the Flames: “Smack” Talk, Engine Issues & NASCAR’s Damn Gopher Cam

Thanks to all the guys and gals out there who are sending a wide range of questions. You all manage to keep the input timely and (sometimes) challenging, but that’s a good thing. By the way, could someone tell me who won that Yankees/Red Sox game last Saturday night? I was watching a ballgame that …

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Happy Hour: Nationwide Whackers are Hurting NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series

On several occasions during the Martinsville race this past Sunday, the announcers in the FOX booth analyzed “short-term gain” vs. “long-term loss.” The comparison was made whenever a driver skipped a pit or took two tires for track position, meaning that they may gain track position in the short run, but the older tires may …

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Fanning the Flames: Petty, Childress, Earnhardt Shaking Things Up

If you’re like me, you don’t spend the majority of April Fools’ Day looking over your shoulder anymore. Yeah, I used to be one of those guys that took full-on advantage of the one day of the year where I could turn a co-worker’s office around backward or slip the occasional Whoopee Cushion in there… …

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Mirror Driving: Veterans Driving Junk, Who’s in a Funk & Will Chrissy Wallace Flunk?

Chrissy Wallace, daughter of driver Mike Wallace, is set to make her debut in one of NASCAR’s top-three series this week. Has Wallace proven her talent?

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