Race Weekend Central

What’s Vexing Vito?: Bristol Brings Out the Worst in Everyone

The big story following the 13 days of hype before Bristol is that ratings were down to a scant 3.9 Nielsen rating; last year’s Atlanta race carried a 4.8 rating, while Bristol being ran the next week following the Brad Keselowski aerial escapade notched a 5.3. Attendance suffered as well, looking more like a typical …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: 2011 Preseason Top 15

After nearly three months of hibernation, the green flag drops on NASCAR’s 2011 points championship this week. As usual, there are several new obstacles for the teams to deal with as they get ready to compete in the Sprint Cup Series this year: A new type of racing fuel, a new fuel delivery system, one …

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Running Their Mouth: 2011 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona

It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what they all were thinking following the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

*Best Quote*

_”This is an unbelievable way to experience Victory Lane at Daytona, and this is a great way to start the new season. It was really about the teammate of the day — Jamie McMurray. I can’t thank him enough [for the push]. All the credit goes to him. At the end, I wanted to give those guys [Newman and Hamlin] a hard push, as I figured Hamlin would split with Newman.”_
– _Kurt Busch, race winner_

5 Questions for 2011: Will the NASCAR Nationwide Series Survive?

Today’s Season Preview Topic: While the NASCAR Nationwide Series eliminated Cup full-timers from championship contention this year, they stopped short of keeping them from running the full schedule. Do you expect them to do so when all is said and done, and with no rookies or new teams on the horizon are these moves too late for the series to survive over the long-term?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 after the 2010 Ford 400 at Homestead

With 36 points races and 41 weeks on the calendar, the extensive NASCAR Cup season finally came to its long-awaited conclusion at Homestead, Fla. Denny Hamlin had the championship in hand; all he needed to do was finish ahead of Jimmie Johnson and the Sprint Cup trophy was finally his for the taking. But that …

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5 Points to Ponder: Have At It, Boys… They Certainly Did

As someone who follows the Sprint Cup Series with a pretty serious level of devotion – it’s nigh on impossible to write a coherent weekly column if you don’t keep up, after all – the final checkered flag of the season always comes as something of a rude shock. You see, after 10 months of …

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No Bull: 3 Rivalries That NASCAR Needs in 2011

Outside of the Chase for the Championship drama, the end of the 2010 NASCAR season was pretty entertaining. Drivers certainly ‘had at it’ (isn’t that the most overplayed quote of the year), but now have more than 80 days to cool off before the unofficial start of the 2011 season. Here’s some rivalries that need …

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