Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Edition

Don’t you just love summer vacations? For me, the countdown is on; I’m just 48 hours from sitting on a beach, turning off the cell phone, and forgetting about the world for a few. Sure, I’m sad to miss the 400-mile melee at Daytona Beach – my favorite track to visit on the circuit – …

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Did You Notice? 2010 Title Down to 6 Men, The New Car Band-Aid & Quick Hits

Did You Notice? That with nine races left, there’s a bit of a cushion for a handful of playoff contenders? The top six in the Sprint Cup standings have at least 271 points over 13th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. That’s not an insurmountable margin, but large enough that all can breathe a sigh of relief, avoiding …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

Everyone thought that a little game of road course bumper cars at Infineon would stir up the Frontstretch Power Rankings. But one week later, it was actually the (mostly) caution-free, flat one-mile oval in New Hampshire that threw the top 15 into the blender. Four drivers climbed into the rankings this week, while four fell …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members and …

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Voice of Vito: New Hampshire Motor Speedway More Like the Thunderdome This Sunday

“There’s no laws in this place, anything goes – it’s Thunderdome!” Such were the words of George Costanza to Jerry Seinfeld in a memorable episode of Seinfeld, where Jerry was attempting to get a deal on a new car. That same line may come to describe this weekend’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire, …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon

A typical road-course weekend saw a few names you don’t normally see up front, and some you expected to see up front relegated to poor finishes through no fault of their own. When the smoke cleared from a day filled with bumper cars and bumpy strategies, Jimmie Johnson surprisingly took home the checkered flag for …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Heluva Good! 400 at Michigan

The Irish Hills of Michigan were not the scene of a fuel-mileage strategy play this weekend; instead, the drama scenes fizzled in the face of total domination by Denny Hamlin. Not even mystery debris could cloud the ending of a race thoroughly controlled by the No. 11 from start to finish. Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan

The fact that MIS is able to still draw nearly 100,000 fans twice a year for the Sprint Cup Series – not including those coming to watch the Truck Series, ARCA and Nationwide events, while sporting the worst economy in the country (Metro Detroit is estimated to have unemployment rate well in excess of 25%), is a testament to the track and the fans that continue to support it. When the Super Bowl was played at Detroit’s Ford Field, it generated over $300 million of revenue for the local economy. The two NASCAR race weekends hosted in the tiny burg of Brooklyn – in excess of $400 million.

Kevin Harvick Offers Insight to War of Words & Bumpers With Joey Logano

With the images still fresh in everybody’s memory of Joey Logano being sent for a long lurid four-wheel drift through the third turn at Pocono last Sunday, and the who where’s the firesuit in the family crack still ringing in our ears, Kevin Harvick held court in the Media Center yesterday at Michigan International Speedway …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono

They call it the Tricky Triangle for a reason, and a serious last-lap melee involving eight cars was the latest Pocono pitfall that knocked out a number of top contenders late. Among those taking hits on the track and in the Power Rankings included Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr., creating a …

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