Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: 2010 Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Edition

As the month of May pushes racing sharply into focus, who’s on top of the Sprint Cup world is more blurry than ever. You’ve got a points leader, Kevin Harvick, that’s leading by 110 but is driving for a team that has neither a 2011 sponsor nor a contract ready for him to sign. There’s …

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Denny Hamlin Completes 2010 Weekend Sweep at Darlington

“All we do is win.” Those were the words uttered by Denny Hamlin as he crossed the finish line at Darlington Saturday night, capping a weekend sweep at the track with his third win of the year on a night that saw a number of the usual suspects falter… or fall victim to the merciless …

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Dialing It In: Why Silly Season is Ready to Explode

The more things unfold off the racetrack, the more it seems NASCAR is in one of the biggest transitions the sport has seen in years with driver-team-sponsor partnerships. Teams such as Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Penske Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing and Team Red Bull all …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond

Jimmie Johnson appeared doomed to end the day a lapped car before a timely piece of debris saved his night at Richmond. But even with the mystery caution, a dose of good fortune could only keep the No. 48 car in contention for so long, struggling en route to a 10th-place finish that left him …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Crown Royal Presents the Heath Calhoun 400 at Richmond

Welcome to Running Their Mouth! 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 …

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Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Crown Royal Presents the Heath Calhoun 400 at Richmond

Kyle Busch dominated the opening laps of Saturday night’s Heath Calhoun 400, faded in the middle stages of the race and then capitalized on late-race cautions to score his first victory of the 2010 season. Leading a total of 226 laps, Busch put on one of the most dominant performance of the season… but was it the most dominant?

Potts’s Shots: Practice Makes Perfect for Kevin Harvick

A couple of words in S.D. Grady’s weekly commentary got my attention this week. As a foreword, I always read her commentary because I love that perspective. My position as a race official, most often as a flagman, was somewhere between the fan’s view and that of a competitor, and I always identified with what …

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Fanning the Flames: Chasing Kahne, Talladega Talk & a Return to Richmond

Those of you who are regular readers of this column have heard me mention my wife, Rachel, over the last few months. We’ve been married since Martinsville in the fall and are still in that stage where we’re learning the nuances of one another’s interests, often inquiring to clarify this or explain that. As I …

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Mirror Driving: Best Race Ever?, Finicky Felix & Doubleheader Dangers

The Aaron’s 499 featured a record 88 lead changes and three green-white-checkered attempts. Did that make it one of the best races ever, or was it just more of the same at a restrictor-plate track?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

The “lottery” that is Talladega these days usually shuffles the Power Rankings around like those ping-pong balls before they’re picked at random. For now, there’s one thing we know for sure when the drawing stopped: Kevin Harvick came out the big winner. He may have offended his current and future sponsor in victory lane during …

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