Race Weekend Central

10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington

1. No Popularity Contest – Joe Gibbs Racing hot shoe Kyle Busch, winner of Saturday night’s Dodge Challenger 500, won honors as the First Quarter Driver of the Year for 2008. The voting panel, made up of individuals knowledgeable in the numerous disciplines of U.S. motor racing, picked the 23-year old Las Vegas, Nev. native for …

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Are We Primed For the Closest Nationwide Series Championship Race in Years?

In the five weeks since I last penned (or should that be typed) a Nuts for Nationwide column, we’ve seen racing in a variety of different venues encompassing short tracks, road courses, superspeedways and the more traditional 1.5-mile tracks. The schedule has tested both the skills of the drivers as well unearthing numerous logistical challenges …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond

Richmond is considered by many fans to be the best track on the schedule. Well, the race this week didn’t really provide much excitement for the first 382 laps, but boy, did it make up for it in the final 28. Denny Hamlin dominated the race from the drop of the green flag before a …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond

If you’re like many fantasy owners, last weekend’s race at Talladega left your team looking like it had seen better days. But as you try to regroup, beware; seeing Richmond on the schedule this week may not give you a warm and fuzzy feeling. Saturday night’s Crown Royal 400 offers both the excitement and headaches …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

How the Rankings Are Calculated: Frontstretch does their power rankings somewhat similar to how the Associated Press does them for basketball or football – writers on our staff will vote for the top 20 on a 20-19-18-17-16-15… 3-2-1 basis, giving 20 points to their first-place driver, 19 for their second and so on. In the …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Random Drug Testing – Harvick, Earnhardt, Stewart & Granny! Form a Line Over Here!

Recent shocking revelations that former Craftsman Truck and Nationwide series driver Aaron Fike not only concealed a painkiller addiction from NASCAR officials, but competed in CTS events after using heroin on race day has renewed criticism of the sanctioning body’s present drug-testing policies. At the moment, NASCAR does not have a random drug-screening policy like …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix

Phoenix International Raceway lived up to its billing as the track of compromise. Drivers were able to make it through one end better than the other all race long, while the tricky corners bit some of the biggest names in the sport. Some drivers moved up and some drivers moved down this week in the …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix

8. What, No Boogity, Boogity? – FOX broke away from their Subway Fresh Fit 500 pre-race programming to cover the rain-delayed end of the Major League Baseball game between historic rivals the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

Voices From the Heartland: Think Twice Before Playing Poker With Aaron Fike

It often appears that the suits in NASCAR hold all the cards; they are usually confident that no matter what the circumstances, they always have four aces up their collective sleeves. But a young driver named Aaron Fike – in his bid for eventual re-instatement as a NASCAR competitor – may have just laid down a …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix

After what many had hoped would be a good old-fashioned Texas shootout turned into a king-sized snoozefest, the series heads to Phoenix International Raceway this Saturday night for the first short-track battle under the lights of the season. With the exception of Jeff Gordon‘s dismal performance, Texas didn’t offer many surprises with no major upsets …

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