Race Weekend Central

Fanning the Flames: Cleaning Out the Inbox & Heading for Hampton

As per our typical off-week Q&A (or does “atypical” fit better when discussing off weeks?), let’s roll out the miscellaneous, non-time specific questions accrued since mid-July — with a couple Montreal queries thrown in for the Nordiques. 12 weeks left in the season, then it’s the holidays. Does that seem weird to you, or is …

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Fantasy Insider: Bet High on 2 Hit or Miss Drivers in Atlanta

Welcome back, one and all, to Frontstretch’s Fantasy Insider. With the final off-week of the season behind us, it’s time to look ahead to Sunday night’s race in Atlanta, the highlight of Labor Day weekend – and the track where they used to give out the coolest trophy in auto racing to the winner of the Bass Pro Shops 500.

Grading the 2010 NASCAR Pack, Part II: Drivers A-Kenseth

With the NASCAR season two-thirds of the way gone and the final off week now out of our way, we’re taking a brief moment of respite, grading all the drivers and teams once again on their performance so far in 2010.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol

The new Bristol provided a lot of excitement over the weekend, but the traditional bump-and-run found itself replaced by another classic maneuver: the slide job. When done correctly, Kyle Busch used it as a weapon towards an unprecedented three-race sweep; when done wrong, it led to a bump and spin on Friday night during the …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Edition

Coming off a somewhat tame, yet historic race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Sprint Cup series heads into their final off-weekend of the season. It gives drivers, teams, and fans a chance to cool off and regroup before the last 12 races, including the 10 in the Chase for the Cup. For some (ask Jimmie …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol

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 the drivers, crew members and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what they all were thinking following the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Mirror Driving: Bad Boys in Bristol, NASCAR in Canada & a Lady’s Future

Kevin Harvick has led the points standings for much of the season, but he’s been overlooked by many fans and media as a true NASCAR title favorite. Did his victory at Michigan elevate Harvick to the role of a championship threat in a year when no team has been able to find much consistency?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 CARFAX 400 at Michigan

At the center of it all is Jack Roush, who put three cars inside the top five at Michigan; was that enough for all of them to make moves toward the top of the Power Rankings? And while Kurt Busch done blowed up, was that lack of horsepower enough to send him tumbling out of the poll? This week’s NASCAR Power Rankings reveals all the movers and shakers after the year’s final trip to the Irish Hills.

5 Points to Ponder: Mark Martin’s Misery, All Hail ARCA & the Entitlement of Joey, Kyle & Denny

Just one year ago, Mark Martin won the first race at Michigan and came within a splash of gas of at least a top-five finish in the second one. Now, after a mediocre 16th-place run in the spring race, he was running as a top 15 car again this Sunday before contact with David Reutimann put the No. 5 in the wall, causing enough damage to result in an ugly 28th-place finish that dropped the 51-year-old outside the top 12 in points.

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