Race Weekend Central

Happy Hour: Will Kasey Kahne Be Much Better at Hendrick? Not if Recent History is a Guide

Whenever a high profile driver changes teams, much is made of how well he will perform at his new digs. Either he will finally realize his long-stifled talent, or there’s going to be some struggles while the new team “gets back on track” with the help of his leadership in the garage. It seemed like …

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Voice of Vito: Green-White-Wreckered an Action Detrimental to the Sport of Stock Car Racing

Following the finish of the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega this weekend – I’m sorry, the Aaron’s 532 – the general consensus by the media at large was that it was a fantastic race that validated a number of variables. As much as some would downplay it, the spoiler was a rousing success. Not only did …

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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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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

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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Who’s Hot/Not in Sprint Cup: Pre-2010 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Edition

As we prepare for racing’s semi-annual version of Russian Roulette (Talladega), it’s always nice to take a quick look back before we see whose lives are going to be battered by the Big One. Don’t believe me? Just remember last year. Jeff Gordon came to ‘Dega 98 points in front of Jimmie Johnson and seemingly …

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Dialing It In: Penske, Childress “Shelling” Out Silly Season Madness in April

If the first few weeks of the 2010 NASCAR season has proven one thing, it is that the majority of slicing and dicing is taking place behind closed doors as opposed to on the racetrack. This year, Silly Season has come fast and furious at a time when no new money is finding its way …

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Fanning the Flames: Harvick, Kahne & the Sponsors That (Don’t) Love Them

Business is picking up on the NASCAR scene. From driver hires to $20-million sponsor associations, the last couple of weeks have given us a glimpse at the future NASCAR landscape – one that we rarely see this early in a season. We’ll address all that fun and more this week. Let’s get to it…. Q: …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas

Once again, Mother Nature wreaked havoc with the NASCAR schedule, causing the second rain-delayed race in three weeks. It was a nightmare scenario for many involved with the sport; but for Denny Hamlin, it’s like an unexpected bonus. For the third time in four races contested on Monday, Hamlin came home victorious, this time just …

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Running Their Mouth: 2010 Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas

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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Bettin’ the Horsepower: Texas-Sized Gamble Not to Put $ on Hendrick/Roush

For two races, NASCAR’s new spoiler has done little to influence the outcome of competition. But in our first trip to the Lone Star State this season, expect many teams’ days to be “spoiled” by the way it makes these cars handle on an intermediate. The speeds down south will approach 200 mph, throwing a …

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