Race Weekend Central

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix

As the season winds down to its final weekend, Jimmie Johnson‘s firm grip atop our poll mirrors his 108-point lead in the Sprint Cup standings. Barring some sort of catastrophe at Homestead this Sunday, a fourth straight title – and our 2009 Power Rankings championship – will be his. But the No. 48 team’s commanding …

Read more

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix Edition

As the sun sets on the 2009 Sprint Cup season many unknowns float around the garage, such as the destinations of free agent drivers, the future of unsponsored teams, and the next step for the dozens that already have been laid off from race teams, or soon will be. One question that seems answered already …

Read more

Running Their Mouth: 2009 Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix

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 Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500K at Phoenix International Raceway.

Big 6: 2009 Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix

Sure, I called him to win this week, but hey, I was close! Jeff Burton finished a solid and hard-raced second at Phoenix, his best run of the year. Burton has suffered through the mysterious malady that has plagued all four Richard Childress Racing teams this year, but Phoenix is Burton’s third top-10 finish in the last three races – a sign that things are turning around?

Fanning the Flames: The Crew Chief Carousel & Other Assorted Oddities

I hear all the time that many of the races on the Cup circuit need to be shorter. Well, you get your wish this weekend. The Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 is actually only 312 laps, and on a 1-mile track, that makes for a pretty tidy show. Why is “500” listed in the race’s …

Read more

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas

A crash on lap 3, combined with 111 points lost to his closest competition at Texas, didn’t faze any of our voters in this week’s poll. Not only did Jimmie Johnson maintain his first-place position in unanimous fashion, he maintains a rather healthy points lead in our Power Rankings over second place with just two …

Read more

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas Edition

The Texas Tea Party we all witnessed Sunday ended up tasting like fuel, as Kurt Busch claimed his second season victory in the Dickies 500. While the race had its dull moments (er… stretches), the finish surprisingly was more exciting than last week’s 500-mile parade in Talladega, with Kyle Busch running out of fuel with …

Read more

Running Their Mouth: 2009 Dickies 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 …

Read more

Bowles-Eye View: Fuel-Mileage Finishes Adding Fuel to Fans’ Fire?

While younger brother Kyle flashed some speed, it was older brother Kurt who showed his smarts Sunday at Texas. Leading 232 of the first 332 laps, the younger brother was in position to pull off the first ever “triple sweep” – winning Truck, Nationwide and Cup shows at the same track in the same weekend …

Read more

Kurt Busch Wins 2009 Dickies 500 at Texas

If last weekend’s race from the Talladega Superspeedway was disappointing for fans and drivers, this weekend’s Dickies 500 was full of excitement from the drop of the green flag. After Jeff Gordon led the field to the start it did not take long for the action to heat up on the 1.5-mile speedway in Fort …

Read more

Sign up for the Frontstretch Newsletter

A daily email update (Monday through Friday) providing racing news, commentary, features, and information from Frontstretch.com