NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Mirror Driving: 2011 Hall Candidates, Who Loses a Date & Respect, Baby

Sunday’s race was won with a bump and run from series champion Jimmie Johnson to Kurt Busch in a classic short track battle. But on Friday, Mark Martin and Jeff Burton both commented that lack of respect on the racetrack is becoming a huge problem in NASCAR, changing how the game is played in a bad way. Are they correct, or were the comments just leftover frustration from a wreck-filled race at Sonoma?

Bowles-Eye View: Will NASCAR’s New Garage Leader Please Stand Up? Only Veterans Can Stop Bumper Cars 2010

“Horrendous.” “Berserk.” “A living hell.” All these words were uttered by some of NASCAR’s finest drivers Friday, looking back at the Infineon Bumper Cars 350 as the newest pimple on a face littered with the acne of bruised egos and broken racecars. Six months after the sport’s “Have at it, boys” mentality and one year …

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Fanning the Flames: Marcos, in America it’s pronounced “D’Oh!”

Don’t worry, Marcos. It happens to the best in the business, too. Need proof? Check this out. Looking to get something off your chest? Have an opinion about the controversy of the week? Want to get a technical question cleared up? This is the place. Shoot me an email this week and I’ll get your name …

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Voice of Vito: New Hampshire Motor Speedway More Like the Thunderdome This Sunday

“There’s no laws in this place, anything goes – it’s Thunderdome!” Such were the words of George Costanza to Jerry Seinfeld in a memorable episode of Seinfeld, where Jerry was attempting to get a deal on a new car. That same line may come to describe this weekend’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire, …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon

A typical road-course weekend saw a few names you don’t normally see up front, and some you expected to see up front relegated to poor finishes through no fault of their own. When the smoke cleared from a day filled with bumper cars and bumpy strategies, Jimmie Johnson surprisingly took home the checkered flag for …

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Fact or Fiction: Will Dale Jr. Make the Chase? & Other Hendrick Motorsports Topics

It’s amazing how as soon as one driver goes on a hot streak, fans and some media almost immediately forget about perhaps the most dominant driver of this generation. Sure, Denny Hamlin has won three of the last six races and is the leader in the clubhouse with five wins, but let’s take a quick look at the numbers through all 16.

Did You Notice? How Michigan Saved Itself, Ringers Unemployed & Fixing Mark

Did You Notice? How Michigan’s attendance for the June race increased by 5,000 between 2009 and 2010? It’s an interesting twist during a year of continued attendance declines, especially considering the state unemployment rate, as of March 2010, was hovering just under 15%.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Heluva Good! 400 at Michigan

The Irish Hills of Michigan were not the scene of a fuel-mileage strategy play this weekend; instead, the drama scenes fizzled in the face of total domination by Denny Hamlin. Not even mystery debris could cloud the ending of a race thoroughly controlled by the No. 11 from start to finish. Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon …

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The Yellow Stripe: Who Would Be the Best 2010 Champion for NASCAR?

With Denny Hamlin’s second straight victory – and fifth overall in the last 10 races – there are plenty of people who are getting ready to crown the No. 11 wheelman as 2010 champion a full 12 races before we even get started on the big old Chase shebang. Clearly, Hamlin is on a tear, …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono

They call it the Tricky Triangle for a reason, and a serious last-lap melee involving eight cars was the latest Pocono pitfall that knocked out a number of top contenders late. Among those taking hits on the track and in the Power Rankings included Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr., creating a …

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