Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not Around the World of NASCAR

The big boys took this weekend off to prepare for the second half of the summer, but for a handful of drivers looking to fill their shoes someday, downtime is simply not an option. They’re all fighting to hold a job in this shrinking market, with one bad move sending them to the sidelines: just …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 Up & Coming NASCAR Stars

The second off week of the season gives us a chance to take a step back, get a little creative, and play the role of “talent scout” for the power rankings this week. This time, our experts were asked to look into their crystal ball, ranking the top-20 prospects coming up the ranks that could …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Ford 200 at Homestead

Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag 0.949 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton to win the Ford 200 Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The driver of the No. 4 Georgia Boot Chevrolet took the lead for the final time on a green-white-checkered finish to score his second consecutive win. Colin Braun, Timothy Peters and Todd Bodine rounded out the top five.

Tracking the Trucks: 2009 WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas

Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.955 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton to win the WinStar World Casino 350 Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch took the lead from Ron Hornaday Jr. on lap 98 and never looked back despite a charge from Crafton in the late stages of the race. Hornaday Jr., Todd Bodine and Colin Braun rounded out the top five.

Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Las Vegas 350

Johnny Sauter took the checkered flag 2.474 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton to win the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night. Sauter took the lead for the final time with 17 laps remaining and never looked back on the way to his first career Camping World Truck Series win. Jason White, Todd Bodine and Timothy Peters rounded out the top five.

Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Heluva! Good 200 at Loudon

Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.560 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday Jr. to win the Heluva! Good 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. Busch took the lead during a round of green-flag pit stops in the late stages of the race, and never looked back despite having to face a restart with seven laps remaining. Kevin Harvick, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top five.

Mirror Driving: Matt Crafton’s Penalty, Kyle & Kurt’s Big Problems & Johnson Playing Dumb?

After the dust settled at Richmond, Brian Vickers was in the Chase while Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth were left on the outside looking in.  Is not having the series bad boy or perpetual championship contender in the playoffs bad for the sport?

Talking NASCAR TV: “Chasing” Diverts Too Much Attention From “Racing” at Richmond

Hello, race fans. The Richmond race weekend every September has always been an exciting weekend. Good racing is nearly guaranteed and, since it’s a short track, there is plenty of contact to go around. However, since 2004, this weekend has taken extra importance because it is the last race before the Chase for the Cup …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 Copart 200 at Gateway

Mike Skinner took the checkered flag 0.285 seconds ahead of Johnny Sauter to win the Copart 200 at Gateway International Raceway Saturday afternoon. Skinner took the lead after NASCAR black-flagged Matt Crafton for rough driving inside 10 laps remaining after Crafton helped cause two wrecks which eliminated several top contenders. Skinner was then able to hold off Sauter in a green-white-checkered finish for his third win of the season.

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