Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice? As the Kenseth Crumbles, Lajoie on Drugs & Bruton the Bully?

Did You Notice? With Todd Parrott’s reassignment Tuesday, Matt Kenseth is now on his fifth crew chief in less than three years? Let’s review: Robbie Reiser (1999-2007): Reassigned to the Roush GM post after November, 2007. Together, Kenseth and Reiser earned 16 wins, 79 top-fives, 141 top-10s and the 2003 Winston Cup. Chip Bolin (2008): …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Tech-Net 300 at Charlotte

Saturday at Charlotte was a classic case of role reversal, with a late comer snatching a Nationwide Series race from the dominant driver of the day. In this case, that late comer was none other than Kyle Busch, who charged from two laps down after pitting under green and incurring a speeding penalty to lead …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Royal Purple 200 at Darlington

For the 36th time in the last 82 Nationwide Series races, a Joe Gibbs Racing entry visited victory lane, with Denny Hamlin holding off teammate Kyle Busch to score his first Nationwide Series victory of 2010 and first since Kansas back in 2008. Hamlin, who won the pole for Friday night’s race as well, combined …

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2010 Driver Development Already Suffering

What started as a year full of promise for a new crop of development drivers to restore the Nationwide Series to its rightful place as a development league for the future of stock car racing has quickly unraveled. Not surprisingly, John Wes Townley continued his struggles of 2009 even with the backing of Richard Childress …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Aaron’s 312 at Talladega

One year ago, Brad Keselowski shocked the stock car world, winning the Sprint Cup race at Talladega as a Nationwide Series regular. This year was a case of role reversal; but when all was said and done, he was back in victory lane, scoring his first NASCAR win since making the move to Penske Racing. …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 O’Reilly 300 at Texas

It was business as usual at Texas Motor Speedway Monday. Despite Joey Logano‘s best efforts, Kyle Busch was able to charge to the lead on a late-race restart after dominating the late afternoon, scoring his third Nationwide Series win of 2010 and his fifth at Texas. Busch was unchallenged for much of the event, with …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Bashas Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix

When it’s your night, it’s your night. Friday night was Kyle Busch‘s night… though he certainly made it interesting. Busch led all but 14 of the first 136 laps until he lost the lead to Brad Keselowski after trying to throw the No. 22 Dodge off on a restart. Busch’s move backfired; not only did …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not: NASCAR Stars of the Past & Future

  Yesterday’s end to March Madness was the ultimate display of David vs. Goliath: the small school Butler Bulldogs versus the longtime tournament powerhouse Duke Blue Devils for a national title. But why put all your eggs in one basket, rooting for that classic “Big Brother vs. Little Guy” matchup when you can see the …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Pepsi 300 at Nashville

Expect an announcement in the very near future that Kevin Harvick will be running for a third Nationwide Series crown. Why not? This Saturday in Nashville, his No. 33 was the class of a very stout field in what’s turning into a regular occurrence for 2010. And this time, everything, be it fast pit work …

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Did You Notice? Martinsville’s 2nd Swan Song?, Silly NASCAR Warnings & Roush on QVC?

  Did You Notice? Martinsville’s finish was one of the best we’ve had in the past several years, causing longtime fans to breathe a little easier about its future? I wish I could say I’m with you on that one. Certainly, if these decisions were based on racing alone Martinsville would be assured a second …

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