NASCAR Race Weekend Central

The Yellow Stripe: It’s Not All About the Top 12 – 10 Wild-Card Storylines to Watch in NASCAR’s Chase

For the past 26 weeks, we’ve essentially conducted a form of “Prelude to the Chase,” with drivers jockeying to be in the all-important 12 available spots post-checkers at the second Richmond race. Now, with the field set, you can pretty much guarantee that a quick glance at the Jayski Article/Links page will show 99.9% of stories are all about the hallowed NASCAR playoff format.

Bubble Breakdown: Front Row Version 2.0 Making a Move at Atlanta

Less than a week after Kevin Conway and sponsor ExtenZe left Front Row Motorsports’ No. 34 team, drivers Travis Kvapil, David Gilliland and Tony Raines quietly salvaged finishes inside the top 30 at Bristol to move all three of their teams more than 20 points away from the bubble. Sliding closer to trouble was none …

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Grading the 2010 NASCAR Pack, Part II: Drivers A-Kenseth

With the NASCAR season two-thirds of the way gone and the final off week now out of our way, we’re taking a brief moment of respite, grading all the drivers and teams once again on their performance so far in 2010.

Bubble Breakdown: Front Row Motorsports Regroups at Brutal Bristol

Last week at Michigan, Elliott Sadler ended a nine month top-10 drought and amassed a season high 375-point cushion on the bubble. Regan Smith and Scott Speed also turned heads on race day by parlaying pit strategy into a pair of top-25 finishes while Sam Hornish Jr. continued a steady seven-race gain. But behind these …

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Bubble Breakdown: Elliott Sadler Bounces Back After Brutal Pocono Wreck, Top-35 Notes

Tremendous point swings marked last week’s chapter of the 2010 Top-35 battle as the twists and turns of Watkins Glen stirred up the standings. While Marcos Ambrose earned a season-best third-place finish and 90 points of cushion, Scott Speed plummeted 46 points down into bubble danger with the first last-place finish in his young Cup …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: 2010 Watkins Glen-Michigan Edition

With the checkered flag at Watkins Glen, NASCAR’s two-race road-course experiment has been shelved for another season. If only Marcos Ambrose had four more ahead of him, we might see the No. 47 in victory lane, after all. Instead, he and Juan Pablo Montoya must adjust to the daunting prospect of all left turns at …

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Bubble Breakdown: Marcos Ambrose Amazing While Scott Speed Slips Onto Edges of Top 35… Again

Last week at Pocono, Sam Hornish Jr. was all smiles when his fourth consecutive top 11 at the tricky triangle capped a five-race, 157-point climb up the standings for his No. 77. The run moved them past Marcos Ambrose, who suffered his third engine failure of 2010, and Elliott Sadler, who was left catching his breath after a horrifying late-race crash, while putting the top 25 in points within reach.

Did You Notice? “Waving” a Silly NASCAR Rule Goodbye, Innovation vs. Ignore & Real Heroes

Did You Notice? That Pocono was one rain shower away from the most laughable victory NASCAR has ever seen? Under a red flag for rain, Sam Hornish Jr. – yes, the same Sam Hornish Jr. that has yet to score a top-10 finish this year – was sitting out front, using pit strategy to vault …

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Bubble Breakdown: Sam Hornish Jr. Didn’t Win… But He Still Lucked Out at Pocono

Last week, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was mean to the bubble drivers, preventing all but one – 24th-place Travis Kvapil – from finishing any higher than 30th. A first-lap crash crunched the fenders of Elliott Sadler and Sam Hornish Jr., a shredded tire ended Robby Gordon’s day and mechanical troubles wreaked havoc on both Kevin Conway and Regan Smith.

Running Their Mouth: 2010 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

Welcome to Running Their Mouth! 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 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

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