NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2007 Auto Club 500 at Fontana Edition

Normally, the fireworks in Daytona are reserved for July, but they came out early this year. 2007’s version of NASCAR’s Super Bowl didn’t disappoint in the action department… at least in the final fourth of the race. Kevin Harvick started off his season on fire with a weekend sweep after claiming his first Daytona 500 …

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Matt McLaughlin’s 2007 Daytona 500 Driver Handicaps

Jimmie Johnson: Johnson won last year’s Daytona 500, and his 32nd-place result in last year’s Firecracker 400 ended a streak of five finishes of sixth or better in Daytona points races. On the plate tracks lately, the Hendrick cars always seem to be contenders.

Scanner Static: No Denying Jimmie Johnson Now

Q: When are you media types going to give Jimmie Johnson his due? He’s raced a great Chase, and he’ll be the next Nextel Cup champion after Sunday. I can’t get over the hatred for what he does and who he is. Oh wait, I get it – he’s Jeff Gordon‘s buddy. No wonder you …

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Scanner Static: Did Kevin Harvick Deserve a Pat on or a Shove in the Back?

Q: Why does everyone talk about Robby Gordon being a bad driver or Jimmie Johnson being dangerous when Kevin Harvick still has a ride? He ran over, just simply ran over Scott Riggs. I can understand why Riggs’s crew member got upset; I would have knocked the (expletive) out of Harvick as soon as he …

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Mirror Driving: Toyota Already Underachieving in 2006?

Team Red Bull has had an auspicious debut, failing to qualify for any of the races it’s entered this season. Is this a true indicator that Toyota has a lot of homework to do, or is it hard to tell anything because they’re using Dodges?

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville Edition

This weekend’s race at Martinsville kicks off the second half of NASCAR’s playoffs, the Chase for the Championship. The first five races have been kind to some of us (Mike), while others are struggling to make up lost ground from early miscues (Cami). On the track, Jeff Burton has made the biggest gain, moving from …

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Scott Riggs Nips Teammate Kasey Kahne for 2006 Bank of America 500 Pole at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. – Scott Riggs was probably the only guy Kasey Kahne worried about when it came to challengers for the Bud Pole Thursday night. It turns out he was right to be concerned. Kahne was sitting comfortably at the head of the field for most of the qualifying session until his Evernham Motorsports teammate …

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Evernham Motorsports Claims 2006 Banquet 400 Front Row with Kasey Kahne on the Pole

Kasey Kahne picked up the pole for Sunday’s Banquet 400 at the Kansas Speedway, making it his fifth pole of the season (tying Kurt Busch for most poles in 2006). Kahne, looking for his sixth victory of the season, will line up beside his Evernham Motorsports teammate, Scott Riggs. This is the second sweep of …

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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Dover 400

For the first time since November 2001, Jeff Burton took the checkered flag in a Nextel Cup race, scoring the win in Sunday’s Dover 400 to put RCR on top for the third straight week. Winning for the first time in his last 175 tries at the Cup level, Burton’s quest for the checkered flag wasn’t easy.

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