NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Denny Hamlin Finally Claims Victory at Home in Richmond; Vickers Claims Final Chase Spot

For Denny Hamlin, races at Richmond International Raceway are home games. It would mean the world for him to win there since he grew up only eight miles from the track. Well, after Saturday night, Denny doesn’t have to pine for a win anymore. Hamlin led six times for 299 laps Saturday night, although many …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Leads Quiet Night for Rookie Contenders

Much as ESPN’s focus was on the Chase and the drivers contending for it, the action at the front of the pack was largely veteran, with the rookies in the field left to run their own races and to figure out an already difficult circuit under the lights. And while Logano managed to crack the top 15 and run with the leaders (including eventual race winner Kasey Kahne), the ever-changing track conditions at Atlanta proved too much for even the Rookie of the Year leader, as the No. 20 car lost their handle and faded late.

Bubble Breakdown: David Stremme, Paul Menard Lead Several Bubble Drivers With Top-20 Finishes

Well pull up a chair kids, we had a major case of musical seats amongst some of our bubble teams that isn’t even over yet and I’m gonna try and explain it all to you. It started when Bobby Labonte who drives for Hall of Fame Racing was taken out of his ride by HoF’s …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Sharpie 500 at Bristol

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 peek at what the drivers were thinking following the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Patience & Perseverance Pay Off for Speed at Bristol

In Friday’s Driver Diary, Scott Speed gave the Frontstretch faithful a little insight into how he would perform this weekend when he wrote that he that believed he had a car better than what the team brought to Bristol earlier in 2009. Well, it may have not looked that way early on, but this driver and team ran the half-mile exactly the way they should have and were rewarded in the end. Speed did not overdrive the car and kept his nose clean while providing effective feedback to his crew chief.

Bubble Breakdown: Top-15 Finish Has Scott Speed in Striking Distance of Top 35

Well bubble fans, it looks like we’re losing one of our bubble dwellers, again. During the week it has been reported that David Stremme will be replaced in the No. 12 Team Penske Dodge by rising star Brad Keselowski in 2010, if not sooner. David was just not getting the job done for Team Penske, …

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Scott Speed Driver Diary: Victory Junction Visit & A Little Brother Update

We’re coming off of a big weekend here at Team Red Bull. Brian Vickers’s win is great for the organization and really puts us on the map. Although to tell you the truth, it doesn’t affect the No. 82 guys as much. We already know that we have fast equipment and when things go right, …

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Did You Notice? Whether Family & NASCAR Really Mix?, No Chase, No Crew & White House Snubs

Did You Notice? How amazing it is Jeff Gordon’s competing for the title this year? I say that not because of his ailing back (although that’s another story all to itself) … it’s because he’s busy changing diapers at home. Who in the world is capable of doing both? Now, I’m mostly joking around with …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano’s Inadvertent Pit Call Leads to a Top-10 Finish

It was a day where Joey Logano reminded us that he was still a rookie and then demonstrated how much he has grown as a driver by recovering from it. After running in the top 15 for most of the race, miscommunication put the driver in the precarious position of being up front but having to pit off sequence.

Bubble Breakdown: Underdog Bubbles Burst While John Andretti Beats Scott Speed on Fuel Mileage

The last few weeks, John Andretti’s radio has been a little livelier than normal. Instead of just lap times and car positioning, John has been requesting to know where the No. 82 car is on the track. That’s because Red Bull Toyota has beaten Andretti’s No. 34 Chevrolet the last three races, slowly closing the …

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