NASCAR Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: Hendrick Expanding His Reach?, Toyota’s Gone Jimmie & Red Bull Gone Wrong

Saturday night’s Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway marked the second week of that tour’s standalone summer stretch and, not surprisingly, the second such race won by a Cup Series regular. And while ESPN’s telecast did pretty well to keep side-by-side action on the screen, showing more than Joey Logano while he laid waste to the field for much of the event, there were a lot of Nationwide Series regulars that in the span of three hours didn’t have their cars featured on TV.

Denny Hamlin Dominates at Michigan to Claim 5th Victory in 10 Races

“All we do is win, baby!” Such were the words Denny Hamlin uttered over the radio of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota as he was coming to take the checkered flag at the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. Sounding increasingly more like fact rather than t-shirt hyperbole fodder, …

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Dialing It In: Red Bull Racing Moves Forward Despite Setback

Sometimes in sports, the unexpected happens. Three weeks ago, Brian Vickers was hospitalized after a trip to Washington, D.C. for what at the time was a mysterious condition. Forced to sit out that weekend’s race in Dover, speculation ran rampant as to what was keeping him out of the car. Those questions were answered in …

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Scott Speed Driver Diary: Update on Brian Vickers, Changing His Luck & Being a Player!

It’s been great to be able to hang around the Charlotte area for the past few weeks, as I’ve enjoyed being home. We don’t get this opportunity too many times, so I will take it when I can get it. As I’m sure all of you know, it’s been a rough few weeks for us …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: 2010 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond Edition

Here’s the $5 million question: What’s the track with the fewest lead changes so far this season? Fontana? Nope. That’s actually sixth on the list (although you may not have been awake to see it). Atlanta? Nope. That’s number three (although the next version of this race may be run somewhere in Kentucky.) Hmmm… Las …

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Who’s Hot/Not in Sprint Cup: Pre-2010 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Edition

As we prepare for racing’s semi-annual version of Russian Roulette (Talladega), it’s always nice to take a quick look back before we see whose lives are going to be battered by the Big One. Don’t believe me? Just remember last year. Jeff Gordon came to ‘Dega 98 points in front of Jimmie Johnson and seemingly …

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Mirror Driving: Jumping the Gun on Restarts, Race Length & Hamlin’s Knee

Phoenix added 100 kilometers to its race on Saturday night. Did the extra laps give fans more bang for their buck, or was lengthening the race a mistake – one that could even cost them a second date with NASCAR’s restructuring?

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: 2010 Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Edition

With the Sprint Cup tour preparing for its second break in a little less than four weeks (courtesy: the Easter Bunny), it’s time to sit back and take stock once again at which drivers have all the momentum. And for those who don’t have any, there’s plenty of time to kick their season into high …

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