Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice? … One Saving Grace That Lies Ahead

Credit: Mike Neff

Did You Notice? … How much of a crapshoot Talladega makes the next round of this Chase? No one has an advantage on paper entering this three-race sprint as all 12 drivers are tied for the point lead. That means it’s nearly impossible to create a 47-point cushion, locking yourself into the next round before …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2014 Budweiser Duels at Daytona

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2013 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

The good news is that nobody had to worry about points on Saturday night. The bad news is that many teams come to Daytona with three cars: their Sprint Unlimited car, Daytona 500 car and Daytona 500 backup. After a practice wreck, some teams could be left scrambling. Carl Edwards’s team already loaded his Unlimited car on a hauler bound for Charlotte after his practice wreck; they’ll fix it, hang new sheetmetal, and bring it back to serve as the Daytona 500 backup as Edwards was forced to pull his original second car out for Saturday’s race.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2010 Richmond-New Hampshire Edition

In the words of Jim Mora: “Playoffs! You want to talk about playoffs? You kidding me?” That’s the reaction of the majority of the NASCAR fanbase nowadays, but like it or not, the seventh edition of the postseason format is finally upon us. Has it really been that long since Matt Kenseth lulled us to …

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Voice of Vito: NASCAR’s Throwback Race (The Southern 500) Couldn’t Happen at a Better Time

It’s no secret that over the last five years or so, the face of NASCAR has changed dramatically from what many fans had grown accustomed to. Even amongst the most die-hard company guys who would gladly toe the corporate mantra and mission statement, you’d be hard-pressed to find somebody that could sit there with a …

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Did You Notice? The Difference a NASCAR Decade Makes? & Feed the Rich

Did You Notice? What a difference a decade makes? In this slow off week, I figured we’d do something a little different to show how much NASCAR has changed in the past ten years. So I figured, with so much worry over Jimmie Johnson‘s seemingly limitless success as of late, why not take a look …

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Fantasy Insider: 36 Degrees of High-Speed Bristol Bank

Love it or hate it, the new Bristol Motor Speedway is a far cry from its older, one-grooved brethren. Perhaps the only half-mile oval out there that can boast legitimate three-wide racing, Thunder Valley may no longer boast the wrecks that made its night race so famous, but still poses a treacherous challenge to those …

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Did You Notice? Mayfield Burned at the Stake, Sadler’s Recurring Nightmare & A Champ Cashing In

Did You Notice? That in light of everything that’s happened over the past week, there’s a large army of media, fans, garage members, etc. looking to tar and feather Jeremy Mayfield before all the evidence has even been collected? I had a hard-nosed debate with Dennis Michelsen of RaceTalkRadio.com Monday night about this issue, one …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Bobby Labonte on Adjusting, Winning & Shooting the Truck?

At a time when veteran drivers are becoming a thing of the past in NASCAR, Bobby Labonte is the rare 40-something who’s remained a fixture in the series. Indeed, the sport has changed quite a bit since the Texan captured his lone Cup title nine years ago – but one thing that hasn’t is how …

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Bowles-Eye View: Beating & Banging At Its Best – NASCAR’s 5 Greatest Bristol Finishes

I hear you, guys… I hear you loud and clear. No matter what problems we face in the sport these days, the ½-mile track in Thunder Valley is still looked at as one where lightning strikes twice on the Sprint Cup circuit each year. While a repave has changed the type of racing we’ve seen over the past few seasons, Bristol still provides at least a threat of the type of action that’s attracted millions to sit down and get addicted to cars driving “round in circles.” It’s classic, old-school NASCAR at its best, where side-by-side racing comes with donuts plastered on the side of the car, and slowpokes learn their lesson in the form of a slam on their rear bumper – one that may or may not turn them into the inside wall. The close competition is usually reflected in the attendance at this racetrack, with each date earning a sellout every year since 1983.

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