Race Weekend Central

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Boston Ventures Could Give Petty Enterprises a Bright Future – If They Remember the Past

It had to happen, really. Petty Enterprises’ announcement on Wednesday that they had sold a portion of the family business that has been around as long as NASCAR has been on the track was not really a surprise. But on some level, it is a disappointment. Boston Ventures, by all accounts, is a wealthy, stable …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: It’s Not All Dale Earnhardt Jr. All the Time

I was reading through some old (and not-so-old) racing columns and found one that I wrote last year that got me thinking. Actually, it was the comments that I got that got me thinking. I wrote about some of the issues that were making NASCAR less than popular with the fans. You can read about …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: 3 Shots Heard ‘Round the World – NASCAR’s Defining Week

It’s the unofficial start of summer, but things heated up weeks ago in the NASCAR world. Much of the swirl of discussion has been predictable; what driver will go where, who is living up to expectations, when will Junior win, the same things that go around every summer. But there are a couple of stories …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Elliott Sadler at Charlotte 2008

While Kasey Kahne got a million dollars richer Saturday night, Elliott Sadler had a million reasons to wonder what might have been. Polesitter for the Sprint Showdown preliminary race, contact with AJ Allmendinger on lap 7 sent the No. 19 Dodge hard into the wall, ruining any chance Sadler had of transferring into the main …

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Beyond the Cockpit: AJ Allmendinger’s Sophomore Season

When AJ Allmendinger was introduced as a Cup Series rookie two seasons ago, he was expected to be a work in progress – and he is. Now in his second year on the circuit, Allmendinger’s progress report has been filled with potential; but as we all know, that doesn’t always translate into performance. With a …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Ken Schrader a Lot Like a Rock

It was very nearly perfect. Stock car racing returned to the too-long-silent Rockingham (formerly North Carolina) Speedway last week on a picture perfect early summer day. All eyes were on Joey Logano, the rookie phenom who won easily from the pole in his ARCA Re/Max Series debut, but it was a veteran who truly epitomized …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Convenient NASCAR Crashes – Karma or Coincidence?

How many times did your mother tell you to treat people the way you want to be treated? You probably laughed and stuffed your little brother in the laundry chute anyway. Maybe you went outside to play in the yard a few days later, and stepped right where the same brother walked the family dog …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Fans’ Reactions to Junior, Jeff, Jimmie & Jack Not What You Might Expect

It may be only five races into the NASCAR season, but there have certainly been a lot of things to think about: Toyota’s surge from backmarker to contender to winner; last year’s absolute domination of Hendrick Motorsports turning into not even being a serious contender to win in ’08; the Car of Tomorrow; Robby Gordon‘s …

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