Race Weekend Central

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Has NASCAR Finally Found a Race It Could Fix?

“I’m humbled by this award. This means more to me than you’ll ever know.” Those were Kenny Wallace’s words in 2006 at the NASCAR Busch Series (now Nationwide Series) end-of-year banquet. The award wasn’t for series champion, nor for any other points position. Wallace was the series Most Popular Driver in 2006, as voted by …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Marcos Ambrose After His Cup Debut

Recently Assistant Editor Amy Henderson sat down with Marcos Ambrose in New Hampshire to talk about the Tazmanian native’s Sprint Cup debut, his family’s move halfway around the world, and just how much gold he’s found away from the track while participating in his favorite hobby. Strap in as Frontstretch goes Beyond the Cockpit with …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: According to Bruton Smith, New Hampshire Offers Bright Future, Not a Means to an End

When Bruton Smith talks, everyone listens; and Sunday was no exception. Popping up just prior to his track’s main event, Smith spoke to the media as newly purchased New Hampshire Motor Speedway prepared for the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event under the Speedway Motorsports Inc. banner. As usual, all ears were in Smith’s direction …

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Drive the Hell Out of the Car – But Don’t Wreck It!

My Jay Robinson Racing team continues to find our way. This is a new situation for me to try to make our team better. We went to Nashville and we were competitive to where we were able to finish 16th, on the lead lap which was a feather in our cap. We’re pointed in the …

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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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