Race Weekend Central

Happy Hour: Give Goodyear Credit for Turning It Around

As everyone remembers, last year’s Indianapolis race was such an unmitigated debacle that for once, NASCAR dropped their guard and apologized for the show. The Internet was afire with finger-pointing, some at NASCAR, some at Goodyear… but all of them were attached to fans furious at the low the sport had sunk to. It was …

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Fanning the Flames: Montoya’s Tach, Elliott’s Oil & the Revenge of the Pony Cars

With apologies to my colleagues here on Frontstretch, the column everyone should be reading this week (actually, every week) is by Dr. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky at StockCarScience.com. It shines light on many of the reasons it’s easy to speed on pit road, what role rpms, gears and the transmission play, and why simply installing a speedometer …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Conspiracy Theories Nobody’s Fault but NASCAR’s

Conspiracy theorists took little time in pouncing on NASCAR’s credibility this week following the lap 127 pass-through penalty of Juan Pablo Montoya for driving too fast on pit lane. Keep in mind there is no real incentive for the sport to intentionally interfere with Montoya’s dominating performance, nor is there a shred of evidence that …

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Saving Fantasy Lives 1 Pint at a Time in Pocono

After a three-hour snoozer at Indianapolis, the tricky triangle that is Pocono Raceway isn’t exactly the best follow-up venue; however, like it or not, we’re racing there Sunday and so is your fantasy team. The race for the Chase is heating up, and with the Cup Series returning to Pocono for the second time this …

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Mirror Driving: Inverting the Field, Road Racing at Indy & Gauging Roush’s Future

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news and rumors. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Beth Lunkenheimer (Tuesdays/Running Your Mouth & Various/Frontstretch Truck Series Reporter) Mike Neff (Wednesdays/Power …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Brickyard 400 Edition

Jimmie Johnson may have come from out of nowhere to claim his second consecutive Brickyard 400, but the three-time defending has been RED HOT as of late.

Fan’s View: To All the Bored NASCAR Fans out There… Patience Is a Virtue

Boring. Tedious. Wearisome. These are adjectives continually assigned to NASCAR races. It seems that we, the fan, expect to be entertained every week with side-by-side racing, last-lap passes, on-track rivalries and finishing orders that materially affect the Chase. It’s clear that we’d rather not watch a 400-mile event where a single car drives away with …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Brickyard 400 Edition

Each week, Frontstretch hosts a live blog during the Sprint Cup race. It’s a great way for readers to interact alongside their favorite Frontstretch writers with videos, live commentary, and live polls. Each of this week’s “Five Points” were polls taken during the Brickyard 400 live blog. ONE: Should the Nationwide and Truck series run …

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