Race Weekend Central

Happy Hour: The Best 2008 NASCAR Stories That You Will Soon Forget

When a few of the Frontstretch gang get together for Mirror Driving on Monday nights, what happens in that room gets chopped and mangled and edited before its airing on Wednesday. Conversations are stitched together for coherence, off-topic rants are removed, and a sincere effort is made to ensure that at least most of the …

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Voices From the Heartland: With NASCAR Season Over, I Leave You with a Few Parting Thoughts & Shots

Let’s start with Jimmie Johnson. While I refuse to compare Jimmie to Cale Yarborough, for the two are incomparable, it is at this time that I formally congratulate Johnson for winning three Cups in a row. Sprint Cups that is, not Winston Cups, for they too are incomparable. Recently, at a meeting of some highly …

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David Starr Driver Diary: Another Season in the Books

Editor’s Note: This diary is part of a wrap-up series detailing the end of the season for Frontstretch’s four driver diary participants. So, here we are, at the end of another season in the Craftsman Truck Series! It’s only been two races since my last entry. The race at Phoenix was just OK for us, …

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Driven to the Past: Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Once again, something I read on the website Dayton Speedway Lives brought back some memories. A photographer named Scott McIlwain wrote about his experience attending the last Dayton 500 in 1979, and mentioned that Glenn Ohlmann was the winner. Ohlmann was from Louisville, and was a regular competitor at the old Fairgrounds Motor Speedway as …

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Fanning the Flames: Closing the Inbox on the 2008 NASCAR Season

The NASCAR offseason is finally upon us; but as they say, there is no rest for the weary. It’s been a blast talking with so many of you during my second season with Frontstretch, so keep those questions coming and we’ll publish a few Fanning the Flames columns during the circuit’s downtime. Besides, some of …

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Rick Crawford Driver Diary: I’ll Keep an Eye on the Casino for You…

Editor’s Note: This diary is part of a wrap-up series detailing the end of the season for Frontstretch‘s four driver diary participants. Since the last time I was here, we went to Talladega, Martinsville, Atlanta, Phoenix, Texas and then ended up at Homestead. During that stretch, we showed some signs of greatness as a team …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Get a Head Start on NASCAR 2009 With a 2008 Stats Review

A season of NASCAR fantasy racing has once again come and gone. Jimmie Johnson was the best at the end of the year, and came home with his third consecutive Cup championship. But while Johnson was on top when the Chase wrapped up, he was far from the best fantasy driver on the racetrack. Instead, …

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Thompson in Turn 5: NASCAR Stars Weigh in, for Better or Worse, on Big-3 Bailout Debate

The growing worldwide financial crisis seems to be growing larger, more confusing and more controversial every day. While not be a topic particularly appropriate for the sports page NASCAR, more than any other major sport in the U.S., is directly related to the business world. One look down pit road is a colorful exhibit of …

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Mirror Driving: NASCAR 2008’s Biggest Moment, 2009’s Testing Nightmare & Judging Johnson in 2050

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: Bryan Davis Keith (Thursdays/Picks ‘N’ Pans & Sundays/Nationwide Series Breakdown) Doug Turnbull (Tuesdays/Talking …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 NASCAR Season Breakdown

The checkered flag has flown over the field at Homestead marking the end of a historic 2008 NASCAR season. We saw controversial and exciting finishes, scary crashes and a historic third consecutive championship for the dynasty that is Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus and the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team. The season also featured three consistently …

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Talking NASCAR TV: NASCAR on ESPN Finale in the Books… the Grading Begins

The second season of NASCAR’ s rebirth on ESPN is in the books. Reactions from NASCAR fans across the nation have been mixed regarding the network’s coverage. When NASCAR and the sports network announced their partnership in 2006, the potential seemed boundless for how good the coverage was going to be. From the first green …

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