Race Weekend Central

David Starr Driver Diary: Thoughts & Prayers With Those on the Texas Coast

It has been a frustrating few weeks for myself and my Red Horse Racing team. My No. 11 Toyota Tundra has been awesome and we’ve been running top 10, but at both Bristol and Gateway, we were involved in wrecks that ruined our potential top-10 finishes. It seems we’ve had this monkey on our backs …

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Voices From the Heartland: At What Point Does NASCAR Fame Make You Become a Jerk?

Every once in a while, something is publicized that, when you read it, leaves you scratching you head (or other parts of your anatomy) wondering – just where the heck did that come from? Such is the case with the recent Rolling Stone article featuring Tony Stewart. Normally, I never would have even read the …

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Fanning the Flames: Joey Logano’s Debut, Kyle’s Karma & Tony’s Ravioli

Here’s to hoping the 10 Chase races are as cool as the one we saw in Richmond. It’s a long shot, I know… but here’s to hoping. Q: Matt, my question last week was about Joey Logano and how you thought he would do in his first race. Well, like you alluded to God and …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Stocking Your Team for Chase Fever in Loudon

The Chase is off and running with this weekend’s race at Loudon, and the time for gamers to weigh their options for the run to the finish is now. There are 12 extraordinary teams who made this year’s playoff field – but there’s also plenty of quality drivers who didn’t make it. The job for …

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Top 10 Reasons Rolling Stone Should Stick to Writing About Rock Stars – Not Tony Stewart

10. Tony Stewart probably doesn’t even know who Dr. Hook is. 9. “…A cloud of greasy black smoke from Jimmie Johnson‘s celebratory rubber burn wafts over…” Black smoke from a burnout? Ain’t never seen that! 8. The article is more conveniently slanted than the corners at Bristol. 7. The only instrument Stewart could possibly play …

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Mirror Driving: Richmond Renaissance, Dangerous Chasers & Doomsday for Dodge?

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: Vito Pugliese (Tuesdays/Voice of Vito) Matt Taliaferro (Thursdays/Fanning the Flames) Amy Henderson (Fridays/Holding a …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Tony Stewart Rude, Crude & 1 of the Best

I’m not sure who I rank as the best all-around driver I have ever witnessed do battle on a racetrack; but of the three at the top of my list, only one is still active… Tony Stewart. (Mario Andretti and AJ Foyt round out my own personal all-time top three). That’s not a particularly controversial …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Dramatic Richmond Race Had ESPN Covering All Sides

Just like Bristol a couple of weeks ago, made-for-TV storylines saturated Sunday’s Richmond race as much as Tropical Storm Hanna soaked the area late Friday and early Saturday. Not only were several drivers vying for the final transfer positions into the top 12 in the standings – thus qualifying them for the Chase – but …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond

1. How Low? – “When times are tough, there are certain things that are lower on the priority list than others,” said Dodge Motorsports senior manager Mike Delahanty in announcing that the company would not support any Craftsman Truck Series teams beginning next year. Actually, the only truck team that the manufacturer still funds was …

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Bubble Breakdown: Michael McDowell Into Top 35; Dave Blaney Into Bud Shootout

Forget the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship – the drivers in our Bubble Breakdown are chasing a few goals of their own. With 10 races to go in the 2008 NASCAR season, the battle to be locked in the field for 2009 has become a dogfight for five spots between seven teams separated by …

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And Then There Were 12: Richmond Unkind to David Ragan & Kasey Kahne

After 26 races, over 7,000 laps and waiting out a tropical storm; Sunday’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 was the final chance for seven drivers to take their best shot at claiming one of the five remaining positions left in the 2008 Chase for the Championship. In the end, 12 drivers and teams can celebrate …

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