Race Weekend Central

Happy Hour: If Locked in the Chase, Why Race at Richmond?

When the Chase for the Cup was initially conceived (although “conceived” probably isn’t a good word for it… maybe “implemented over a cosmopolitan” works better), the only advantage for a team that had built up an insurmountable lead in points during the regular season was that they could take chances on different equipment or setups …

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Side by Side: Should a Winless Season Shut You Out of NASCAR’s Chase?

Editor’s Note: The following is a special edition of Frontstretch‘s Side By Side. Occasionally throughout the season, two of your favorite Frontstretch writers will duke it out in a debate concerning one of NASCAR’s biggest stories. Don’t let us be the only ones to speak our minds, though… be sure to read both sides and …

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Voices From the Heartland: Well, That About Wraps It up for Ganassi – the Sequel

Being the egotistical sort of creature that I am, I often – upon hearing certain news items come out of the NASCAR garage – go back through my archives to assure myself that I do, in fact, know what I am talking about. Turns out that’s the case once again this week, as another set …

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Fanning the Flames: Recent Hires Show NASCAR Owners Heading in a Familiar Direction

And with that, the Open Wheel Invasion has ended. If you’re wondering about the “that” of which I speak, it’s Chip Ganassi Racing’s announcement that Dario Franchitti will return to full-time IRL competition in 2009 – leaving behind Sprint Cup aspirations that lasted all of half a season. Yes, I know a few drivers whose …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Chasing Down Your Best Bets For Richmond

Providing Hurricane Hanna doesn’t interfere with the proceedings in Richmond, the regular season comes to an end in the Cup Series this Saturday night. The Chase picture will be completely in focus after the checkered flag falls, but one thing fantasy owners should know is that it’s already set for the majority of the field …

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Mirror Driving: California Snoozin’ While Jimmie Johnson’s Cruisin’

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: Amy Henderson (Fridays/Holding a Pretty Wheel) Bryan Davis Keith (Thursdays/Picks ‘N’ Pans & …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Richmond a “Must-See” Event

NASCAR’s long schedule has always become tedious for race fans who, as the season wears on, invariably suffer from stock car “burnout” to one degree or another. Expecting fans to sit through all 36 scheduled points races and the two exhibition races in a 52-week year is asking way too much and generally won’t happen. …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Pepsi 500 at Fontana Edition

One race is all that remains between now and this year’s much anticipated Chase. While half of the top 12 head to Richmond with a win-or-lose mentality after locking in their place in the Chase, a number of teams must run smart and post a solid finish to simply make the playoffs. Clint Bowyer holds …

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Talking NASCAR TV: ESPN is the Mark of Inconsistency for Sunday’s California Race

The last few Labor Day weekends have been a mark of remorse and anger for many of the NASCAR faithful since the Southern 500 was snatched from legendary Darlington Raceway and moved to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. The racing in California has been less than thrilling and is reflected by sparse attendance at …

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