Race Weekend Central

Jamie McMurray Hopeful Despite Disheartening Year

AVONDALE, Ariz. – “It’s been a frustrating year. I think everyone knows that.” That’s how Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 26 Cup car for Roush Racing, summed up his 2006 season this morning in Phoenix. As a result, big changes are in the works at Roush Racing. The organization has only two drivers – …

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Scanner Static: Did Kevin Harvick Deserve a Pat on or a Shove in the Back?

Q: Why does everyone talk about Robby Gordon being a bad driver or Jimmie Johnson being dangerous when Kevin Harvick still has a ride? He ran over, just simply ran over Scott Riggs. I can understand why Riggs’s crew member got upset; I would have knocked the (expletive) out of Harvick as soon as he …

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Voices From the Heartland: Kevin Harvick Aces Crucial Test

People have been waiting for it all year. The non-Harvick fans, the media, even the Childress camp wondered if and when it would happen. When would “Happy Harvick” suddenly snap and become “Hothead Harvick?” Well, folks, I must say, if there wasn’t a meltdown last Sunday, don’t hold your breath for the rest of the …

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Mirror Driving: Toyota Already Underachieving in 2006?

Team Red Bull has had an auspicious debut, failing to qualify for any of the races it’s entered this season. Is this a true indicator that Toyota has a lot of homework to do, or is it hard to tell anything because they’re using Dodges?

Thompson in Turn 5: NASCAR’s Chase – No Changes Needed

Speculation on what changes NASCAR Chairman Brian France and his NASCAR “braintrust” will decide to make in the Chase to the Nextel Cup for the coming year gained momentum this past week when France spoke publicly about possible modifications to the championship format. Supposedly, any such modifications will be put off until the offseason, with …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas

Sunday’s Dickies 500 blew through the 2006 Chase standings like a Texas tornado; when the dust settled, no position in the top 10 went unchanged. The rough and tumble winds meant that for many Chase drivers, it wasn’t such a beautiful day. Jeff Burton‘s title hopes took a major hit when a blown tire sent …

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