Race Weekend Central

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Kyle Busch & the 5 Amazing Mentors – A Tale of Speed & Impertinence

Since his outburst about teamwork, or the lack thereof, at Daytona earlier this month, Kyle Busch has been under a microscope that is already on high power as he searches for a new ride for 2008 and beyond. He’s been called a whiner, immature and spoiled. His comments were looked at as childish and jealous. …

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Fanning the Flames: 1 NASCAR Team’s Folly is Another’s Fortune

What a typical NASCAR vacation: The circuit takes a one-week hiatus from on-track action only to turn up the volume away from it. The Ginn/DEI merger not only shuffled the driver deck and taught prospective owners a thing or two about life in the bigs, it opened a spot in the owner points standings for …

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Voices from the Heartland: Surprise! NASCAR’s Version of Reality Slightly Skewered

In case you didn’t know it, the competitiveness in NASCAR’s highest ranks has never been better. Don’t take my word for it, though; just ask NASCAR. On second thought, you don’t have to. This sport is more than willing to tell you what to believe. Here is an excerpt from a July 16 NASCAR press …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 Brickyard 400 Edition

Jeff Gordon – Gordon has won a track record four Brickyard 400s, including the inaugural event in 1994. He’s also managed 10 top-10 finishes here in 13 starts. The Indiana transplant is hugely popular with the fans in Indy, as well. Denny Hamlin – Hamlin finished 10th here last year in his only Brickyard start …

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Mirror Driving: Chasing the Chase, Truckers Ruining the Race? & Does ESPN Know Their Place?

This week marks ESPN’s return to covering Cup racing after a seven-year absence. What are your expectations for this season?