Race Weekend Central

Talladega the Last Straw: The Madness Must End

Anyone who reads this site knows that I’ve always defended restrictor-plate racing as being just that, racing. Real racing. I’ve defended it as a discipline, just as road racing is a discipline, and insisted that the Chase needs Talladega just as much as it needs a road course in it. And even after Sunday’s joke …

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Bobby Labonte Likely a 1-Hit Wonder for TRG Motorsports

The past weekend’s race at Atlanta would appear to have been nothing short of vindication for Bobby Labonte. A past champion who was unceremoniously semi-released from his Cup ride in favor of a part-time Nationwide Series driver, Labonte did exactly what any driver in his shoes would like to have done; he flat outran his …

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“Brisdull?!” The New Thunder Valley Roars Under the Lights

Rewind back to 2007 and the first night race at the “new” Bristol. I wasn’t even on staff at Frontstretch at the time, but I distinctly remember reading Jeff Meyer’s column on the split that existed everywhere, between the fans, the media and even apparently Bristol track personnel as to whether or not the progressive …

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Enough Already: Jeremy Mayfield’s Latest Failure

Jeremy Mayfield has tested positive for methamphetamine use, according to the latest sample collected by NASCAR. And no, this is not in reference to the test that Mayfield originally failed in May. He failed another one. A urine sample collected by NASCAR technicians on July 6 at Mayfield’s home returned positive for meth use. The …

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Jeremy Mayfield Injunction a No-Win Situation for NASCAR Racing, Drug Testing

Guess who’s coming to Daytona? That’d be none other than formerly-suspended Jeremy Mayfield. With high-powered attorney Bill Diehl backing him up, Mayfield was granted a temporary injunction that will allow him to return to competition as early as this weekend’s races in Daytona Beach. And while Diehl was quick to label the court’s finding in …

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Petty & Earnhardt (Possibly) to Toyota? The Times They Are-a-Changin’

Rumors are just rumors and this time of year sees the mill turn the most. Two weeks ago, Richard Petty Motorsports announced a partnership with Braun Racing to field entries in five Nationwide Series races with drivers Elliott Sadler and Kasey Kahne. The Braun team runs Toyotas, so, despite the press release not mentioning the …

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Throw the Businessmen From the Train: Kentucky Speedway Deserves a Cup Race Now

The soap opera circling around Kentucky Speedway and the track’s attempts to land a coveted Sprint Cup race date has become a fixture of the NASCAR rumor mill for years now, and I for one would love nothing more than to see this stupid white-collar fight between businessmen end. NASCAR for once is in the …

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