Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice? Matt Kenseth’s Collapse, Scheduling Snafus & Best Bets to Spoil the Chase

Did You Notice? The philosophy of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” That’s exactly what NASCAR is saying to us with the 2010 Sprint Cup schedule; they don’t think there’s anything wrong with both declining ratings and attendance, so there’s no need to mix up the schedule a bit to address a problem they …

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Did You Notice? The Power of Motivation, Danica Drama & How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot

Did You Notice? How the simple threat of future job security in NASCAR can motivate drivers sitting in mid-pack? Every year about this time, there can be so many that enter an ugly routine of just going through the motions. They’re not bad enough to have to fight to stay within the Top 35, but …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR’s a Young Man’s Game, Chasing Survival & Highway Robbery

Did You Notice? That with Michael Waltrip and now Bobby Labonte possibly out of full-time rides in 2010, the Cup Series has become more of a young man’s game than ever before – and the age of gray-haired success stories may finally be gone for good? Looking at the lineup of 2010 full-time teams, just …

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Did You Notice? Bruton Smith Full of Hot Air & Why Hendrick Cares About Brad Keselowski

Editor’s Note: Tom Bowles was on vacation this week, so DYN is short and sweet due to some prior commitments. Expect the full version to return this coming Wednesday. Did You Notice? That Bruton Smith doesn’t have as much power in NASCAR as we think he does sometimes? For the second straight year, Smith has …

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Did You Notice? Whether Family & NASCAR Really Mix?, No Chase, No Crew & White House Snubs

Did You Notice? How amazing it is Jeff Gordon’s competing for the title this year? I say that not because of his ailing back (although that’s another story all to itself)… it’s because he’s busy changing diapers at home. Who in the world is capable of doing both? Now, I’m mostly joking around with that …

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Did You Notice? Harvick’s Plea to NASCAR, Martin’s Right Turn Gone Wrong & “Toasty” Bread

Did You Notice? Something during the rain-delayed ESPN broadcast that caught my attention? Kevin Harvick was being interviewed in the studio, and while the group was chatting the topic changed to driver development. All of a sudden, Harvick took a serious tone and started talking about defunct series like NASCAR’s Winter Heat, offseason racing televised …

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Did You Notice? Vickers Vexed by Pit Road, the 5-Lap Farce & Nationwide’s Double Standard?

Did You Notice? How much pit-road mistakes have played into the momentum of teams this season? It started in Daytona, when Dale Earnhardt Jr. missed his pit en route to what’s been a disastrous season. Between Juan Pablo Montoya’s speeding penalty causing controversy at Indy, failed gas gambles like Michigan’s 1-2 stumble by both Jimmie …

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Did You Notice? Fixing NASCAR’s Penalty Problem, Sponsor Hogs & Why Parity Doesn’t Matter

Did You Notice? All the hubbub surrounding Juan Pablo Montoya’s pit-road penalty? In the wake of a boring race at Indy, it seems all everyone wants to talk about is a conspiracy theory, with NASCAR putting the No. 42 in the penalty box for speeding simply to “spice up the race.” At the time of …

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Did You Notice? Mayfield Burned at the Stake, Sadler’s Recurring Nightmare & a Champ Cashing In

Did You Notice? That in light of everything that’s happened over the past week, there’s a large army of media, fans, garage members, etc. looking to tar and feather Jeremy Mayfield before all the evidence has even been collected? I had a hard-nosed debate with Dennis Michelsen of RaceTalkRadio.com Monday night about this issue, one …

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Did You Notice? McGrew Not the Answer for Earnhardt… Yet, Midseason Trends & Mystery Cautions Revealed

Did You Notice? Two quickie midseason stats that tell us who’s on top and who’s fallen apart so far in 2009? They might not be the first ones you look at when you wake up in the morning… but sometimes, it’s the small things that tell the tale as to some of the trends shaping …

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Did You Notice? Truex Missed Teresa, Hall of Fame Snubs, Fan Tragedy Averted & Stewart’s Smelly Towel?

Did You Notice? With the Hall of Fame’s official selection of its top 25, debate’s now raging on which five will be picked to be part of the Hall’s inaugural class. When that happens, there will inevitably be drivers and teams that get snubbed… it’s just an unfortunate part of the process. But with the …

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Did You Notice? Ganassi Kept the Wrong Guy, Logano’s a Little Too Shy & Money Talks

Did You Notice? That for all the Joey Logano hype, not everyone is jumping on the bandwagon quite yet? Certainly, Sunday’s race was a bonified step in the right direction for establishing the 19-year-old as a national superstar. But while Logano shattered the record for being the youngest race winner in NASCAR history, what we’ve …

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