Race Weekend Central

Fanning the Flames: NASCAR Speed = Distance Divided by Time

Thanks once again for a fun batch of input this week. You’re taking the column back! And Doug, I haven’t forgotten about yours, bud. It’s a two-weeker. Q: Glad to see that the drivers are speaking up about the Carl Edwards infraction. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Elliott Sadler and others were vocal in their opinions that …

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Fanning the Flames: Palm Sweat, Las Vegas Blackjack & Taking Your Chances with the NSCRC

Lesson learned the hard way last weekend: When a casino changes dealers on you, just get up and walk away – no exceptions, no questions asked. This is now one of Taliaferro’s Cannon Laws; well, after I kissed that hundo goodbye in a heartbeat. Our esteemed Managing Editor managed to get out of Las Vegas …

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Fanning the Flames: Plotting the Forecast for Vegas, for Robby Gordon & for Bobby Labonte

Whew! This column almost didn’t get posted this week. See, I developed a weeper in between the F4 and F5 buttons on my keyboard, and I had to put the hair dryer to it. Sorry, sorry… had to get one final shot in before we move on. Drop me a line in the next few …

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Mirror Driving: Too Much Rain, Too Many NASCAR Penalties & Too Little Parity?

NASCAR did everything possible to get the Auto Club 500 off as scheduled Sunday. But they came up short thanks to Mother Nature and a host of other issues.

Fanning the Flames: Casual Questions From “Hardcore” NASCAR Fans & Vice Versa

Another solid batch, guys and gals. The diversity of questions is just outstanding, so keep ’em rolling in, Thus far you all have absolutely topped yourselves from where we were at this point last season. And before we start, I just have to say that if Chubby Checker and his painted-on jeans, denim jacket and …

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Mirror Driving: Dodging the Charger, Who Pulls the Next Upset & Questioning the Start Times at Daytona

Dodge took six of the top-10 spots in the Daytona 500. Were the Dodges merely in the right place at the right time or are they going to be a force this year?

Fanning the Flames: Yo, NASCAR! This is a No Spin Zone!

Thanks for another solid batch of input this week. I know everyone’s adrenaline is pumping because it’s Speedweeks, and I’m loving the feedback… so keep it coming. Remember, this is your column, your chance to be heard. Q: Matt, I have been trying to figure this out. Kurt Busch deliberately hit Tony Stewart‘s car three …

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Mirror Driving: A Slap on the Wrist for Stewart & Kurt Busch? Junior Go Whoosh & Waltrip’s 2008 Push

For the second time in a year, Kurt Busch took his frustration with Tony Stewart out on pit road. This time, NASCAR went for probation. Was this enough?

Who’s the Champ, Who’s the Chump & Who’s in the Chase: 2008 NASCAR Staff Predictions

Now that another new NASCAR season is officially upon us, the time is here for our Frontstretch staff to look like geniuses… or fools… with our picks for who makes the Chase – and most importantly, who takes this year’s title. So, read on to find out who your favorite expert picked to bring home …

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Fanning the Flames: Buyouts & Points Swaps a Greasy Affair for NASCAR

The end of the NASCAR offseason always seems to bring an unexpected surprise… and this year was no exception. Just when you thought the driver/car owner dance was over, up jumps Robby Gordon like one of the girls in Grease sitting along the edge of the gym, waiting for some guy in an ill-fitting suit, …

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2008 Season Preview: How Can NASCAR Stop the Bleeding?

After a year of declining TV ratings and empty seats in the stands, NASCAR is working hard to win back the fans. What’s the most important thing to do?