Race Weekend Central

Mirror Driving: Tires Making You Pout? Will Carl Edwards’s Penalty Have Some Clout? & Mark Martin Spinning Someone Out?

Carl Edwards’s win was tainted with word that an oil-tank cover was left off the car following Las Vegas. Is it time for NASCAR to strip a win?

Thompson in Turn 5: Carl Edwards’s Penalty – The Decision Should Be Simple

In a departure from NASCAR’s standard operating procedure, fines and penalties for rule infractions committed at Las Vegas were not announced on the Tuesday following a Sunday race. Of primary interest to stock car fans and Carl Edwards‘s No. 99 Roush Fenway camp is what the repercussions will be for a rule violation detected in …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Kyle Busch – So Much & So Soon

Kyle Busch is on fire! The 22-year-old phenom has made NASCAR and its three highest racing divisions virtually his own personal playground during the first two stops on the 2008 race calendar. Rolling into Las Vegas this weekend – coincidentally Busch’s hometown – the first-year driver for Joe Gibbs Racing is leading the Sprint Cup …

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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?

Thompson in Turn 5: Ryan Newman Flies Under the Radar En Route to Returning as Cup Contender

By most accounts, the 50th running of the Daytona 500 lived up to its hype. The annual Florida speed extravaganza provided spectators with an above-average dose of exciting side-by-side racing, and it culminated in an almost-Cinderella like ending with a completely unexpected win by Ryan Newman. To say Newman’s win was an upset – despite …

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Thompson in Turn 5: With Help From Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Has Arrived

Betting the farm on which driver will win the Daytona 500 is never advisable, as there are just way too many possibilities given the level of NASCAR Sprint Cup competition. However, in the past, wagering on which manufacturer would win provided much better odds. In fact, you normally would pretty much have a 50/50 chance …

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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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Thompson in Turn 5: NASCAR Rule Changes & Missed Opportunities

If NASCAR’s offseason rule changes are any indication – in addition to Brian France’s preseason quotes – it appears that the sanctioning body is satisfied with how they are currently operating the Sprint Cup Series. But was that the right stance to take? There were no dramatic changes in the point system for the Championship …

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Thompson in Turn 5: There Will Be Only 1 Junior to Blame

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. took to the track for testing Monday in the new No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet, his presence at Daytona officially ushered in a new era for fans hopeful for greater success in the coming years for stock car racing’s Most Popular Driver. Now that the son of NASCAR …

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