Race Weekend Central

Thompson in Turn 5: Kyle Busch Misses the Chase? Fair Enough

In the aftermath of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 last Saturday night (Sept. 12) from Richmond, one of the sport’s most prolific winners in Sprint Cup during the 2009 season was eliminated from title consideration with 10 races remaining. In actuality, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch is currently tied with Hendrick Motorsports driver Mark …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Is NASCAR Ready for the Fire & Flesh That Danica Patrick Would Bring?

If the rumors are to be believed, and there is no reason to believe that they should not, Danica Patrick, the darling of the IndyCar Series, is ready to test the waters in NASCAR. The questions that remain at this point are simply when, where and with whom the only female in history to win …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Critics Have it Wrong in Wendell Scott Hall of Fame Debate

At first glance, when little more than a month ago the NASCAR Hall of Fame 21-member Nominating Committee released its list of 25 candidates eligible for enshrinement into the inaugural Hall of Fame class, it appeared to be a pretty comprehensive list of the sports legends. The committee compiled its list of possible inductees from …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Chase to the Sprint Cup Championship NASCAR’s Stimulus Package

It seems that the impending implosion that the country’s financial institutions and NASCAR faced last winter has passed and perhaps, just perhaps, there is now reason for optimism. Even as the U.S. stock markets continue to soar and the nation’s largest financial institutions begin to report profitable quarters, NASCAR is seeing what appears to be …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Joey Logano – No One Is Better Than Joe Gibbs at Picking a Winner

If it appears that the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota driven by rookie Joey Logano has become increasingly more visible in recent weeks, it is because he’s begun to emerge from the back of the pack and become more of a weekly contender. Perhaps no driver entered the country’s top stock car series with higher …

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Thompson in Turn 5: There’s Just Something About Monday Races at Pocono

The only disappointment for race fans this week should be that the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 was rescheduled for Monday (Aug. 3) due to rain, resulting in many NASCAR loyalists to miss the live broadcast of the event. That’s because – wouldn’t you know it – there was finally a good stock car race …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Conspiracy Theories Nobody’s Fault but NASCAR’s

Conspiracy theorists took little time in pouncing on NASCAR’s credibility this week following the lap 127 pass-through penalty of Juan Pablo Montoya for driving too fast on pit lane. Keep in mind there is no real incentive for the sport to intentionally interfere with Montoya’s dominating performance, nor is there a shred of evidence that …

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Thompson in Turn 5: So Far, Mark Martin’s Season Is Not Mark Martin-like

It has been more than 10 years since the newest addition to the Hendrick Motorsports stable, Mark Martin, has scored four wins this early in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. That was in 1998, when Martin would go on to win a total of seven events but nonetheless finish second to a young upstart …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Indy – a Better NASCAR Tire This Time Around!

There has been a lot of racing miles run and a lot of rubber laid down since what Turn 5 believes to have been the biggest embarrassment for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing in recent memory occurred; however, it has only been one year since NASCAR, its tire supplier and Indianapolis Motor …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Blocking – It’s Just NASCAR Racing!

Following last Saturday night’s exciting final lap of the Coke Zero 400 from Daytona International Speedway, there has been a renewed call for NASCAR to “do something” to prevent what some view as the just too dangerous practice of ‘blocking’ – a driving maneuver as much a part of stock car racing as rubbing door …

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