Race Weekend Central

Fanning the Flames: Fueling the Engine Debate, Montoya’s Struggles & Joey Clanton?

Good batch this week, everyone; lots of questions to tackle. Keep ’em coming in. This column doesn’t exist without you. Q: Matt, can you or someone tell the true story of what happened to Joey Clanton and Jack Roush in the Truck Series? If I remember correctly, Joey was a co-driver for some team in …

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Mirror Driving: Junior’s Pace Car Problem, Kyle Busch’s Solution & NASCAR’s Tight-Lipped Meeting

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news and rumors. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Tony Lumbis “(Mondays/Rookie Report) Mike Neff (Wednesdays/Power Rankings & Full Throttle, Thursdays/Picks …

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Talking NASCAR TV: TNT Not the Only Network to Step It up a Notch This Week

Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a lot of reasons to win Sunday’s Lifelock 400 at Michigan International Speedway, not the least of which was the strong reader response to my being critical of Junior for lethargic television interviews in last week’s column. The results were varied, but most sided with Junior, saying that he does enough …

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10 Points to Ponder After the 2008 Lifelock 400 at Michigan

1. GEICO… Not Gecko! – GEICO Insurance, sponsor of Mike Wallace and the No. 7 Germain Racing Toyota, is indicating that they will end their sponsorship of the car after next season. Wallace, who finished third in the Meijer 300 last Saturday at Kentucky, believes he will need another sponsor if he is to continue …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Cool City Customs 200 at Michigan

In a Nutshell: Erik Darnell took the checkered flag 0.005 seconds ahead of Johnny Benson to win the Cool City Customs 200 Saturday afternoon. Darnell survived a late-race restart and a photo finish with Benson to score his first win since Kansas last April. Scott Speed narrowly beat Todd Bodine to finish third; Brendan Gaughan …

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: No Truck Series – A Hypothetical ‘What If?’

This weekend, the drivers of the Craftsman Truck Series head to Michigan International Speedway for the Cool City Customs 200. Of course Kyle Busch will be running all three races, but I want to ponder a hypothetical question – what if there were no more Truck Series? Before you panic, let me explain where the …

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Did You Notice? Nice Guys Finish Last, NASCAR’s Diversity Nightmare & Chase Vulnerability

Did You Notice? That one of the compelling themes in NASCAR as of late is proof of the phrase, “Nice guys finish last?” David Reutimann is the latest example; known as a man who won’t bump anyone out of the way in order to get to the front, Reutimann got loose with Clint Bowyer oh-so-close behind …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Sam’s Town 400 at Texas

In a Nutshell: Ron Hornaday Jr. took the checkered flag 0.283 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to with the Sam’s Town 400 at Texas Friday night. The driver of the No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet held onto the lead through a green-white-checkered finish to score his first career Texas Motor Speedway victory. Johnny Benson, Jack …

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Mirror Driving: A Busch-Edwards Rivalry? Truck Series Prospects? & Judging the Season at Halfway

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news and rumors. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Tony Lumbis (Mondays/Rookie Report) Vito Pugliese (Tuesdays/Voice 0f Vito) Mike Neff (Wednesdays/Power Rankings & …

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Voice of Vito: The Next Big Thing in NASCAR Might Not Be Who You Think It Is

This past weekend at Dover marked the ascendance of one of the hottest young drivers in NASCAR. Many had wondered if he could really get the job done, if all the hype that has surrounded this young man was well-deserved… or all for naught? But at the end of the weekend’s activities, one simple fact …

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