Race Weekend Central

Voice of Vito: Joey Logano Racing’s Next Best Thing & Worst Kept Secret

With Monday’s announcement that Joey Logano will replace Tony Stewart in the No. 20 Home Depot Toyotas fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing, the biggest piece of the Silly Season puzzle was put into place. Although the announcement was an all but foregone conclusion after Stewart’s plans were confirmed a few weeks ago, it does give …

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Voice of Vito: The Shape of Things to Come – A Chase Outlook for NASCAR’s Big 3 in 2008

As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves closer to the 26th race at Richmond in September, the Chase for the Championship became a little more clear on Sunday. As Carl Edwards outlasted Kyle Busch over the final three laps following a late-race restart, the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway helped serve notice as …

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Voice of Vito: Deep NASCAR Thoughts from the Professor of the Obvious

Well, it’s another fairly slow news cycle for the second week of August. Silly Season has quieted down a bit, although we’re all pretty much waiting to hear Ryan Newman make it official that he will be driving for Tony Stewart – and of course, we’re still waiting with bated breath to hear where Casey …

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Voice of Vito: Charting NASCAR’s Championship Chase – Who’s In, Who’s Out… & What’s It All About, Anyway?

The last two weeks have certainly done their part in jumbling up the point standings, as races influenced by, um, extenuating circumstances have given us a look at how the Chase field may shake out as we get closer to that decisive 26th race at Richmond. Last week at Indianapolis, it was the tires that …

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Voice of Vito: Reflections of Indy – Why It’s the Worst NASCAR Race Ever & How It Got There

Not sure if you have noticed or not, but Caddyshack (arguably the greatest movie ever made, and easily the most quoted) has been on cable a lot lately, most recently having been on the Golf Channel and ESPN Classic in a steady rotation. I mention this because as I slipped in and out of consciousness …

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Voice of Vito: Richard Petty, Long Live the King – & Rightfully So

Two weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway, the Petty Enterprises cars of Bobby Labonte and Terry Labonte carried special paint schemes to commemorate the first race ever run by NASCAR’s winningest driver – the man most refer to simply as “The King.” It was on July 12, 1958 that a 21-year-old kid named Richard Petty, with …

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Voice of Vito: Enjoy It While It Lasts – Kyle Busch’s Dominant Season to be Derailed by Chase Format

Be forewarned: Yes, this is another Kyle Busch article. Yes, that move on the outside of Jimmie Johnson on the final lap of the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night was nothing short of remarkable; and yes, I will be touting how well he has run this year, the dominance which he has …

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Voice of Vito: Into the Flood Again – Why Mark Martin Came Back to Full-Time Cup Racing

I have never made any bones about it – I am a lifelong Alice In Chains fan. Hands down, they’re my favorite band… ever, quite possibly the most underrated yet often-imitated Seattle supergroup from the early 1990s. This was back during a time when music was worth listening to – songs that featured instruments and …

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Voice of Vito: Toyota Ruling the Roost of NASCAR in Both Competition & Compelling Personalities

The New NASCAR: Some love it, others revile it, but everybody’s got an opinion. The Car of Tomorrow has its share of detractors and supporters, as does the television coverage and what has become the “over-commercialization” of the sport in recent years (Which always strikes me as funny – here’s a sport that is based …

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Voice of Vito: U.S. Army Deserting Chevrolet & Defecting To… Toyota?

The rumors circulating in the garage area and beyond this week are that the Dale Earnhardt Inc. No. 8 Chevrolet team will be looking for a new sponsor for 2009 and beyond. The car that has been co-driven by veteran Mark Martin and rookie Aric Almirola currently has a year-to-year sponsorship agreement with the U.S. …

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Voice of Vito: He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – Cousins Earnhardt Jr. & Eury Jr. Silence Skeptics with Win at Michigan

This past Friday at Michigan International Speedway, there was a question and answer session near several of the drivers’ haulers following the first practice session. Outside of Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s No. 88 team hauler that day, the mood was anything but somber. Strained would be a better way to describe it. Junior was fielding the …

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Voice of Vito: Polish Power – Brad Keselowski & Robert Kubica Notch 1st Wins

This weekend saw a changing of the guard of sorts in professional motorsports, as two young drivers finally broke through to score their first career victories in their respective series of competition. Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn., 24-year-old Brad Keselowski began his own Cedar Revolution of sorts, able to finally escape trouble and …

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