Race Weekend Central

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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Voice of Vito: 2008 All-Star Weekend Meaningless on the Track but Memorable off It

The 2008 Sprint All-Star Race has officially come and gone, but there were a number of storylines still swirling following Saturday night’s action at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Did the racing live up to the hype? Did SPEED really need a constant countdown ticker for all this since the season began? Is it really a burnout …

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Voice of Vito: So I Was Just Thinking… NASCAR Odds ‘N’ Ends

There were a few ideas I had bouncing around in my head about what to write this week. Kyle Busch continuing to win races just to spite Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans; Tony Stewart’s future plans that may include ownership of a team; Larry McReynolds’s futile struggle to pronounce Patrick Carpantier’s name’ or the continued phenomenon …

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Voice of Vito: Kyle Busch, The Sound of 1 Hand Clapping Drowned Out by a Million Boos

Saturday’s Crown Royal presents The Dan Lowry 400 was a relatively quiet affair… for the first 95% of the evening, that is. At that point, Denny Hamlin had led all but one lap of 382 circuits around the 0.75-mile speedway in front of his hometown crowd. It had been a fairly smooth race, save for …

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Voice of Vito: Chalk Up Another 1 for Toyota

Restrictor-plate racing has always been seen as the great equalizer in NASCAR competition. The Nationwide Series, with their roof/wicker aero package that the Cup Series used in 2001 (but for some reason abandoned) punches quite a big hole in the air, usually producing the kind of competition we have become accustomed to over the years. …

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Voice of Vito: Playing It Safe, Mark Martin’s Team Trades Victory for Conservative Top-5 Finish. Why?

Mark Martin must have thought somebody had sent him through some cruel time warp last weekend. In preparation for Saturday night’s Subway Fit Fresh 500k, Martin had qualified fourth, all while posting both the third and fastest laps in two of three practice sessions leading up to the race. With those types of numbers, it …

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Voice of Vito: Johnny Benson Jr. NASCAR’s Longest Overnight Success Story

There are, to be sure, a number of unsung heroes in NASCAR. You can find them in a number of capacities with many in the more obvious sources: pit crew members, the guys in the fabrication shop, tire specialists, transporter drivers or even the person in charge of preparing food for the team. These positions …

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Voice of Vito: The Day the Biscuit Wheels Fell Off Toyota’s Gravy Train

Over the years, Japanese auto manufacturers have built a reputation of building vehicles that are as reliable as the Pet Rock. The rationale behind purchasing a car from the Asian auto giant was its above-average fuel efficiency, and that the machines were as mechanically trustworthy as a St. Bernard with a small barrel of elixir …

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