Race Weekend Central

What’s Vexing Vito: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Decision to Compete in the No. 3 is Both Public & Personal

This weekend marks the event that many longtime Dale Earnhardt fans have longed for – Dale Earnhardt Jr. climbing behind the wheel of the No. 3 Chevrolet that the Intimidator drove to six Winston Cup championships and 67 wins for Richard Childress Racing, and in the process created a legend that has lived on for …

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Did You Notice? 2010 Title Down to 6 Men, The New Car Band-Aid & Quick Hits

Did You Notice? That with nine races left, there’s a bit of a cushion for a handful of playoff contenders? The top six in the Sprint Cup standings have at least 271 points over 13th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. That’s not an insurmountable margin, but large enough that all can breathe a sigh of relief, avoiding …

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Mirror Driving: 2011 Hall Candidates, Who Loses a Date & Respect, Baby

Sunday’s race was won with a bump and run from series champion Jimmie Johnson to Kurt Busch in a classic short track battle. But on Friday, Mark Martin and Jeff Burton both commented that lack of respect on the racetrack is becoming a huge problem in NASCAR, changing how the game is played in a bad way. Are they correct, or were the comments just leftover frustration from a wreck-filled race at Sonoma?

5 Points to Ponder: Drive for 5 Alive, NHMS>AMS & Earnhardt’s Thrill Over for the No. 3?

The only rival to the amount of ink wasted on Danica Patrick this past weekend proved to be the plethora of columns out there professing that Jimmie Johnson’s luck had simply run out, that this was the year the streak would finally end.

So much for that. Back-to-back wins over the last two weeks have made 2010 suddenly look a lot like 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006… you know how that story goes.