Race Weekend Central

Running Their Mouth: 2007 Auto Club 500 at Fontana

Editor’s Note: Welcome to Frontstretch‘s newest column! Each week, we’ll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR and our own stuff to find the best quotes from Sunday’s race that best captures the story of how the weekend unfolded, straight from the drivers themselves. This week, Beth Lunkenheimer gives us a sneak peek at …

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Matt McLaughlin’s 2007 Fontana Spring Race Driver Handicaps

Jimmie Johnson: Johnson scored his first-ever Cup victory at Fontana back in 2002 (yes, kids, they were racing stock cars way back in 2002). In addition, Johnson has scored three runner-up finishes at California, one of them in this race last year. That’s a total of four first or seconds in eight career Cup starts …

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Matt McLaughlin’s 2007 Daytona 500 Driver Handicaps

Jimmie Johnson won last year’s Daytona 500 and his 32nd-place result in last year’s Firecracker 400 ended a streak of five top-six finishes at Daytona.

Full Throttle: NASCAR Overly Cautious

NASCAR was under a lot of scrutiny a couple of weeks ago after rollbarpaddinggate. People were venting about debris cautions and the fact that many times there are debris cautions with no video evidence of anything on the track. This week, for whatever reason, there hasn’t been the uproar. NASCAR was given a pass and …

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Thompson in Turn 5: An Indomitable Spirit Prevails at Hendrick Motorsports

Jimmie Johnson‘s win this Sunday at Martinsville, Va. for Hendrick Motorsports was not just your average Nextel Cup win. It may very well have been a case of Divine Providence, especially when one considers the shocking circumstances Johnson encountered following his last victory at the famed .526-mile track. Circumstances that day turned what should have …

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