Race Weekend Central

Full Throttle: Roush Continues Grudge Match With Toyota… But That’s All It Is

If you haven’t already heard by now, word came out in the 10th anniversary issue of ESPN the Magazine this week that Jack Roush had a proprietary component disappear from his shop; he retrieved it from an undisclosed Toyota team at the Atlanta race this March. Roush said that he is considering legal action, or …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Food City 500 at Bristol

Despite scoring his worst finish of the season, Kyle Busch holds the top spot in the Frontstretch Power Rankings for the second straight week in a row. But the high banks of Bristol wreaked havoc on the rest of the list, forcing movement up and down the line… and even leaving some surprising names on …

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Nuts for Nationwide: 4 Down, 31 to Go in 2008

It’s still very early in the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series but already the themes are emerging. Yes, there are thousands of laps to be run, but the preseason predictions are proving to be accurate. Well, mostly. Moonlighting Cup drivers are cleaning up Drivers from NASCAR’s top echelon have made almost exactly a third of the …

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Fanning the Flames: NASCAR Speed = Distance Divided by Time

Thanks once again for a fun batch of input this week. You’re taking the column back! And Doug, I haven’t forgotten about yours, bud. It’s a two-weeker. Q: Glad to see that the drivers are speaking up about the Carl Edwards infraction. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Elliott Sadler and others were vocal in their opinions that …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 Food City 500 at Bristol

After four weeks of high-speed racing, beating and banging will be the name of the game this week as the Sprint Cup Series heads to Bristol for the Food City 500. At a track where people are often taken out through no fault of their own, this is definitely a wild-card weekend for fantasy owners. …

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Mirror Driving: Toyota Triumphs, Penalties Confuse & Hendrick Heartache?

Toyota broke through with their first Sprint Cup win as a manufacturer on Sunday. What else can we expect from them throughout 2008?

Did You Notice? Robbie Reiser Hasn’t Lost a Beat, Newman Feeling the Heat… From Montoya & Old Friends Reunite?

Did You Notice? That lost within the weeklong penalty furor surrounding the No. 99 was the quiet and successful substitution of Bob Osborne with Robbie Reiser atop Carl Edwards‘s pit box? Reiser’s the man for the next six weeks while Osborne is on suspension, and it clearly looked like he hadn’t skipped a beat since …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: No Cries of “Cheater” on NASCAR’s Playground?

Sometimes I wonder why some things get magnified until they seem larger than life while some things that should be a big deal seem to be buried in the background. No, I’m not talking about making mountains out of molehills and molehills out of mountains. I’m talking about calling a mountain a mountain and a …

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