Race Weekend Central

Full Throttle: Could Cracks Be Forming in the Foundation of Junior Nation?

When it comes to who’s a fan favorite in Nextel Cup, there’s no question Dale Earnhardt Jr. has always carried the biggest legion of followers to each track the series visits. The winner of the Most Popular Driver contest for four years running, Junior dominates every vote about the sport that ever seems to take …

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Mirror Driving: Kasey Kahne Drinking Bud? Chicagoland a Dud? & Ginn Hits the Ground With a Thud

It’s now been six years since Chicagoland hosted its first Nextel Cup race. Are you disappointed in the progress being made as the track has aged?

Running Their Mouth: 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland

Editor’s Note: Each week, we’ll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR and our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race to capture the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find; the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, …

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10 Points to Ponder After the 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland

1. They call it “cookie cutter” for a reason – Sorry guys, but the USG Sheetrock 400 just wasn’t a very exciting race. Tony Stewart got out front with a fuel-only pit stop and was never challenged in the closing laps after holding off a single pass attempt by Matt Kenseth. There were several long …

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Driver Handicaps: 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Edition

Jeff Gordon – Gordon won this race last year and has top-five finishes in four of his six starts at Chicagoland.

Fanning the Flames: Tony Eury Jr. Does Some Fanning of His Own

Kudos to Tony Eury Jr., who this week fired a salvo over NASCAR’s bow. Opining on the rash and severity of penalties doled out of late concerning the Car of Tomorrow and the nuances of the car’s templates, Eury had this to say: “The [rule] book’s there for a reason. The template’s there for a …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 Firecracker 400 at Daytona

Jeff Gordon – Gordon’s Daytona record speaks for itself; he’s won a total of six points races there, most recently the 2005 Daytona 500. With the Hendrick teams on a roll at the plate tracks, that should make Gordon an automatic contender, right? Not quite; it has to be pointed out that Gordon has finished …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona Edition

The Nextel Cup circuit heads to Daytona this week for NASCAR’s traditional Independence Day extravaganza. Held on the 2.5-mile tri-oval to mark the end of the season’s first half, the 400-miler gives us a chance to take stock and look back on what’s been a wild and wacky beginning to ’07. Even though the race …

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