Race Weekend Central

Bowles-Eye View: Why We Were Robbed of the REAL NASCAR Championship Chase

Come with me on a journey into the battle that could have been. Once upon a time, the laps are winding down at Homestead; and while you might not like a fuel-mileage finish, for once, you’re sitting there on the edge of your seat. Carl Edwards has made the daring gamble to go the final …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Ford 400 at Homestead

1. It’s Still The Thought That Counts – NASCAR drivers Geoffrey Bodine and Scott Wimmer will join the National Hot Rod Association’s Hillary Will and Arie Luyendyk Jr. of the Indy Racing League in a tour of U.S. military bases in Iraq and Kuwait. Billed as “The Racing Heroes 2008 Goodwill Tour,” the four racecar …

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Carl Edwards Wins 2008 Ford 400 at Homestead, Jimmie Johnson Claims 3rd Consecutive Championship

Carl Edwards knew what he had to do on Sunday to give himself a chance. He needed to lead the most laps, and win the race. Check and check. Edwards led a race-high 157 laps, but still needed to stretch his fuel mileage to claim his series leading ninth victory of the year in the …

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Numbers Game: 2008 NASCAR Championship Edition

1st For a crew chief. Chad Knaus becomes first in NASCAR Cup history to win three consecutive championships. 1 DNF in 2008 for Jimmie Johnson – a blown engine in the Coca-Cola 600. 3rd Consecutive Cup championship for Johnson (2006-08), tying the feat previously set by Cale Yarborough (1976-78). 3 Wins and eight top 10s …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2008 Ford 400 at Homestead

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? It’s not every day you get this prestigious honor for finishing 15th, but Jimmie Johnson earns it by way of becoming the second driver in history to win three consecutive Cup championships, tying the mark set three decades ago by his boyhood hero, Cale Yarborough. The title is also …

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Happy Hour: A Meaningful NASCAR Finale

In 35 races so far this NASCAR season, we’ve seen the sport’s matinee idol perform well, but not spectacularly in his first season with a top team. We’ve seen an amazing stretch of races where a champion who scored the most points last season went winless. We’ve seen a cocky young superstar explode for eight …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: 1 NASCAR Race to Go, Boys, & What a Ride It Has Been

With the white flag in the air on the 2008 NASCAR season, I can safely say there have been some surprises. Looking back over the season that was, as well as ahead to what likely will be when the checkers fly at Homestead, there have been 35 races won and lost, changes of the guard …

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Fanning the Flames: Talking IROC, Driver Cash & the Perp Who Got Away With One

What, no questions about the ABC/ESPN2 fiasco this past week? I’m fairly shocked, but not entirely disappointed, as I believe we’ve run that topic out of Dodge. Maybe the grind has gotten to everyone so much that what would have been a huge uproar in March is taken with a shrug-of-the-shoulders and shake-of-the-head in November. …

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Mirror Driving: Matt Kenseth’s Punt, Merger Meltdown & NASCAR’s TV Tragedy

After 4 1/2 hours and two delays, ABC made the decision to switch coverage of the race to ESPN2 so they could show America’s Funniest Home Videos. Was that a serious blow to the sport, or an unavoidable move due to race length? And if Jimmie Johnson wasn’t winning the race handily, would the network have made the same move?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix

The desert Southwest held a couple of different surprises for the racers this weekend. Rain and gale force winds threw a lot at the teams; but when all was said and done, it was status quo for the No. 48. Jimmie Johnson led the most laps and won the race at Phoenix handily, all but …

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The Yellow Stripe: Looking Ahead – 10 Things to Watch with NASCAR in 2009

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had numerous conversations about the metronomic success of Jimmie Kenneth Johnson, and for the most part, the conclusion is that the back-to-back champ makes NASCAR racing utterly boring for the rest of us. To a certain extent that’s very true, certainly in terms of the competition, but the …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix

Very rarely do you see a former champion show so much admiration for another. But when Kurt Busch finished runner-up to points leader Jimmie Johnson this weekend at Phoenix, he admitted that the No. 48 team was “something special,” and told fans to tune in or come to watch NASCAR’s next big dynasty. It’s true …

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