Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Heluva! Good Sour Cream Dips at the Glen Edition

Like any NASCAR road-course rain delay, fans who actually wanted to see a race on a Sunday immediately called for rain tires and windshield wipers. We’d seen it before in the Nationwide Series in Montreal… and the results were mixed. But this is the way I see it: If you don’t have brake lights or headlights, how can you race in the rain? Would you want to see your favorite driver crash because his windows are fogging up and he can’t see the car in front of him? Looking back at a pretty good race Monday afternoon, I’m glad the series didn’t have rain tires on Sunday.

Fan’s View: Those Top-12 Teams… Some Random Thoughts

Well, here we are. It’s August and the Chase is just about on our doorstep. Nobody can stop talking about two people, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch. I suppose it’s all well and good, but right now there are a few other noteworthy individuals currently in the top 12 who we should not completely ignore. …

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Voices From the Heartland: Veto the Bill to Change NASCAR Rules

Yesterday on this very front page, my esteemed colleague, Vito Pugliese (and I hope I spelled that right, ‘cuz I’m pretty sure he has some pretty heavy “family” ties) seemed to have “a problem with three rules in particular” that defined the outcome of recent races. They were (in order): NASCAR’s pit-road speed limit, the …

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: A Heluva Good Chance to Make Up Ground at Watkins Glen

From the roval to a real road course, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Watkins Glen, N.Y. for another dose of turning left and right. Though a completely different animal from the highly technical racetrack out in Sonoma, the Glen is still a difficult road course, one that will show a high level of stratification …

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What’s Vexing Vito: Practice Makes Perfect & Tire Test Puzzling – Chase Contenders Get a Leg up on Competition at Dover

In my weekly Voice of Vito piece yesterday, I wrote how some of the rules in NASCAR need to be amended to make more sense and provide additional equity to the sport. I went off on the pit-road speed limit (which is an oxymoron if you think about it, since there is almost a 10% …

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Voice of Vito: NASCAR Rules Were Meant To Be Broken, So Can We At Least Fix These 3?

In NASCAR lore, the popular theory has always been that “Rules were meant to be broken.” Drivers and crews, in an attempt to outwit the inspectors checking over their cars, harkened back to the days when revenuers and law enforcement officers tried to shut down their moonshine still and running of contraband liquor through the …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

NASCAR went back to the tricky triangle in the Pocono mountains just six weeks after its last race there; and at first glance, it looked like not all that much had changed. Just like in June, Tony Stewart crashed in practice and started at the rear of the field in a backup car. Once again, …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Edition

Each week, Frontstretch hosts a live blog during the Sprint Cup race. It’s a great way for readers to interact alongside their favorite Frontstretch writers with videos, live commentary, and live polls. Each of this week’s “Five Points” were polls taken during the Pennsylvania 500 live blog. ONE: Should Iowa Speedway get a Cup Series …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Edition

I’m back from the glorious paradise that is Puerto Rico and arrived just in time to catch the rain that ruined any chance of getting a decent race in on Sunday (Aug. 2). My return may be to your dismay, as Tom Bowles and Mike Lovecchio did a heck of a job sizing up the …

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Fanning the Flames: Montoya’s Tach, Elliott’s Oil & the Revenge of the Pony Cars

With apologies to my colleagues here on Frontstretch, the column everyone should be reading this week (actually, every week) is by Dr. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky at StockCarScience.com. It shines light on many of the reasons it’s easy to speed on pit road, what role rpms, gears and the transmission play, and why simply installing a speedometer …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Conspiracy Theories Nobody’s Fault but NASCAR’s

Conspiracy theorists took little time in pouncing on NASCAR’s credibility this week following the lap 127 pass-through penalty of Juan Pablo Montoya for driving too fast on pit lane. Keep in mind there is no real incentive for the sport to intentionally interfere with Montoya’s dominating performance, nor is there a shred of evidence that …

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