Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not: Outside the Chase After the 2007 Checker Auto Parts 500k at Phoenix

With just two races left on the Nextel Cup slate, the open roads of the great Southwest and Phoenix appeared the perfect place for a change of pace. After all, the subset of three dozen drivers outside the Chase had won just once during the playoffs, and you’d like to think the odds were in …

Read more

Bubble Breakdown: Petty Enterprises Coming Dangerously Close to Top-35 Cliff

The two-car battle for the 35th and final position in owner points is close to becoming a three-team race – and that new third team is a team that’s slumping rather than one stepping up as the season nears its stretch run. While its sister car streaked to a second straight top 10 finish at Bristol, the No. 45 from Petty Enterprises seems to have been left behind. The Dodge continues to struggle each and every week, whether it’s Kyle Petty, Chad McCumbee, or Kenny Wallace behind the wheel – a 32nd-place run for Wallace at Bristol is the team’s best finish in five weeks, with results of 41st, 42nd, 33rd and 41st coming in the previous four races. That has left the team dangerously on the edge of falling into the grasp of teams below them.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

Unless you’re a glutton for punishment or one of Kurt Busch’s fans, then you probably found Sunday’s Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono a real snooze-fest.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland

There was at least one driver who didn’t sleep through the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland snooze-fest; that would be Tony Stewart.

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, …

Read more

Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 Midterm Report Card

Now that the Pepsi 400 is in the record books, the 2007 Nextel Cup Series officially enters the second half of its racing season. While that means much welcomed visits to familiar tracks for this year’s rookie class, there’s still one major obstacle they have yet to endure before moving forward – Professor Lumbis’s dreaded …

Read more