Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice? Brendan Gaughan’s No Rookie, Daytona Can Be Bought & We All Needed a Vacation

Did You Notice? How this year’s offseason went extensive periods without any sort of NASCAR in the news? Yeah, it was merger central all the time with Richard Petty, Chip Ganassi, George Gillett and Teresa Earnhardt, but beyond that, there really wasn’t all that much to write about. And you know what – that was …

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Rick Crawford Driver Diary: I’ll Keep an Eye on the Casino for You…

Editor’s Note: This diary is part of a wrap-up series detailing the end of the season for Frontstretch‘s four driver diary participants. Since the last time I was here, we went to Talladega, Martinsville, Atlanta, Phoenix, Texas and then ended up at Homestead. During that stretch, we showed some signs of greatness as a team …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2008 Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350

In a Nutshell: Mike Skinner took the checkered flag 0.020 seconds ahead of Erik Darnell to win the Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350 Saturday night. Several cautions set up the green-white-checkered finish that allowed Skinner to pull past Darnell at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Matt Crafton, John Andretti and Ron Hornaday Jr. rounded out the …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top-15 Free Agents for 2009

With the off week in full swing, it presented an opportunity for the Frontstretch experts to do something a little different. Instead of grading the Cup guys, we took a look at those drivers who often get shunned from the spotlight these days… the drivers exclusive to the Nationwide and Camping World Truck series desperate …

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Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Another Crawford on Track Soon?

Since the last time we talked, our team did a NASCAR official Truck Series test at Martinsville. The Ford Powerstroke Diesel ran well for two days, and the Maxx Force Diesel ran well for two days with Brendan Gaughan. Even Adam got a shot at driving the Ford Powerstroke Diesel for the first time, and …

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Nuts for Nationwide: New Sponsor, Same Old Issues

If you’ll forgive me for going all Jean Girard on you, the first two weeks of the Nationwide Series bring to mind a line from an old French proverb; “Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.” Or in other words, the more things change the more they stay the same. With a couple of …

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Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Let’s Go Racing!

We’re looking forward to starting out 2008 Friday night, live on SPEED. I learned something today – I won the first Craftsman Truck Series race ever televised on SPEED. That was the 2003 Daytona race and that was a great race. I was proud to hear that fact. We’ve been in Daytona now since last …

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Wyler & Gaughan Join Forces

It’s no secret it takes money to succeed in NASCAR. Typically a larger team with more resources at hand has more success than a small team. Perhaps that’s why Craftsman Truck Series owners Jeff Wyler and Michael Gaughan have joined forces. Earlier this week, the two announced the formation of Wyler-Gaughan Racing, which will field …

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Random Thoughts on the Eve of the 2007 Daytona 500

To anyone who missed Friday night’s Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona, shame on you. For the last several years, the trucks have put on the best race of Speedweeks, and Friday night’s three-wide finish was outstanding. Yeah, I was pulling for the guy with the Blue Oval in the grille, not the foreign trucks, …

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