Race Weekend Central

Thompson in Turn 5: An Indomitable Spirit Prevails at Hendrick Motorsports

Jimmie Johnson‘s win this Sunday at Martinsville, Va. for Hendrick Motorsports was not just your average Nextel Cup win. It may very well have been a case of Divine Providence, especially when one considers the shocking circumstances Johnson encountered following his last victory at the famed .526-mile track. Circumstances that day turned what should have …

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Bowles-Eye View: At Lowe’s Motor Speedway, NASCAR Simply Not Doing Enough

Two years. One “levigation” project. One nightmare. That just about sums up the type of racing we’ve seen at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Once known as one of the sport’s best tracks, recent results have been nothing short of disastrous. Now six Cup races into a new racing surface, no fuel cells, tire combinations or public …

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Full Throttle: Jeff Gordon vs. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Let the Slings & Arrows Fly

Last Sunday at Talladega, Dale Earnhardt Jr. pushed Jeff Gordon to the lead in the UAW-Ford 500. That wasn’t the first time Earnhardt has helped Gordon get to the front, but it very well may be his last. After Gordon was taken out of the race by someone else’s mistake in the race’s semi-annual Big …

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Voices From the Heartland: Loyalty is 1 Thing, Blind Stupidity is Another

Sometimes – and it only happens about three times a year – something happens on the track that evokes the best and worst out of all the fans that follow NASCAR week in, week out. It usually involves one or two of the most popular drivers, and it induces opinions fed by loyalty, which at …

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Scanner Static: Brian Vickers Gets in 1 Parting Shot

Q: I’m no fan of Jimmie Johnson or Dale Earnhardt Jr. – I pull for the Roush cars on race day – but I had to get a laugh out of the way Talladega ended. Hendrick shuts Brian Vickers out of his team meetings after years of making him run races with crappy stuff and …

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