Race Weekend Central

Down in Daytona 2008: Change is the Story After Day 1 of Winter Testing

Editor’s Note: Mike Lovecchio will be covering testing in a variety of ways for us this January at Daytona. His first installment, on day one, comes from a fan’s perspective – before going down to the garage later this week. It seemed like only yesterday that the Nextel Cup series crowned Jimmie Johnson the 2007 …

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10 Points to Ponder… 2007 NASCAR Banquet/End of Season

1. Banner Brainstorming – Mike Helton said in New York last week that 2007 was a “banner year” for NASCAR. Which makes me wonder, if you were designing a banner to summarize NASCAR’s season, what would it say? Suggestions welcome. 2. Spade Said – From what I’ve heard, most people didn’t find David Spade all …

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Rating the 2007 NASCAR Cup Series Races: Part II

Editor’s Note: With the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup season complete, it’s now time to take a look back. This week, veteran writer Matt McLaughlin starts the process with his annual race review, analyzing each event of the Nextel Cup season and giving us his take on how good – or bad – they really were. …

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Did You Notice? 2007 NASCAR Offseason Edition

Did You Notice? How quickly everyone got the heck out of dodge as soon as the NASCAR season is over? You didn’t hear a peep from much of anyone over the past week – because we were all on vacation! Yes, it’s the holidays, but the sigh of relief uttered by everyone who’s a part of …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: White Flag – Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Last Lap at DEI

It seems like a lifetime ago, and in a way, it was. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a decade since Dale Earnhardt Jr. came onto the scene as a then Winston Cup rookie with a heck of a name to live up to. He was a likable young kid who liked to …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 Homestead Race

Jimmie Johnson – Johnson has top-10 finishes in four of his six starts at Homestead, including a second-place result scored here in 2004. For those looking for a little drama, Johnson did crash out here in 2005 en route to 40th place. Jeff Gordon – Gordon has top-10 finishes in six of eight Cup races …

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