Race Weekend Central

What’s Vexing Vito: For Dale Earnhardt Jr., the Light at the End of the Tunnel is No Longer an Oncoming Train

You know things have gotten pretty bad for Dale Earnhardt Jr. when the motorsports community starts going ape-poo over his third-place finish at Michigan International Speedway this past Sunday (Aug. 16). Then again, other than a second at Talladega (courtesy of Carl Edwards getting bumped, set and spiked off Brad Keselowski’s nose and Ryan Newman’s …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Quick Hits With Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. made a visit to Atlanta, Ga. to help promote the coming night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. While speaking to a pool of reporters at a restaurant, Fronstretch’s Doug Turnbull had a chance to ask the driver of the No. 88 a couple of questions. Doug Turnbull, Frontstretch – “Your current crew …

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Full Throttle: Sometimes It Isn’t Easy Being a NASCAR Driver’s Fan

NASCAR is famous for the dedication of its fans. Whether they are loyal to a given manufacturer, an organization, a sponsor or a driver, the fans of the sport are loyal to the bitter end. While sometimes it is the end that is bitter, like it was for Darrell Waltrip’s fans, there are times when …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Backseat Drivers Bring Different Feel to ESPN’s Booth at Michigan

Hello, race fans. This past weekend, we had two races end with slightly unexpected outcomes at Michigan International Speedway. The Nationwide Series event ended with Brad Keselowski winning after Brian Vickers forced Kyle Busch down to the apron at the white-flag lap, hurting both cars’ momentum enough for his No. 88 to pull alongside. Meanwhile, …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 CARFAX 400 at Michigan Edition

What a weekend for Brian Vickers! After winning poles in both the Nationwide and Cup series at Michigan International Speedway, Vickers scored his second career Cup win on Sunday and came close to scoring the sweep Saturday in the NNS race. Now within 12 points of the Chase, Vickers’s place in this week’s column is …

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Fanning the Flames: Penalties & Robby Gordon a NASCAR Tradition Since 1991!

The only thing that makes me cringe more than sponsor plugs during the pre-race invocation is when the sponsor being plugged is Heluva! Good Sour Cream Dip. It’s just not right. But to prove that I can be a glass half-full type guy, I am thankful that the ACLU hasn’t seen to it that the …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Heluva! Good Sour Cream Dips at the Glen Edition

Monday’s race at Watkins Glen did not provide many answers as far as the Chase is concerned. Most contenders finished well enough at Watkins Glen to keep the points race tight, despite many eyes trained on road-course ringers like Boris Said, Andy Lally and Ron Fellows to pull off some upsets. However, when push came to …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing 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, crew members and car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what the drivers were thinking following the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen.