Race Weekend Central

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2009 Atlanta Spring Race Recap

The Key Moment: Kurt Busch dominated the race at Atlanta, but a late caution and a two-tire stop put Carl Edwards at the head of the pack. Busch was able to easily retake the lead when the green flag flew with two laps left. In a Nutshell: It looks like this new Dodge engine is …

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Bowles-Eye View: Even Hendrick Not a Magical Fix for Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

No matter how many cars you have running on the Sprint Cup circuit these days, it’s difficult to get more than one to run competitively each week. For proof, look no further than Penske Racing, whose lead driver Kurt Busch simply dominated Sunday’s race, while teammates David Stremme and Sam Hornish Jr. both struggled and …

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Fanning the Flames: Unpopular Views on the Week That Was in NASCAR

WARNING: You are not going to agree with what you read in the following three paragraphs. Not many of you, anyway. See, I didn’t think the California race was as bad as most of you out there. There was an exciting battle for the win, a pass for the lead late in the pits, and …

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Mirror Driving: Discussing Michael Waltrip’s Surprise, Kyle Busch’s “Historical” Moment & Driver Responsibility

Kyle Busch made history, becoming the first driver to win two major touring series races on the same day – but is this history good for the sport overall?

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Auto Club 500 at Fontana Edition

Curtains have fallen on the first “real” race of the season, as NASCAR’s 2009 debut on the west coast proceeded as many Fontana races have before. Long green-flag runs and a strung out field are the best ways to describe an event where the majority of the cars struggled with handling, leaving only a select …

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10 Points to Ponder: 2009 Auto Club 500 at Fontana Edition

Kenseth Proves Daytona Wasn’t Luck Several fans had a bitter taste in their mouth about the ending of the Daytona 500 last week – and rightfully so. When you have a driver who hasn’t won a race in over a year and he suddenly wins the sport’s most prestigious race after taking the lead one …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Of Rodents, Late Sunday Afternoons, NASCAR Cabbages & Kings

The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things – of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings. – Lewis Carroll Daytona Speedweeks has reached its less than satisfactory conclusion, and the real racing season now starts this weekend out in California. Now, the standard railbird pundits, this writer …

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Fanning the Flames: The Inevitable Daytona Hangover

Lots to get to from you guys this week. But if there is one thing I haven’t heard, it’s that Matt Kenseth is not a worthy Daytona 500 champion. And after all the head-scratching, shoulder-shrugging, and general frustration that Daytona birthed last weekend, that’s saying something. Anyways, we’re chock full of Daytona discussion this week, …

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