Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2012 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol

The big question for Brian Vickers is: where does he go from here? He has done an admirable job filling in for Mark Martin in the No. 55 for select races, but Martin is signed with Michael Waltrip Racing for the lion’s share of the 2013 schedule as well, and Vickers deserves a ride before 2014. Vickers is a proven commodity with two Sprint Cup wins and a Nationwide Series title… and yet, his name hasn’t been heard in the mix for a ride. MWR has been reportedly looking at a fourth team for Vickers; but as of yet, that’s merely a possibility. He’s as good as some of the drivers whose names are being bandied around… and why his name isn’t among them might be the biggest question of Silly Season.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2012 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

One sure way to make people mad at you at a restrictor-plate race is to throw an ill-timed block. It’s by no means a dirty move; it’s instinctually trying to protect position. But the danger lies in the act that there’s a split-second window in which to make the move work. This week, AJ Allmendinger tried to throw a block at Denny Hamlin after that window had already closed. The ensuing multi-car crash ended the hopes of a dozen other teams. It wasn’t the only wreck of the day, but it was the most preventable.

Monday Morning Teardown: Chase Dreams Turn Evil for David Ragan, Others With Wildcard Aspirations

A month ago, David Ragan was on top of the world.

He had won a race, was in the top 20 in points and seemed like momentum was clearly on his side to make the Chase, if not as a wild card then as a member of the top 10 in points.

That was a month ago.

On Sunday, Ragan crashed out of the race at Pocono, and in so doing, made his road to the Chase that much bumpier.

Running Their Mouth: 2011 Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono

Best Quote “It’s not me, its good people. It’s having Paul Wolfe [crew chief] and a team that digs. There are so many people to thank for being in victory lane, from Miller Lite to Sprint to the fans. I’m no hero. The heroes are the guys that died in Afghanistan this weekend and I …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2011 Brickyard 400

Did Menard make it into the Power Rankings after his unlikely Brickyard 400 win for himself and his family at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

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