Race Weekend Central

10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington

1. No Popularity Contest – Joe Gibbs Racing hot shoe Kyle Busch, winner of Saturday night’s Dodge Challenger 500, won honors as the First Quarter Driver of the Year for 2008. The voting panel, made up of individuals knowledgeable in the numerous disciplines of U.S. motor racing, picked the 23-year old Las Vegas, Nev. native for …

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Fanning the Flames: All Darlington, All the Time

My beloved Derby has come and gone, and so have Talladega and Richmond; but all three gave us spectacular racing action. Now, there’s Darlington on Mother’s Day Eve, two weekends in Charlotte are on the agenda and the fish are biting, too. Oh, how I love the month of May! You guys gave me a …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond

Richmond is considered by many fans to be the best track on the schedule. Well, the race this week didn’t really provide much excitement for the first 382 laps, but boy, did it make up for it in the final 28. Denny Hamlin dominated the race from the drop of the green flag before a …

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Top 10 Security Precautions Kyle Busch Took to Get Out of Richmond Alive

10. Pretended to befriend Brad Keselowski, gave him his sun goggles to wear, slapped him on the back and sent him on his way. 9. Dressed up as a Budweiser guy removing empty kegs from the track. 8. Disguised himself as a rabid Junior fan running around asking… “Where is that punk SOB?!” 7. Hired …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond Edition

Under the lights on a wild Saturday night at Richmond, sparks flew and fans booed. A controversial accident between Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. made headlines, but it was Clint Bowyer who left the track with a victory. It was Bowyer’s second career win, but that was small consolation for Junior, whose winless streak …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond

If you’re like many fantasy owners, last weekend’s race at Talladega left your team looking like it had seen better days. But as you try to regroup, beware; seeing Richmond on the schedule this week may not give you a warm and fuzzy feeling. Saturday night’s Crown Royal 400 offers both the excitement and headaches …

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Mirror Driving: Did Busch Pass Below The Line? Will Tony Stewart Leave? & Will Lepage Ever Regain Respect?

Tony Stewart responded to reports he’s leaving Joe Gibbs Racing that he’s got several offers on the table. Where does that leave JGR in filling his seat?

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

How the Rankings Are Calculated: Frontstretch does their power rankings somewhat similar to how the Associated Press does them for basketball or football – writers on our staff will vote for the top 20 on a 20-19-18-17-16-15… 3-2-1 basis, giving 20 points to their first-place driver, 19 for their second and so on. In the …

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Voice of Vito: Chalk Up Another 1 for Toyota

Restrictor-plate racing has always been seen as the great equalizer in NASCAR competition. The Nationwide Series, with their roof/wicker aero package that the Cup Series used in 2001 (but for some reason abandoned) punches quite a big hole in the air, usually producing the kind of competition we have become accustomed to over the years. …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: 2008 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Edition

Anything can – and as we saw Sunday – will happen at Talladega. The new car provided exciting racing for the fans and good runs for some drivers, but provided plenty of headaches for others. Wheelmen like Juan Pablo Montoya and Travis Kvapil had surprisingly strong finishes, while Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards’s days ended …

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