Race Weekend Central

Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Bruton Smith & Your Cheating Heart

You have to love the way Bruton Smith and SMI operate. After his savage late-race wreck at Vegas, Jeff Gordon called out track owner Bruton Smith. Gordon said the infield opening wall area where he’d crashed was dangerous. He said the track needed to install the SAFER barriers on any unprotected concrete wall on the …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 Food City 500 at Bristol

After four weeks of high-speed racing, beating and banging will be the name of the game this week as the Sprint Cup Series heads to Bristol for the Food City 500. At a track where people are often taken out through no fault of their own, this is definitely a wild-card weekend for fantasy owners. …

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The Yellow Stripe: Managing NASCAR Expectations & Fending Off Disappointment

Trying to predict how the 2008 NASCAR season will finish after just three races – and with less than 10% of the full schedule accounted for – is just short of madness. But NASCAR is nothing if not a brutally honest sport. Yes, you can be the victim of bad racing luck; witness Casey Mears …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas

Round three of the Cup Series will take place in the desert West as the circuit heads to Las Vegas for the UAW-Dodge 400. The reconfigured Las Vegas Motor Speedway is set to offer up some very intense racing with its variable banking. As the teams continue to figure out this new car configuration, the …

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The Yellow Stripe: From Snake Eyes To Box Cars, Sizing Up NASCAR Odds In Vegas

With the old adage that the “bookies never lose” notwithstanding, and NASCAR’s annual date with Sin City just a couple days away, now seems as good a time as ever to put up some odds you might (or might not) see throughout the 2008 NASCAR season. — All bets are off: Juan Pablo Montoya employing …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 Auto Club 500 at Fontana

The wild, frantic pace of Speedweeks and the Daytona 500 is now behind us, and for fantasy team owners, it’s time to get into the weekly grind of the 2008 Sprint Cup season. Unless you have a crystal ball on steroids, there is a pretty good chance your fantasy team took a hit last weekend …

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Bubble Breakdown: Brian Vickers Shines While Digging Out of Top-35 Hole… Wood Brothers Dig Themselves in Deeper

All week, it looked like a battle between Joe Gibbs’s Toyotas and Rick Hendrick’s Chevrolets at this year’s Daytona 500; but with a last-lap surprise, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Roger Penske came out of nowhere to score a major 1-2 upset in the Great American Race for Dodge. There were a lot of surprises when …

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Bubble Breakdown: Previewing NASCAR’s 2008 Battle for the Top 35, Part II

Being in the Top 35 for the first five NASCAR races this season is a great luxury for those lucky enough to secure a spot at the conclusion of 2007. But after that, each team has to perform well enough to stay there in order to keep enjoying those benefits. Last week in this column, …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Ford 400 at Homestead Edition

The fat lady is warming up, the sun is beginning to set at Homestead and the curtain is about to close on the 2007 Nextel Cup season. After 35 races, it all comes down to two drivers – Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon – who’ll battle for the rights to the title. The rest of …

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