Race Weekend Central

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Rookies Perform Terribly While a Former ROTY Behaves Terribly at Loudon

Joey Logano Start: 33rd; Finish: 21st Summary: Joey Logano’s return to his home track in Loudon, where he scored his first career Cup victory earlier this year, did not get off to a good start. The Connecticut native could only muster enough speed out of his Home Depot Camry for a dismal 33rd starting position …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Leads Quiet Night for Rookie Contenders

Scott Speed Start: 32nd; Finish: 24th Summary: It certainly wasn’t flashy, but Scott Speed finished the race 24th with a car in good shape. That’s about everything Team Red Bull can ask at this point considering the Top 35 is all but out of reach and that the organization’s focus is square on the No. …

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What’s Vexing Vito: Ousting a Veteran Driver at His Best Track for an Unproven Rookie: Par for the Course in NASCAR

It was announced this week that 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte was going to be replaced, in effect, by Roush Fenway Nationwide Series driver Erik Darnell in seven of this year’s final 12 races. It was the latest turn in a saga which saw Labonte start 2009 as the latest wheelman of the …

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Bowles-Eye View: Is Erik Darnell’s Best Chance Bobby Labonte’s Last Hurrah?

We always seem to want athletes to retire on their own terms in this country. Just like what we expect in our own line of work, past achievements and personal respect should combine for a lifetime of immunity, putting someone in position to make their own choice about when to walk away from the sport …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 US Cellular 250 at Iowa

If there is one thing that has kept Brad Keselowski from challenging Kyle Busch for the Nationwide title in 2009, it has been an inability to keep up on the short run. The No. 88 car has been among the fastest after a few laps… but that’s all it’s been taking for the No. 18 …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway

On a rare weekend where the Nationwide Series was the only show in town, Cup regulars were nonetheless the story all night long… though a different face did most of the dominating. With announcements swirling that he would be doing more Nationwide driving in his own No. 33 car next season, Kevin Harvick led over …

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