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 …

Read more

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Freshmen Struggle to Find Footing at Richmond… With 1 Exception

Joey Logano Start: 27th; Finish: 14th Summary: Joey Logano faced a tall order when Saturday evening’s race began. Starting towards the back of the field at a short track during one of the season’s most intense races of the year would be daunting for any freshman, but especially for one who had yet to score …

Read more

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. …

Read more

Happy Hour: Revisiting NASCAR Predictions From Feb. 2009

Editor’s Note: Kurt Smith is once again vacationing and shirking his duties at Frontstretch, thinking himself the big shot after a couple of brief radio appearances and whatnot. But as a public service to you the Frontstretch readers, he left us a revisit of an earlier column asking our great writers about the future of …

Read more

The Yellow Stripe: Has This NASCAR Season Really Been All That Bad?

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and in the case of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series that’s certainly how I felt this past Sunday (Aug. 30), as for the fourth and final time this season, NASCAR’s top echelon took a well-deserved weekend off from the relentless slog that is the Cup schedule. With …

Read more

What’s Vexing Vito: Driver Introduction Music at Bristol – How to Turn a Good Idea Up to 11

This past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, the night race that was the Sharpie 500 was host once again to one of NASCAR’s most anticipated races of the year. As NASCAR continues its effort to elevate itself to something that resembles a cross between an NFL game, Wrestlemania and a rock concert, it featured personalized …

Read more

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Patience & Perseverance Pay Off for Speed at Bristol

Scott Speed Start: 3rd; Finish: 15th Summary: Scott Speed recorded his best starting position since Chicago in July when he qualified on the inside of row two for the Sharpie 500. The Californian would not remain there for long however as he quickly faded outside of the top 15 by the lap 100 mark, eventually …

Read more

Thompson in Turn 5: Joey Logano – No One Is Better Than Joe Gibbs at Picking a Winner

If it appears that the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota driven by rookie Joey Logano has become increasingly more visible in recent weeks, it is because he’s begun to emerge from the back of the pack and become more of a weekly contender. Perhaps no driver entered the country’s top stock car series with higher …

Read more

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano’s Inadvertent Pit Call Leads to a Top-10 Finish

It was a day where Joey Logano reminded us that he was still a rookie and then demonstrated how much he has grown as a driver by recovering from it. After running in the top 15 for most of the race, miscommunication put the driver in the precarious position of being up front but having to pit off sequence.