Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover Edition

Scott Impresses Jimmie Johnson’s win in this week’s Cup Series event at Dover may not have been a surprise, but the results across the two other national series at the 1-mile oval certainly were. Brad Keselowski was in the right spot at the right time in Saturday’s Nationwide race when Joey Logano got into Kyle …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano’s Improvement Continues With Help From Miles the Monster

Joey Logano Start: 21st; Finish: 15th Summary: After struggling throughout much of practice, Logano was able to qualify his Home Depot Toyota in the middle of the pack for the Autism Speaks 400. As it turned out, his starting spot was actually quite good considering how tight the car was. Logano struggled mightily with the …

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Happy Hour: Joey Logano Bit off More Than He Could Chew & Now He’s Chewing It

Possibly the worst thing that can happen to a young athlete is high expectations. More often than not, the “can’t-miss” prospect at the top level of any sport ends up missing. Most Philadelphia area sports fans remember back in the late 1990s when up-and-coming “can’t-miss” prospect JD Drew refused to sign with the Phillies for …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Edition

The conclusion of the Anti-Climatic 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway Monday leaves the NASCAR fanbase wondering exactly which driver should have won. Since the race began in the middle of the day on Monday instead of early in the evening on Sunday, drivers did not have to encounter as many changes in track conditions as …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Joey Logano Earns 3rd Top-10 Finish at the “Lake at Lowe’s”

Joey Logano Start: 14th; Finish: 9th Summary: Logano rolled off the starting grid in the 14th position when the green flag finally waved for the Coca-Cola 600 on Monday afternoon. The rookie, who just turned 19 years young on Sunday, celebrated by keeping his name mixed with the leaders for virtually the entire afternoon. By lap …

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Bubble Breakdown: Rain Plays Into the Hands of Robby Gordon While Scott Riggs Rains on Baldwin’s Parade

Well the 24 Hours of Charlotte finally came to an end late Monday afternoon and the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 was dominated by Kyle Busch and the weather. The race never went green on Sunday and suffered rain delays again on Monday before finally being called and producing a surprise winner. So to …

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Did You Notice? France Manipulates the Truth, Why NASCAR Parity is Still Problematic, & Driver Do’s & Dont’s

Did You Notice? That hidden underneath Brian France’s quotes on the drug policy was this little tidbit about the state of the sport: “In terms of the ratings decline, yes, I think it’s also important to note where our fans and sports fans can get their news, information and other mediums that are now in …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2009 All-Star Race

The All-Star Race is supposed to feature the cream of the crop, a chance for Sprint Cup’s top tier to go head-to-head in a battle royale with nothing but money and pride on the line. And after a tame beginning, this race featuring a who’s who of stock car stardom refused to disappoint, with drivers …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? I’m going to take a hard right turn from the norm and award a winner in this category. He wasn’t the $1 million winner, I know, but I’d be willing to bet that Sam Hornish Jr. felt like $1 million after winning the Sprint Showdown. While not an official …

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