Race Weekend Central

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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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal

For the third year in a row, Marcos Ambrose was the class of the field. And for the third year in a row, he failed to take the checkered flag at Montreal. Ambrose, who in an interview that ran during the race broadcast was quoted calling his secret to road racing “minimizing the mistakes made …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 EnjoyIllinois.com 225/NAPA Auto Parts 200 Edition

Here’s a peek at what drivers were thinking following the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway and NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Carl Edwards Takes Advantage of Marcos Ambrose’s Error to Win in Montreal

On Sunday (Aug. 30), Carl Edwards ran up front for most of the race, running in the top 10 and generally staying out of trouble. However, he didn’t really have anything for Marcos Ambrose, who dominated the day. The last few laps changed that significantly. When the rains came on lap 58, necessitating a brief …

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Mirror Driving: Fuel-Injection Firestorm, Tackling Team Orders & Why Bash Bristol?

Saturday’s race at Bristol featured green-flag passing as well as several on-track run-ins, although many fans still said afterward that the race was boring.

2 to Go: 5 Points to Ponder Ahead of NASCAR’s Last Off Weekend

With the last of four off weekends for the Sprint Cup Series ahead of us this weekend, here are five points to ponder ahead of the stretch run of 12 races in 12 weeks. Just How Good is Marcos Ambrose Going to Get? Following a tremendous third place finish at Thunder Valley, Ambrose played the …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Sharpie 500 at Bristol Edition

Welcome back Bristol – we missed you! Or maybe you never left and we just had to get used to a few less shoving matches in the Thunder Valley bullring. Nonetheless, the Sprint Cup Series capped off an exciting week of racing at Bristol Motor Speedway by seeing Kyle Busch break out of both a …

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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 …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Sharpie 500 at Bristol

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Everybody knows he can run a road course, but the man who was introduced to Men At Work’s “Land Down Under” on Saturday night showed he could handle one of NASCAR’s toughest tracks with ease. Marcos Ambrose started 25th at Thunder Valley but had a real shot at …

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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.