Race Weekend Central

Happy Hour: Where’s the Love for Pocono Raceway?

In the world of motorsports commentary, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of affection for Pocono Raceway. The complaints are numerous. Boring, single-file racing and not enough passing. No gear shifting. Too big of a track. 500 miles is too long. Can’t see what’s going on near the tunnel turn from the seats. Too …

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Fanning the Flames: Silly Season Contracts, Old-School Drivers & the “Blow-Up” Crowd

No time to waste with an intro this week; it’s sunny and 70, and I need to hit a patio. Good batch this week, boys and girls. Keep ‘em rollin’ on in. Q: The Silly Season rumors are driving me nuts. Whatever happened to loyalty in NASCAR? Jamie McMurray has a full year left on …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Can Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin Repeat Past Pocono Success?

There truly is no track like Pocono Raceway. The longest straightaway in Sprint Cup, three distinct turns and a triangular shape distinguish the Pennsylvania facility as one of the most unique in all of motorsports. At 500 miles, Pocono is truly a test of man and machine. The track’s wildly different characteristics require drivers to …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Best Buy 400 at Dover

The Monster Mile wasn’t as much of a monster as it’s been in the past – that is, after an early race melee involved six of the top 12 drivers in the points standings. But while the rest of the day may have put you to sleep, it did allow for some decisive moves in …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Best Buy 400 at Dover Edition

The notorious Monster Mile jumped out and attacked the competition Sunday when Elliott Sadler came down on the No. 38 of David Gilliland on lap 18, triggering a massive pileup that ended the days for a number of Chase contenders before they could even get into a rhythm. Aside from Sadler’s blunder, though, it was …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Best Buy 400 at Dover

1. Are They Baaack? – Television ratings for NASCAR have seen resurgence this race season after experiencing at least two years of declines. The Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600 tallied a 4% boost over last season’s telecast, and posted the first increase in viewer numbers in three years. But the 4% improvement, though noteworthy, is …

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Voices From the Heartland: Brian France Speaks Again & Adds to Global Warming!

You readers out there that peruse this column regularly know that I just love writing about NASCAR CEO Brian France. Why? Because he is soooo easy! Not easy like a Sunday morning, but easy like challenging the kids on the short bus to a spelling bee. And, to be brutally honest, I like easy. At …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Can Truex Repeat For Your Team, or Will Cousin Carl Continue to Own the Monster?

Dover International Speedway is one of the toughest tracks on the schedule, a concrete bullring with very tricky transitions on and off of the straightaways. The race offers drivers a multitude of opportunities to be caught up in someone else’s mess, and often, a driver ends up on the rollback due to no fault of …

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Top 10 Reasons Tony Stewart Got Rid of His Pet Monkey, Mojo

10. Took someone’s advice literally when they said something about “getting the monkey off his back” in hopes of winning a race. 9. Since Tony’s “waxing,” the monkey is no longer needed for grooming purposes and the cost of genuine “monkey snacks” has skyrocketed. 8. The monkey was actually kidnapped by a confused Austin Powers. …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race on the NASCAR schedule, and the twists and turns that take place over those four-and-a-half hours of racing led to plenty of opportunities for writers to change their votes in the rankings. As you might expect, Kasey Kahne made a leap from unranked to well inside the top …

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