Race Weekend Central

Happy Hour: Hey Race Fans, It’s Time for NASCAR’s Annual Big Points Giveaway!

Greetings race fans and welcome once again to NASCAR’s Fifth Annual Big Points Giveaway, where we find 11 NASCAR drivers without the points lead and furnish them with a brand new points total and wipe away those lesser performances! (Playing of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Give It Away”) You heard right everyone! Every year before …

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NASCAR Confidential: Insider Dishes on Chasers, Tony Stewart, the CoT & New Hampshire

Over the final two months of the season, Frontstretch is proud to debut its newest column: NASCAR Confidential. Once every three weeks, we’ll have one of our Cup-driving friends stop by and give us his take on what’s going on in the series today. Don’t ask us who he is, because we won’t be telling …

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Voices From the Heartland: At What Point Does NASCAR Fame Make You Become a Jerk?

Every once in a while, something is publicized that, when you read it, leaves you scratching you head (or other parts of your anatomy) wondering – just where the heck did that come from? Such is the case with the recent Rolling Stone article featuring Tony Stewart. Normally, I never would have even read the …

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Fanning the Flames: Joey Logano’s Debut, Kyle’s Karma & Tony’s Ravioli

Here’s to hoping the 10 Chase races are as cool as the one we saw in Richmond. It’s a long shot, I know… but here’s to hoping. Q: Matt, my question last week was about Joey Logano and how you thought he would do in his first race. Well, like you alluded to God and …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Stocking Your Team for Chase Fever in Loudon

The Chase is off and running with this weekend’s race at Loudon, and the time for gamers to weigh their options for the run to the finish is now. There are 12 extraordinary teams who made this year’s playoff field – but there’s also plenty of quality drivers who didn’t make it. The job for …

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Did You Notice? Stewart’s Sabotage, Ragan Rattled, Bowyer’s Cheap Shot & Richmond Beauty

Did You Notice? How much better the racing was at Richmond when just a handful of cars were racing for points? All over the track on Sunday, it looked like drivers were shot out of a cannon, released from the shackles of having to calculate what’ll happen if they play it safe and run 17th. …

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Top 10 Reasons Rolling Stone Should Stick to Writing About Rock Stars – Not Tony Stewart

10. Tony Stewart probably doesn’t even know who Dr. Hook is. 9. “…A cloud of greasy black smoke from Jimmie Johnson‘s celebratory rubber burn wafts over…” Black smoke from a burnout? Ain’t never seen that! 8. The article is more conveniently slanted than the corners at Bristol. 7. The only instrument Stewart could possibly play …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond

The regular season has come to an end, and like it or not, the fifth year of the Chase is upon us. There are 12 drivers now eligible to win the Cup Series title, unlike the two or three who’d be in contention under the old points system. But even though the list has expanded, …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Tony Stewart Rude, Crude & 1 of the Best

I’m not sure who I rank as the best all-around driver I have ever witnessed do battle on a racetrack; but of the three at the top of my list, only one is still active… Tony Stewart. (Mario Andretti and AJ Foyt round out my own personal all-time top three). That’s not a particularly controversial …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 NASCAR Pre-Chase Edition

After seven months, 26 races and a rollercoaster of ups and downs, the 2008 Chase for the Championship field is now set. This year’s 12 participants will go at it in the fifth edition of NASCAR’s new format, battling through a 10-week playoff push that will culminate with a 400-mile shootout at Homestead in November. …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Dramatic Richmond Race Had ESPN Covering All Sides

Just like Bristol a couple of weeks ago, made-for-TV storylines saturated Sunday’s Richmond race as much as Tropical Storm Hanna soaked the area late Friday and early Saturday. Not only were several drivers vying for the final transfer positions into the top 12 in the standings – thus qualifying them for the Chase – but …

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