NASCAR Race Weekend Central

A Night and Day Difference for NASCAR

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Last weekend was a difficult weather weekend for the midwest. Continual rain and a passing cold front made for cold, largely wet nights amid a month filled with near-constant moisture. For most people in the area, the weekend was a quiet one, spent largely indoors with hopes of sunlight and 80-degree days in the near …

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A Fair Compromise

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I confess that I’ve spent the better part of this week removed from the racing world. Only occasional motorsports stories like the rules package with potential elements of the 2021 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car being utilized in the upcoming Monster Energy All-Star Race have caught my eye for more than a fleeting glance. With …

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Four-for-Four: Takeaways from the first races with the 2019 package

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As hard as it is to believe, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field is already four races into the 2019 rules package. From package discussion to surprising finishers, there have been quite a few things to note from the opening quartet of races. Here are a few of the highlights thus far. Lowered Expectations …

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Denny Hamlin Won the Battle in Daytona, Now Can He Win the War?

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It’s been a good week to be Denny Hamlin. The Virginian has spent the past few days soaking the glitz and glamour of a Daytona 500 victory. Hamlin added to his legacy with a second appearance on the Harley J. Earl trophy last Sunday, bolstering his NASCAR Hall of Fame bid in the process. His …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Matt Kenseth

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The 2016 season for Matt Kenseth was serviceable, if a slight step back from his five-win 2015 campaign. But despite that solid effort, Kenseth’s lasting memories will be his collapses on the sport’s biggest stages. Entering his fourth season with Joe Gibbs Racing, Kenseth appeared poised to deliver Coach Joe Gibbs one of racing’s ultimate …

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The 10: History at Homestead

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The Championship 4 entered Homestead-Miami Speedway filled with talent and hope, but in the end, only one driver could hoist the Sprint Cup Series trophy. That someone, for the seventh time in the last 11 seasons, was Jimmie Johnson. Johnson got the best of Kyle Larson and Joey Logano on the final restart of Sunday’s …

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Carl Edwards Shows Class of a Champion Amid Heartbreaking Loss

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Jimmie Johnson may have hoisted up his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship trophy at the end of Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400, but he wasn’t the only one who looked like a champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Carl Edwards made sure of that. Somehow, some way, Edwards’ bitter championship loss on Sunday managed to look even …

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4 Burning Questions: Which 3 Will Get the Best of 4?

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Who Caps Off 2016 with the Sprint Cup Title? One thing’s for sure: This year’s Championship 4 certainly isn’t lacking storylines. First, there’s Jimmie Johnson, a six-time champion eyeing his seventh and a chance to tie legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt in the record books. Next? Kyle Busch, 2015’s Cinderella story who’s trying to match …

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The 10: Phoenix Pandemonium

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With two laps to go, Matt Kenseth appeared due for the top spot in our power rankings. Amid a quiet but strong Chase, the 2003 champion had positioned himself to take an impressive victory at Phoenix International Raceway and surge into the Championship 4. Then, suddenly, the caution flag flew and everything changed. Minutes later, …

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Phoenix Semifinal Lives Up to the Hype to Set Up a Dramatic Championship 4

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Fans upset by an apparent lack of drama through the opening eight races of the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup need to look no further than Phoenix International Raceway to get their fill of chaos and emotion. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entered the year’s penultimate race amid a relatively quiet Chase, at least …

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