Race Weekend Central

NASCAR’s Brief Return to Slight Normalcy at the Coca-Cola 600

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Greatest Day in Motorsport will be a shell of its traditional self.  But thanks to NASCAR, it won’t be entirely empty, either. With the NASCAR Cup Series done with a flexible shift to Darlington Raceway to restart the 2020 season, the tour is now preparing for its Memorial Day weekend classic, the Coca-Cola 600. …

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The Time is Right for A Shared NASCAR-IndyCar Weekend

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While I was making the long post-day-job drive from Indiana to North Carolina on Friday, I did so with a slight twinkle in my eye. I wasn’t going to make it to the track that day — my drive ended an hour from Charlotte at 1 a.m. — but I knew that those in attendance …

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Pondering the Postseason Field: Who Secures the Final Spots?

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It’s taken a few years and 25 races to get here, but there’s playoff drama to be found heading into this weekend’s Cup Series regular season finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  After years where the playoff field was largely decided in the weeks prior to the finale, a quartet of drivers have proven unable to …

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Testing Spring Takeaways With Fall Drawing Near

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Five months, 1,000 podcasts and one qualifying format change ago, I came to write this monthly column and found my mind wandering to multiple different things. NASCAR’s 2019 rules package was fresh on everyone’s mind, a few standout teams were dominating the series and others were quietly establishing themselves as contenders. I commemorated the occasion …

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Stars & Stories Make NASCAR’s 2nd-Tier Tour a Must-Watch

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There’s a great rivalry brewing in the NASCAR garage, one filled with stars from various backgrounds competing for different manufacturers and each bringing their own personality and flavor to the championship chase. Here’s the thing, though – it isn’t in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. NASCAR’s best young rivalry is growing in the Xfinity …

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Formula N: Cup Shaping Up For a Two-Team Duel

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR and Formula 1 have traditionally existed as tours with little to compare either on-track or off. Their competitors brought contrasting backgrounds and styles. Races played out in different manners with each tour. Even the track layouts (ovals vs. circuits) and vocabulary (crash vs. shunt) were worlds apart between the world’s top tour and America’s …

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A Night and Day Difference for NASCAR

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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