Race Weekend Central

The Underdog House: NASCAR Must ‘Cope’ With Slow Cars On Track

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Think Small After last weekend’s race at Richmond Raceway, where Derrike Cope brought out a late caution while racing several laps down, fans and some media suggested Cope should have been removed from the track by NASCAR long before the incident. That group, which included regular season champion Martin Truex Jr., claimed Cope was so far in …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s In, Who’s Out & Does It Matter?

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The big news this week were the departures of Danica Patrick from the No. 10 and Aric Almirola from the No. 43.  Who ends up in those rides? Michael Massie: It seems a given that Aric Almirola will get in the No. 10 and Darrell Wallace Jr. is the new No. 43 driver. I love …

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The Underdog House: The Invisible NASCAR Season

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Think Small Ah, fall.  Race fans can welcome cooler temperatures, cheer for their favorites in the playoffs…and kiss the chance of seeing the smaller teams mentioned during the broadcast goodbye. With the exception of Ryan Blaney, who made the postseason, all other underdogs will fade into the background of championship talk. That goes for any …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s Got the Best Championship Battle?

NASCAR Xfinity Series action at Pocono Raceway, 2017 Photo: NKP

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Subway announced last weekend it’s dropping its backing of Joe Gibbs Racing and Daniel Suarez after Suarez did a television segment holding a box of Dunkin’ Donuts doughnuts.  Does the negative attention the company’s gotten outweigh the reasoning behind the change? Michael Massie: Subway’s deal was with Carl Edwards, but it would have been labeled as …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things That Don’t Sit Right

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1. Dollars to Doughnuts When an NBC producer handed Daniel Suarez a box of doughnuts and asked him to pass them out to fans at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, it was a fun, lighthearted piece with a likeable rookie driver. But a few weeks later, it cost Suarez a sponsor. Subway, which had …

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The Underdog House: Debris or Not Debris

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Think Small From the day NASCAR ran its first race, fans have questioned whether certain teams and drivers receive preferential treatment.  Of course, fans differ in their opinion of just who is getting that treatment and who gets unfairly targeted, usually depending on which teams and drivers they like, so take the complaints with a …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: The Lady In Black Adds to Jimmie Johnson’s Summer Woes

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It’s hard to ignore the grey in the beard or the lines around the eyes these days.  No longer a kid, but several years older and seven times wiser, Jimmie Johnson looks through the eyes of a champion. But these days, the worry lines are a bit deeper, the eyes not laughing like they sometimes …

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Denny Hamlin Wins Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 Pole at Darlington

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The No. 18 XFINITY Series car of Joe Gibbs Racing is as fast as ever this weekend with Denny Hamlin behind the wheel.  Hamlin topped both practice sessions on Friday and capped off the trifecta by winning the pole for the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 on Saturday.  Hamlin set a lap speed of 172.209 …

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Clint Bowyer Searching for Win, Redemption as Playoff Deadline Looms

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With just two weeks left to take a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs, Clint Bowyer sites tenth in driver points, a welcome rebound for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver after struggling through 2016 with an underfunded team. Most years, tenth would be plenty to get a driver in the playoffs. The trouble for Bowyer is, this year …

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