Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: The Lady In Black

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ONE: The Lady in Black Nearly every week when I write this column, I devote one point about the upcoming race track. It’s usually my third or fourth point, and it’s rarely my priority but next weekend’s track quite simply deserves to lead off. The Lady in Black is a jewel on the NASCAR schedule and …

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Five Points to Ponder: Don’t Count Out Joey Logano Just Yet

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ONE: Logano Isn’t Done Yet In the end, it was another disappointing finish for Joey Logano at Michigan International Speedway: 28th to be precise, after starting on the front row, the team’s third straight finish of 24th or worse. Since Logano’s win at Richmond International Raceway was encumbered, nixing his playoff berth, there’s no question …

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5 Points To Ponder: Curtains For Kasey Kahne

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ONE: Curtains For Kasey In what was far from a surprise announcement, news hit yesterday Kasey Kahne will not be returning to Hendrick Motorsports in 2018. The organization released him with a full year left on his contract. It’s fair to say that the partnership has not worked out as well as either party would have hoped when …

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5 Points to Ponder: Great NASCAR Finishes Abound After Indy

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ONE: Massive Win for Kahne I have a good friend who is a huge Kasey Kahne fan. He’s from the same home town –Enumclaw, WA — as the 14-year, 488-race Hendrick Motorsports veteran, and he’s followed Kahne’s career from the very start. He is, if you will, the definition of a die-hard fan. This past …

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Five Points to Ponder: Joe Gibbs Racing Rounding Into Form

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ONE: Hamlin’s Hall of Fame Credentials For both Denny Hamlin and the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization, Sunday’s win was absolutely crucial. Not only was it a milestone 30th career win for Hamlin, good for 25th on the all-time list, but it was also JGR’s first victory of the 2017 season and an incredible 210th …

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5 Points to Ponder: Ch-ch-changes

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The Track Side interviews: First up, this week, a quick word about NBC’s new “trackside” winner interviews conducted on the frontstretch immediately post-burnout. My quick take is they’re excellent, and it’s a tremendous addition to the overall broadcast. Why? Primarily because it’s a chance to see some raw emotion from the winning driver before they’ve …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR Approaching Halfway Home

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ONE: Halfway Home Hard to believe it, if I’m honest, but with Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway we’ll be half way home. For such a long series, the half way point always somewhat surprises me. You would have thought by now it wouldn’t be the case; given I’ve written this column for …

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5 Points to Ponder: Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Together Again?

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ONE: Dale Jr. to the FOX Booth? I want to start out by saying I have nothing but love and respect for old DW. Sure, his boogity boogity nonsense drives me a tad insane but the three-time champion, 84-time race winner and Hall of Famer has achieved more in his NASCAR career than all but the …

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Five Points to Ponder: The Joy of Your Home Track

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ONE: Home Track For the first 13 years of the 16-plus years I’ve lived in this great country, my home was Manhattan. Not exactly a hot bed of NASCAR activity, to be fair, except for the occasional trial balloon “street race” concept that gets raised from time to time and fizzles out as soon as …

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Five Points to Ponder: Halfway Home With NASCAR 2017

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ONE: Overtime line needs a rules tweak If there is one common thread in NASCAR these past couple years, it would be incessant rule changes. And after Sunday’s race conclusion it looks like we might need another. The overtime line rule was first introduced in 2016 but given the way the final caution played out …

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