Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: Mark Martin Was Right All Along

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ONE: The Champion Turns out Mark Martin was right after all. Joey Logano really is the best thing since sliced bread. The 28-year-old Team Penske driver becomes Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion in his tenth full season — winning his third race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the 21st of his career, …

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5 Points to Ponder: Time to Crown a Champ, Plus Elliott Sadler’s Last Hurrah

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ONE: Championship Weekend So, this is it, then. One more race for all the marbles. 267 laps and 400 miles on the progressive banking of the mile-and-a-half Homestead-Miami Speedway to determine the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have made the Championship 4 four times out of a possible …

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5 Points to Ponder: Cousin Carl’s Return & Trevor Bayne’s Last Hurrah

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ONE: Two Into Six Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick have already booked their spots in the Championship 4 and will race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title in two weeks. On the other end of the spectrum, Chase Elliott (-39 points) Aric Almirola (-57 pts) and Clint Bowyer (-72pts) have to win to …

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5 Points to Ponder: Beware the Ides of “Mart”

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ONE: A Dish Served Cold For the second time in five races in the 2018 playoffs, Martin Truex Jr. was denied a win on the very last lap of the race. Predictably his immediate post-race reaction was hotter than his glowing brake rotors. “He may have won the battle, but he ain’t winning the damn …

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5 Points to Ponder: Emotional NASCAR Rollercoaster For John Hunter Nemechek

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ONE: Martinsville Hallelujah for Martinsville Speedway, the oldest, slowest and (in my humble opinion) best track on the circuit. The Chase iteration of 500 laps around the paperclip is usually feisty and memories of a many laps down Matt Kenseth ramming the leader Joey Logano into the wall and the Denny Hamlin vs Chase Elliott …

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5 Points to Ponder: Heartbreak on NASCAR’s High Banks

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ONE: Halfway Home Talladega Superspeedway will mark the midway point in the 2018 playoffs and for some drivers, the race will also mark the end of their title aspirations even with one remaining track to come in the second round. As things stand, Chase Elliott’s win at the Monster Mile sees him safely ensconced in …

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5 Points to Ponder: A NASCAR Unknown (For Once)

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ONE: The Roval Awaits Despite all the week to week drama inherent in NASCAR, the truth is not much really — and I mean, really — changes. But this weekend, we truly have a difference maker: a brand-new track, a first-time road course in the post season and as the final race of the first …

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5 Points To Ponder: 2018 IndyCar Championship Edition

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ONE: The race was over before the first turn The importance of qualifying was writ large on the INDYCAR season finale before the completion of the first turn. Starting in sixth place, Alexander Rossi, chasing a maiden title in his 50th open-wheel race, damaged his front wing in a collision after teammate Marco Andretti had to …

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5 Points to Ponder: Unexpected Racing Champions

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ONE: An Unexpected Champion What a huge weekend for Brad Keselowski. He won at Darlington Raceway, in both series, for the first time (and for the first time since 1975 for Penske) but the real question is can he turn this into some much needed momentum for the stretch run? “Moments like today are just …

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5 Points to Ponder: Chasing Glory

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ONE: Chasing the Playoffs Just three races remain before we begin the 2018 iteration of the playoffs and it’s an excellent trio of tracks to close us out before the serious business of the post-season begins. First up, we head to NASCAR’s coliseum, or Thunder Valley if you prefer, and Bristol Motor Speedway. Then, after …

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