NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Which Cup Driver Is the Best Available Free Agent?

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While there is little debate about which open NASCAR Cup Series ride is the best, which free agent driver do you think is the best long-term prospect? Luken Glover: There are a solid list of guys, such as Erik Jones, Corey LaJoie and Bubba Wallace. While Jones is a very desirable talent, LaJoie is someone to keep …

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The Underdog House: Double the Dover Ups and Dover Downs

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Top Dog Two races in two days at Dover is one of those things I never thought I’d see. Dover races used to be 500-mile-long, grueling affairs that would leave half the field on the verge of passing out from exhaustion. But the largely abbreviated 311-mile versions that we saw this weekend were, to say …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Curbs The Daytona Road Course

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Top Dog Michael McDowell is an accomplished road racer, so he always seems to have a better shot than most underdogs when the NASCAR Cup Series has to make a few right turns. With no one able to practice on the Daytona International Speedway road course prior to the start of the race, the often …

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The Underdog House: Bubba Wallace Leads the Way in Michigan

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Top Dog A doubleheader last weekend at Michigan International Speedway meant twice the opportunity for the underdog class to snag a solid finish. On Saturday, Bubba Wallace did that and then some, ending up with a ninth-place result. Running as high as third in the closing laps, Wallace briefly had visions of his first career …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Lonely at the Top

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Top Dog Michael McDowell has been a frequent visitor to the top 20 this season, but he barely squeaked in this past Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. McDowell spent the majority of the race hovering around the 25th position. He finished 26th and 25th in the first two stages and was still in 25th …

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Friday Faceoff: When Should NASCAR Unveil the 2021 Schedule?

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With the COVID-19 situation constantly evolving, when would it make sense for NASCAR to unveil the 2021 schedule? Mark Kristl: There isn’t a right time.  Nevertheless, NASCAR must announce it at some point, even though there are uncertainties.  If the schedule is set by the Southern 500, why not announce it that weekend to add …

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The Underdog House: Carry On, My Wayward Ty Dillon

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Top Dog Underdog teams face a lot of adversity and need to be resilient to overcome their long odds. Ty Dillon did just that, rebounding from his third DNF of 2020 last weekend at Texas to claim the top underdog spot in Thursday night’s race at the Kansas Speedway. Dillon was steady throughout the evening …

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The Underdog House: All-Star Rivals Bubba Wallace, Michael McDowell Make Texas Toast

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Top Dog After a forgettable All-Star Race evening at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bubba Wallace was probably as ready as anyone to get to Texas for this weekend’s event. He certainly channeled his energy appropriately, as the No. 43 Chevrolet captured the 14th finishing position. The Texas sun was scorching, but it wasn’t the only thing …

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