NASCAR Race Weekend Central

NASCAR Mailbox: The All-Star Race & What are Crew Members Paid?

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The Sprint All-Star Race. 20 of the best drivers in the world meet in Charlotte for the sport’s premiere event. At least that’s what it’s supposed to be, right? Saturday night seemed like it belonged to the few up in front, the eventual winner of the non-points race, Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 FedEx …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Carl Edwards’s No Caution Call at ‘Dega & Ryan Blaney’s Rise?

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What a weekend we had at Talladega! There was some great weather, phenomenal racing and another victory in Alabama for Dale Earnhardt Jr., his sixth win at the 2.66-mile track. Seeing Junior in Victory Lane so emotional, and so happy with his first win of 2015,  was something special that NASCAR fans will remember for …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Qualifying, Erik Jones & Heading to ‘Dega

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It’s pretty hard not to get up for a superspeedway race weekend, especially at Talladega. After the last few weeks of short(er) tracks on the schedule with stops at Bristol, Texas and Richmond, it’s nice to head back to a superspeedway. What may or may not be so nice for the leaders atop the standings …

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NASCAR Mailbox: A Tribute to Steve Byrnes, Driver vs. Crew Chief & Bristol

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The definition of respect is “a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements,” and this is exactly the feeling that I have for Steve Byrnes. Always the consummate professional covering the sport we all love, Byrnes was not just well-respected by NASCAR media, but by drivers, and …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Tires, Mexico & Cup Sponsorship?

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It’s Bristol week baby! Just when things on-track might be getting a little dull in terms of the aggressive driving and driver battles, we’ll see some short-track action from the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, Bristol Motor Speedway. This past week’s winner, Jimmie Johnson, and crew chief Chad Kanus, have been just OK at Bristol, posting an …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Tracks You’ll Never See Again & What’s Up with Toyota?

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How fitting that following the first NASCAR off-weekend, the Sprint Cup Series descends on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. They say things are bigger in Texas, and the return of NASCAR as we kick off spring, couldn’t be any bigger. Speaking of big, the fine that Ryan Newman and crew chief Luke Lambert, were handed …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Martinsville, Trucks, the RTA & the Off-Weekend

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We’re now six races into the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and what a six-pack of ups and downs it has been for fans and teams alike. Who would have thought that the kind of dominance we’ve seen out of 2014 champion Kevin Harvick would come so early in the season, and that single-car operation Furniture …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Brian Vickers, Furniture Row & Is Kurt Busch Really Back?

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What a race this past weekend in Fontana, right? The string of cautions during the last laps and the passing for the lead, especially when it counted for race winner Brad Keselowski, all really helped to amp up the Auto Club 400. Coors Light Pole Award winner Kurt Busch, really has made a tremendous leap …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Dominance, Disappointments & Distractions

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Who’s happier than Happy Harvick right now? He, crew chief Rodney Childers and the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 team are firing on all cylinders as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads into the third leg of the Cup series’ west coast swing. A trip to Victory Lane at Las Vegas, followed by sitting on the pole and …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Vegas, Inspection and Who will win the West?

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With three races down in the 2015 season (two if you’re only counting the new rules package), it’s clear to see this year has picked up pretty much right where 2014 left off. Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 Chevrolet is as fast as he was when he took the title  in Homestead at the …

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