Race Weekend Central

NASCAR 101: Can Anyone Clinch a Chase Spot with a Win?

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You’ve heard it all year: win and you’re in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Well, this weekend marks the final chance for a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to do so. By scoring a victory, while also being inside the top 30 in points and having attempted every race of the season …

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Denny Hamlin Wins 2015 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington with Late-Race Pass

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Daniel Suarez nearly had it: his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory. But in the end, it was Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin who won Saturday’s VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 from Darlington Raceway, having passed series rookie Suarez with three laps to go en route to victory. All was not lost, though; …

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NASCAR 101: Xfinity Series Getting Into Throwback Spirit, Too

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Much of the hullabaloo over this weekend’s racing at Darlington Raceway revolves around the sheer girth of throwback events and paint schemes that will populate the Southern 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series come Sunday night. As the race re-assumes its historic Labor Day weekend date, the sanctioning body and its teams are celebrating …

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NASCAR 101: Didn’t Pay Your NASCAR Sponsorship Bill? You’re Not Alone

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Kyle Busch and his Kyle Busch Motorsports are in the midst of a lawsuit – though they’re not on the receiving end. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the Camping World Truck Series team had sued former driver Justin Boston and sponsor Zloop after the company reportedly skipped out on payments to keep Boston …

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NASCAR 101: Cole Custer Poised to Make History in the Truck Series

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Quick, the drivers with the most laps led in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition this year – go. Obviously Erik Jones has to figure into your guesses, even though he’s only won a single race all season. Aside from his eight top-five finishes, he’s been around the front for much of the year’s races, …

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NASCAR 101: NASCAR Drivers from the Mitten

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When I was growing up, the one NASCAR race weekend I could always count on seeing each year was one at Michigan International Speedway, whether it was the June or August race (the latter, usually). Good thing, too – the track didn’t always have a stellar reputation for putting on a great show on TV, …

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NASCAR 101: Where Did All the Ringers Go?

Will AJ Allmendinger be a legitimate threat in the Chase?

There was a point in time in NASCAR’s not-so-distant past when the road-course races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series were quite the ambiguous affair – and not just because they’re among the few races in which the drivers actually have to turn right at a high speed. Then, the entry lists were dotted with …

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NASCAR 101: Who Is Rob Kauffman?

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Without a doubt, the week’s biggest news has been the rumored switch of Michael Waltrip Racing from Toyota to Chevrolet. Or a potential partnership with Furniture Row Racing. Or a similar deal with Chip Ganassi Racing. Or for MWR’s majority owner to leave the team altogether. Yeah, it’s been a wide-ranging, gossip-fueled post-Brickyard week. On …

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NASCAR 101: Is Bobby Pierce the Next Big Thing?

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It’s not always smart to use hyperbole, but sometimes it’s warranted: Bobby Pierce could be one of the next big stars in NASCAR. OK, maybe not. Perhaps the name Bobby Pierce will only surface during the NASCAR dirt race(s) each year or in relevant events in the dirt racing community. Maybe his second-place finish Wednesday …

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NASCAR 101: Meet the Drivers Making Their NASCAR Debuts This Weekend

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It doesn’t happen that often, so take note: this weekend, you can see drivers make NASCAR debuts in each of the top three series. As NASCAR rolls to Kentucky Speedway for a tripleheader weekendwith the Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck series on tap (as long as it stops raining, at least), fans will …

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