Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 FedEx 400 at Dover

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Who’s in the headline – There is domination, and then there is total domination. There have only been four drivers in the history of the sport who won 10 or more races at a single track. After Sunday that number increased by one as Jimmie Johnson rode to Victory Lane at Dover International Speedway for the …

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Tech Talk: Rubber, Fuel Strategy & Rough Rides with Matt Puccia

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Matt Puccia has been working hard to get Greg Biffle back up to the front of the pack. The Roush Fenway Racing No. 16 camp has been struggling to race for wins, but last weekend it was right in the mix and came home in second place. The strides the team has made over the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

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Who’s in the headline – Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch dominated the race, leading almost 250 of the 400 laps. The eighth and final caution of the race flew with 62 laps to go, and five cars chose to roll the dice and try and stretch their fuel mileage for all of those laps. In …

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Tech Talk: Tony Gibson on Tires, Fuel & Pit-Stop Speed

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Tony Gibson put another car on the track that was in contention to win on Saturday night. The late-race restart caused the No. 41 to slip back into the pack and that eliminated their shot at a win. Gibson’s pit crew ripped off four pit stops under 11 seconds during the race. They are now …

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Jeff Gordon to Join FOX Sports Broadcast Booth for 2016

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There were rumblings throughout the garage and media centers over the past few months about changes coming to the broadcast booth for next season on FOX. They ranged from a complete overhaul to some minor tweaks. While most fans seemed to lean toward the total remake, the network has decided to do a minor tweak. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte

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Who’s in the headline – While most of the stories will be written about Denny Hamlin winning the race, it is his pit crew that really should be in the spotlight. On the mandatory stop before the final 10-lap segment, Hamlin’s crew threw down a 10.4-second pit stop. DJ Copp told Frontstretch in 2013 that …

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Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff on Testing, Tweaking & Hammering Down

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Before Bristol, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Jason Ratcliff, the crew chief for Matt Kenseth, was on Tech Talk and his team promptly went out and put its No. 20 car in Victory Lane. This week he is back for another technical preview and he hopes to ride the TT mojo to a second post-interview victory. His team …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Spongebob Squarepants 400 at Kansas

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Who’s in the headline – The newest iteration of the Chase has made gambling much easier for those people who have a win or two under their belts. Saturday night, Jimmie Johnson put another notch in his as he stretched his fuel and tires to a victory. A late-race caution allowed Johnson and his No. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 GEICO 500 at Talladega

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Who’s in the headline – It took 11 years but Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally won another Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega. After some spirited racing for much of the first part of the race, the last third turned into a mind-numbing parade with little to no action at all. Earnhardt pitted with a few …

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Tech Talk: Matt Puccia on Greg Biffle’s Talladega Chances & Roush’s New Cars

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Greg Biffle‘s first career Cup victory took place at Daytona in 2003 in a restrictor-plate race, while his best finish at Talladega was last spring. Matt Puccia, his crew chief, is rather excited about going to the longest track on the schedule this weekend, and after a difficult outing at Richmond he is hoping to …

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