NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Are Drivers Too Quick to Use the Bumper These Days?

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Many racetracks have unique traditions for the winner. For example, the race winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway holds up a live lobster in Victory Lane. What is your favorite Victory Lane tradition, prop or recurring celebration in racing? Bryan Gable: It’s not specific to one track, but I enjoy the Polish victory lap.  Alan …

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Up to Speed: Tickets to the Smoke Show

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This was a good week to be Tony Stewart. On Wednesday, Stewart’s Eldora Speedway hosted the Camping World Truck Series.  As the only dirt track race that any of NASCAR’s national series runs, the Eldora Dirt Derby is always a highly-anticipated event.  This year’s edition featured plenty of action, capped with a photo finish between …

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Up to Speed: Can Ryan Blaney Turn the Tide as the Playoffs Approach?

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Photo: Danny Peters

Ryan Blaney is playoff bound in 2018. No, he does not have a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win this year.  He did come close Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway (July 14) by finishing second to Martin Truex Jr.  It is Blaney’s best finish of the season and his first top five in 12 races. …

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Up to Speed: Drivers go from Hero to Zero at Daytona

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Daytona International Speedway has been a fixture in NASCAR for 60 years.  Its towering banks and high speeds have held the power to humble drivers from the very beginning. This weekend continued a long tradition at the World Center of Racing.  Drivers arrive in Daytona expressing optimism about their chances to reach Victory Lane.  While …

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Up to Speed: The Kyle & Kyle Show’s Greatest Episode

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On a Sunday afternoon, when storms were brewing all around Chicagoland Speedway, the biggest storm of all was brewing on the race track.  Kyle Larson was charging through the field, running his customary high line inches away from the wall.  Larson was trying to catch Kyle Busch, who held a sizeable lead but appeared a …

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Up to Speed: NASCAR Stages Mean Less Strategy at Sonoma

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(Photo: Danny Peters)

The key to Martin Truex Jr.’s victory Sunday (June 24) at Sonoma Raceway was a pit stop that did not happen.  Cole Pearn, Truex’s crew chief, appeared to call the No. 78 to pit road late in the race, only to have the driver stay out for several more laps.  When Truex did pit later …

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Up to Speed: Joey Logano is the 4th Contender

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(Photo: Rusty Jarrett / NKP)

The midway point of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has come and gone.  With its yearly NASCAR broadcast schedule drawing to a close, FOX’s analysts have kicked off their end-of-year predictions and begun to share their thoughts about who will reach the championship race this November at Homestead-Miami Speedway. While nobody should be …

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Up to Speed: A New Challenge for Old Teammates

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

In 2014, Kevin Harvick left his longtime home at Richard Childress Racing for an opportunity to drive for his old pal, Tony Stewart.  Three years later, another familiar face showed up at Stewart-Haas Racing in Clint Bowyer. Harvick and Bowyer had been teammates before.  Back in 2006, Bowyer joined RCR’s Cup Series lineup as a …

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Up to Speed: Kurt Busch Building Job Security at Stewart-Haas Racing

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Stewart-Haas Racing did not come away with the victory at Pocono Raceway on Sunday (June 3).  However, the team’s drivers have maintained a high level of performance they are carrying with them straight into summer. Kevin Harvick leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with five wins through 14 races.  Clint Bowyer earned a victory …

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Up to Speed: Jimmie Johnson Faces NASCAR Changes

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

For most of his NASCAR career, Jimmie Johnson has been a picture of stability.  Going all the way back to his first Cup Series start, Johnson has piloted the No. 48 car for Hendrick Motorsports and Lowe’s has sponsored the majority of races for him each year.  Chad Knaus joined the No. 48 team as …

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