Race Weekend Central

Up to Speed: No More Road Course Favorites

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Kevin Harvick is no stranger to Victory Lane. He was a fixture there this weekend at Sonoma Raceway, winning both the K&N Pro Series West race on Saturday and the Monster Energy Series race on Sunday.  Yet the Cup victory was Harvick’s first ever at Sonoma in NASCAR’s top series, and it came 11 years after …

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Up to Speed: Pit Strategies Shake Up Michigan Race

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Race strategy could be more important in 2017 than it has ever been in NASCAR.  The implementation of stage racing has created opportunities for crew chiefs to get creative with pit stop decisions and overall plans for each race. Up to this point, the significance of strategy has been most apparent in the early stages …

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Friday Faceoff: Will Young Guns Bring Young Fans to NASCAR?

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Ryan Blaney was the latest young gun to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this past weekend.  As the guard changes in the sport to the younger generation of drivers, will the new faces bring new fans? Bryan Gable: I’m cautiously optimistic with the next generation of drivers.  It’s good that some of …

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Up to Speed: Ryan Blaney Wins the Hard Way

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Winning does not come easily in NASCAR. It did not for Ryan Blaney at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.  It has not come easily for Wood Brothers Racing over the last decade or two.  Yet the newest winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series delivered NASCAR’s oldest team to Victory Lane one more time. Blaney’s victory …

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Friday Faceoff: What to Do with the Overtime Line?

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1. The teams of both Kyle Busch and Chase Briscoe received heavy penalties after Dover International Speedway, including suspensions of crew chiefs, tire carriers and tire changers after each had a wheel fall off in completion.  Did NASCAR make the right call? Amy Henderson: Yes. The rulebook is pretty specific in this area, and NASCAR was …

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Up to Speed: How Much Will Kyle Larson’s Near-Misses Matter?

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Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway ended with a familiar sight: Jimmie Johnson in Victory Lane.  In addition, the race offered another common result during the 2017 season: Kyle Larson finished second. Larson is in the midst of a career year.  Through the first 13 races, he has one win, six top …

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Friday Faceoff: Are Kasey Kahne’s Cup Days Numbered?

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After the Coca-Cola 600, should NASCAR consider adding an extra stage or otherwise giving more points for a few select races, such as the Daytona 500 and Southern 500, to make the sport’s most prestigious races its most important? Michael Massie: I would love stage racing to death if the breaks between stages were not …

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Up to Speed: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Series Challenge”

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Earlier this week, the NASCAR Hall of Fame announced the five members of its ninth class, to be inducted in January 2018.  The five inductees are Robert Yates, Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ken Squier, and Ron Hornaday.  The 2018 class is typical in that it reflects some consensus picks and maybe one or two surprises, …

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Friday Faceoff: Will a Mid-Season Crew Chief Change Help Austin Dillon?

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The latest NASCAR Hall of Fame Class was announced Wednesday (May 24) and includes Red Byron, Robert Yates, Ray Evernham, Ken Squier and Ron Hornaday Jr.  Opinions? Michael Massie: All five legends — and all of the nominees — deserve to be in the HoF. Byron and Squier should have already been in. I know …

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Up to Speed: Stage Racing Makes All-Star Event Just Another Race

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Finding the right formula for NASCAR’s All-Star Race has been a moving target for the last several years.  However, Saturday night’s event has presented NASCAR with a new problem.  The All-Star Race felt entirely too ordinary. To NASCAR’s credit, the sanctioning body did throw a few new twists at its top competitors.  The most intriguing …

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