Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Are the Toyotas Peaking Too Soon?

The Coca-Cola 600 was among a handful of races to get poor reviews from fans, the majority of which have been night races.  Is it time for NASCAR to reconsider night racing on the schedule? Mark Howell, Senior Writer: If NASCAR wants to develop an audience of younger fans, tit needs to begin by attracting …

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Eyes on XFINITY: NASCAR’s Blended Schedules

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It is hard to believe that this weekend’s race at Pocono Raceway is the first ever for the XFINITY Series. The triangular track nestled in the Pennsylvania hills is not a late arrival to the NASCAR party. The Sprint Cup Series has hosted at least one event at Pocono every year since 1974. The Truck …

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Pace Laps: Martin Truex, Jr.’s Treasure and Ty Dillon’s Title Hunt

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Sprint Cup: Treasured Trophy for Martin Truex, Jr. – From top to bottom, Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 was one for the record books thanks to Martin Truex, Jr. The Furniture Row Racing driver broke long-standing NASCAR records as he led the most miles ever in a race [588 of 600], the most laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway [392 …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Late Opportunity Leads Hamlin to Victory

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Just when it looked like a pit road penalty had cost Denny Hamlin his opportunity to win Saturday’s XFINITY Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a late pit stop enabled him to have another chance.  After getting four new tires in the pits, Hamlin lined up sixth for an overtime restart.  The fresh rubber carried …

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Friday Faceoff: What Should NASCAR Change About the All-Star Race?

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The All-Star Race was met with mixed reactions. Should NASCAR try the same format next season or opt for one that’s easier to understand? Dustin Albino, Contributor: The concept was good, but the execution was awful. If it weren’t for Jamie McMurray cutting his tire causing a caution, I don’t think we would be having …

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Eyes on XFINITY: The Case for a Longer Race

during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 200 at Dover International Speedway on October 3, 2015 in Dover, Delaware.

Memorial Day Weekend is a motorsports fan’s dream.  Sunday alone features three major races for fans to enjoy.  NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series will host the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the sport’s longest race.  Formula 1 holds its marquee event, the Grand Prix of Monaco, on Sunday morning.  The biggest event, however, will be …

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Pace Laps: Tony Stewart’s All-Star Race Ends in Flames, Kaulig Racing Running Strong and Doug Coby Searching for Third Straight Whelen Modified Tour Title

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Sprint Cup: Back to the Old Tony Stewart. As they say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire – As Tony Stewart was collected in a crash in Saturday’s Sprint All-Star Race, the veteran driver making his final appearance in the non-points event gave the NASCAR world another piece of stimulating commentary on his way out the door …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s the Next First-Time Winner?

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The new aero package seemed to work fantastically at Dover while it was not very successful at Kansas. NASCAR is continuing to work on the downforce on these cars. Should NASCAR keep making small adjustments or is it time for a big swing at change? Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: If NASCAR takes a big swing, …

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Eyes on XFINITY: JR Motorsports on the Rise?

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In recent weeks, a stronger sense of parity appears to be emerging in the XFINITY Series. Thanks to Kyle Busch spending a few weeks away from NASCAR’s second-tier division, some new faces have had the opportunity to reach victory lane.  Erik Jones has notched two wins in the last five races, one of which came …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Erik Jones Defeats the Monster Mile

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Despite being skeptical about his chances of winning, Erik Jones raced to victory for the second time in 2016.  Jones drove away from the field following a restart with five laps to go and picked up his first XFINITY Series victory at Dover International Speedway in the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 200.  The win is Jones’ …

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