Race Weekend Central

Jimmie Johnson’s Legacy Not On His Mind As He Approaches Historic Mark

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Success for Jimmie Johnson is what keeps him going. It makes his humble, happy and proud. What it does not do is provide him much time to think about his legacy in NASCAR. The six-time Sprint Cup Series champion is chasing his seventh title and is looking as strong as ever. His latest triumph at …

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The Earnhardt Legacy

Fans and critics alike are raving this week following Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s return to victory lane at Talladega Superspeedway. An emotional Earnhardt claimed that he felt the win – his sixth at Talladega – added to his father’s legacy. On this week 20 years ago, Dale Earnhardt himself was also adding to his legacy, scoring …

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Jeff Gordon Showing Heart of a Champion in Final Season

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Back in January, when Jeff Gordon announced that 2015 would be his last year competing full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he expressed high hopes for the season that was about to begin. “I’m going to pour everything I have into this season and look forward to the challenge of competing for one …

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Kurt Busch: Why NASCAR Needed to Stand Behind the Suspension

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Thursday morning, Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn declined to bring criminal charges against Kurt Busch in the case involving ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, citing “the admissible evidence and available witnesses would likely be insufficient to meet the burden of establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Busch committed a crime during the Sept. 26 incident.” The …

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Inspection Chaos Casts Shadow Over NASCAR Qualifying Session

Jeff Gordon discusses qualifying inspection issues with fellow drivers Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Photo by Jerry Jordan

Jerry Jordan – KickinTheTires.Net HAMPTON, Ga. – If you missed ‘Inspection-gate’ because you were too focused on finding Travis Kvapil’s stolen No. 44 Sprint Cup Series car so you could score hot passes to every race of the year, there was another issue going on at Atlanta Motor Speedway that needs to be addressed going forward. …

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Too Soon, Too Late: NASCAR Decisions Leave More Questions

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As the sun rises on the biggest day of the racing year, a black cloud already sits on NASCAR’s horizon. For an organization that has a history of either dragging their feet or jumping the gun, those actions converged to create a difficult situation for the sanctioning body just hours before the running of its …

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The Times, They Have a-Changed

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It’s been said that changes in life are inevitable, but come on, NASCAR! First, it was the Gen-6 car as a means by which to improve Sprint Cup competition. Then, it was the win-and-you’re-in, Game Seven redesign of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Next, it was announced that what we’ve known and loved as “souvenir row” …

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Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve for Hendrick Motorsports

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Four cars. Each one of them being fully funded by multi-million dollar companies. But something went very wrong and it wasn’t the new playoff format. A nightmare is probably an understatement for what happened to Hendrick Motorsports during the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Three of their four drivers were eliminated from the Chase after …

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How Charlotte Has Become the Most Important Race in the Chase

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Talladega Superspeedway has always been known as a “wild card” track. Restrictor-plate tracks are known for two-, three-, and even four-wide racing at 200 mph lap after lap. It also makes for surprise winners and big wrecks that can ruin a driver’s bid for a championship. So when NASCAR announced the new 2014 Chase format …

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NASCAR Wildcard Hopefuls a Mixed Bag at 4 Tracks That Will Decide Chase Berths

This weekend, as many as five drivers – Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski – could mathematically clinch their spots inside the top 10, assuming they leave Michigan with at least a 145-point gap over 11th place. But perhaps the more appealing race to keep an eye on is …

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