NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Daytona 500: Final Thoughts Heading In


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The Cup Series technically has kicked off the 2017 season already thanks to the awarding of points in the Duels on Thursday evening. The biggest race of the season looms on the horizon at 2:00 Eastern Sunday and there are a handful of things weighing on everyone’s mind. Cars have raced in anger twice already, …

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David Ragan Leading On & Off the Racetrack

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Many things have changed in recent years for David Ragan. Swapping race teams, adapting to different crew chiefs and starting a family has made for a busier lifestyle for the Georgia native. 2016 is Ragan’s first season with BK Racing, an organization that is trying to build resources to become a super team. On paper, …

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Denny Hamlin Expels Sonoma Demons With Watkins Glen Win

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For Denny Hamlin, the wait for NASCAR’s a return to a road course must have seemed like an eternity. While it was ultimately lost in the story of Tony Stewart’s triumphant comeback, Hamlin’s collapse in the final turn at Sonoma Raceway cost the Daytona 500 champion a chance to claim his first road course victory …

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Pocono Win Has Yet to Sink in for Chris Buescher

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Four days following Chris Buescher‘s rain-shortened victory at Pocono Raceway, he took to the twist and turns of Watkins Glen International for the first laps since his triumph on Monday. Leading 12 laps at Pocono, the only laps the No. 34 car has been out front this season, Buescher upset a lot of teams chances of …

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Photo Finish in Phoenix Conserves NASCAR’s Early Season Momentum

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For the second time in four races, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series set a record for the closest finish at a track. This time, Kevin Harvick outlasted Carl Edwards at Phoenix International Raceway by the same .010-second gap that separated Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex, Jr. in the season-opening Daytona 500. If you listened closely, …

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Full Throttle: New Rules Painting NASCAR into a Tight Corner

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Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Friday, at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR distributed rulebook changes designed to specifically categorize personal conduct violations. The intent would seem to be curbing any activities that might shine a disparaging light on the sport. While it is a noble concept in theory, providing little change in NASCAR’s philosophy its unintended consequences could cause a negative impact long-term. …

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Full Throttle: Time to Change How NASCAR Does Plate Racing

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

To say the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is going through a change heading into 2016 is an understatement. The charter system, reduced field size, the overtime line and the low downforce package are all creating quite a bit of upheaval heading into the year. But one thing that hasn’t changed for the last four years …

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Context, Consistency & Dangerous Precedents

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Context can be a dangerous word but it is a word that is quintessentially appropriate to the asinine punishment meted out to Matt Kenseth by the powers that be. From all points across the NASCAR diaspora, the instantaneous reaction to Kenseth’s punishment after his wreck with Joey Logano last weekend was one of shock and …

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With Clint Bowyer Penalty, NASCAR Sets a Precedent

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The hope Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip Racing had any hopes of advancing past the Contender Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup took a significant shot on Wednesday when the team lost its appeal of penalties for an illegal suspension piece confiscated at Chicagoland Speedway. MWR had the option of making a final …

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