NASCAR Race Weekend Central

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Does Better, Still Best At Bristol

Top Dog Being the top underdog each week can be a funny thing. Take for example Front Row Motorsports’ NASCAR Cup Series driver Michael McDowell. McDowell earned the proverbial best in class award for the second consecutive race at Bristol Motor Speedway last Saturday, Sept. 19, by finishing 10th. However, …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Ryan Blaney Already Too Far Behind?

Ryan Blaney was the biggest title contender to have a bad weekend at Darlington. Richmond is one of his worst tracks on the circuit. Has he lost his shot at advancing to the Round of 12? Luken Glover: I wouldn’t rule him out just yet. He has found more speed at …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Rides Again In Darlington

Top Dog Michael McDowell spent numerous weeks being highlighted in this category earlier in the season, as he and his Front Row Motorsports teammate John Hunter Nemechek divided most of the top finishes between themselves. Lately, things have taken a less favorable turn. Coming into Sunday’s event at Darlington Raceway, …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Cup Driver Is the Best Available Free Agent?

While there is little debate about which open NASCAR Cup Series ride is the best, which free agent driver do you think is the best long-term prospect? Luken Glover: There are a solid list of guys, such as Erik Jones, Corey LaJoie and Bubba Wallace. While Jones is a very desirable talent, …

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Friday Faceoff: Should the Regular Season End at Daytona?

What do you think of having the NASCAR Cup Series regular season ending at a superspeedway? Zach Gillispie: Superspeedways are equivalent to 2020, in a sense; both involve drama, chaos, and a whole lot of uncertainty.  While the events of the current calendar year have flipped the racing world upside down, …

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The Underdog House: Double the Dover Ups and Dover Downs

Top Dog Two races in two days at Dover is one of those things I never thought I’d see. Dover races used to be 500-mile-long, grueling affairs that would leave half the field on the verge of passing out from exhaustion. But the largely abbreviated 311-mile versions that we saw …

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Pato O’Ward Fastest in Carb Day Practice

Patricio O'Ward

The hopefuls who will chase glory this weekend took to the track for Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the final chance to practice and make adjustments for the Indianapolis 500. Pato O’Ward paced the field with a 224.646-mph lap in the final shakedown before Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. The Arrow …

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Friday Faceoff: Where Will Bubba Wallace Race in 2021?

Kaz Grala finished seventh in his NASCAR Cup Series debut last weekend. Was it a fluke, or has Grala been severely underrated? Jesse Johnston: Do I believe it was a fluke? Absolutely. As historic as that feat was, I am not convinced that any of Kaz Grala‘s good results at Daytona …

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