Race Weekend Central

4 Burning Questions: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hasn’t Won At Darlington?

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This week, the Motor Racing Network announced that they would be sponsoring the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway, as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. Motor Racing Network to Celebrate 50 Years of MRN with @Spire77 @TooToughToTame STORY: https://t.co/VKyu6iPjxV#NASCARThrowback | #ItsBoTime | #AskMRN pic.twitter.com/TFdSjSUbgn — Motor Racing Network (@MRNRadio) August 28, 2019 …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ways NASCAR Should Really Throw it Back

Darlington Raceway sunset in 2018, NKP

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NASCAR’s throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway is one of the most popular races on the schedule thanks to the paint schemes that echo times past. Since being restored to its traditional Labor Day weekend date, the Southern 500 has given fans a reminder of what once was. But what if NASCAR was to return to …

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4 Burning Questions: Why Does IndyCar Keep Tempting Fate?

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Why does the NTT IndyCar Series go to Pocono Raceway? No, really. Can somebody give me a good answer to this? I understand that IndyCar has a legacy of staging races in the Northeast (which is layman’s terms for saying, “muh tradition”). If this is the case, why doesn’t IndyCar return to Watkins Glen International? …

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4 Burning Questions: What Does the Cup Playoff Picture Look Like?

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Who will end Saturday night on top of the roof in victory lane? The Busch brothers have won the last four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch will be going for his sixth win at the half-mile oval, while Kyle Busch is looking for his ninth, which would tie …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Anybody Spoil the Truck Playoffs?

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Who will make it into the 2019 Truck series playoffs? This week’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway will be the final race of the regular season. Seven drivers have either clinched positions in the eight-driver field or will clinch by starting the race. Ross Chastain, Brett Moffitt, Johnny Sauter, Stewart …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Jimmie Johnson’s New Crew Chief be Successful?

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Will Jimmie Johnson improve his results following a crew chief change? After finishing 15th last weekend at the Pocono Raceway, Jimmie Johnson is in serious danger of missing the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs for the first time in his career. Johnson is currently 17th in the point standings, 12 points away from the two drivers …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Gander RV 400

Denny Hamlin takes the checkered flag at Pocono Raceway, July 2020.

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? With most of the field saving fuel during the final stage, Denny Hamlin passed Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones on lap 142 and hung on to win the Gander RV 400. Hamlin had to survive a surprise overtime finish after Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. …

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4 Burning Questions: The Effect of Eliminating the Arm’s Length Rule

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What will be the effect of eliminating the arm’s length rule? On Wednesday afternoon, NASCAR sent out a competition bulletin announcing the discontinuation of the now-infamous “arm’s length” uncontrolled tire penalty. The penalty had largely been defined for inconsistency. For starters, there wasn’t a lot of policing at standalone Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck series …

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NASCAR 101: An Adventure in the Wonderful World of Loop Data

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Since 2005, following every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, NASCAR has released what it calls loop data to the general public. Loop data is a form of advanced statistics that calculates what position every driver is running at at the conclusion of every lap of the race and who had the fastest lap. NASCAR …

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4 Burning Questions: Does Kurt Busch Really Want To Leave CGR?

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Where’s Kyle Larson goi- oh, wait. .@KyleLarsonRacin is set to return to @CGRTeams' No. 42 Chevrolet next season, per sources, despite some suggestion that he could land elsewhere. ➖ Meanwhile, Larson's teammate, @KurtBusch, remains in negotiations to extend his stay in the No. 1 Chevrolet for 2020. pic.twitter.com/6MZ2J2bWGd — Adam Stern (@A_S12) July 18, 2019 …

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