Race Weekend Central

4 Burning Questions: New Rules, New Faces and Potential Upset Victors

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How will the new rules package affect the racing this weekend at Michigan? NASCAR has ruled that all teams will be running with the 2017 rules package this weekend at Michigan. It is not the first race for the new, even lower downforce package however; the tiny spoiler has been used in the All-Star race, in …

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McDowell, Marks Fastest In Road America Xfinity Practices

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Michael McDowell, making his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start since 2014, was the fastest in the opening round of practice at Road America with a lap at 108.847 mph. McDowell, usually the Cup driver for Leavine Family Racing’s No. 95 Chevrolet, is moonlighting as an RCR Xfinity driver this week. McDowell has never won a …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Race in the Rain?

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We’ve seen the XFINITY Series race in the rain before, but Saturday’s race at Mid-Ohio was on a whole ‘nother level. Drivers spun out left and right, others fought non-working windshield wipers, and still others made pit stops and put on slicks hoping that when the rain ended they could zoon out to the lead. When all was said …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Road Courses That Once Had Cup Races

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NASCAR has never visited many road courses in its near 70-year history. In fact, archival website Racing Reference has recorded only 11 road courses ever visited for the Sprint Cup Series, and there hasn’t been a new one since 1989. Think about that: almost 30 years of racing at just the same two tracks, once a …

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Frontstretch 5: SPEED TV Shows FS1 Should Bring Back

1. SPEED Center SPEED Center was a studio show hosted by Adam Alexander. Unlike NASCAR Race Hub, SPEED Center focused on motorsports from around the world, not just NASCAR. Panels from the show included names such as Ricky Rudd, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Ray Evernham. There would also be occasional updates from in-studio when other …

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Sam Hornish, Jr., Blake Koch Keep Fastest In XFINITY Practices In Iowa

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2016 in the Xfinity Series has been absolutely dominated by Joe Gibbs Racing. JGR has won twelve of the eighteen races ran so far this season and its drivers have led over 1800 points. However, Friday’s practices at Iowa showed that the Toyota team’s complete domination over the series may be fading a bit. Practice One …

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Toyotas Fast In Opening New Hampshire 301 Practice

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Toyota started the Sprint Cup weekend off with three of their cars posting the fastest three laps in the lone practice session at New Hampshire on Friday. Martin Truex, Jr. was the fastest at 28.517 seconds (133.562 mph). The hot lap came in the final couple of minutes in the practice session during a mock …

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NASCAR 101: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Season Isn’t Over

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will be missing the race at New Hampshire this weekend due to concussion symptoms. But thankfully for members of Junior Nation, not all hope is lost. Sure, Earnhardt is currently 13th in points before missing any races, but NASCAR history is littered with stories of drivers coming back from injury just as good, …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Plate Racing the Best Form of Racing?

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What makes for great racing? Is it close-quarters beatin’ and bangin’? A mix of strategy and engineering? How about fuel mileage? Is that too slow? Then how about pure, unadulterated speed? Short tracks, road courses, intermediates, plate races: is any one type of track more conducive to great racing? Based on television numbers, it would …

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