Race Weekend Central

The 10: Low Downforce, No Problem in Michigan

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Less downforce or not, a lot of the same faces shined bright at Michigan International Speedway. Amid the hype of the rules package changes, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott dominated much of Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 in the Irish Hills of Michigan. Behind them, familiar mainstays from recent weeks filled the top 10, including Kevin …

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The 10: Top Teams After the Tricky Triangle

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After steady rain, brief confusion as to whether Jeff Gordon was back in the No. 24 and a few thousand “sick” days at work, NASCAR and its fans finally got to enjoy 400 miles of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action at Pocono Raceway. In the end, the trick to the Tricky Triangle proved to be fuel …

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The 10: Colorado Beatdown in Charlotte

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Wow. What else can you say after a dominating performance like Martin Truex, Jr.’s record-breaking beatdown of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field in the Coca-Cola 600? One year removed from a heartbreaking loss in NASCAR’s longest race to Carl Edwards on fuel mileage, Truex and his Furniture Row Racing team left no doubt who …

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The 10: All Stars and Wrecked Cars

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Is anyone else still confused? Our writers certainly were after one of the wildest All-Star races in recent memory. From infield puddles to control booth blunders, the new format for the race led to one of the most exciting – if mind-numbing – nights in NASCAR history. With so many of our contributors still scratching …

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The 10: Masters of the Monster Mile

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 The big crashes from Talladega Superspeedway and Dover International Speedway – and Martin Truex, Jr.’s bad luck – have continued to crop up in recent weeks. This time, both came at once, as Jimmie Johnson lost his transmission, causing a pileup that swung both Truex’s day and these power rankings into a complete different direction. With …

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The 10: NASCAR Power Rankings Pre-Monster Mile

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 Saturday was an interesting night at Kansas Speedway. Martin Truex, Jr. dominated nearly the entire race just to fall victim to circumstances outside of his control once again. Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski threw their races away going for broke in the late stages. Ryan Blaney drove the kind of consistent, impressive race that the …

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The 10: Talladega Twister Shuffles Sprint Cup Rankings

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 You’ll have to forgive our writers in advance for focusing more on past history rather than the final result of Sunday’s attrition-filled GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway for this week’s Power Rankings. Who can blame them? With 35 of the 40 cars involved in some sort of incident, Talladega was less skill-based pack driving and more …

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The 10: Bristol Bump and Won

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Beatin’ and bangin’, hootin’ and hollerin’, bump and runnin’ and celebrating with the fans? Why, the past few weeks of short track NASCAR action have been classic. Dare I say it? One might even call it quintessential. The driver to fare better than anyone after it all was Carl Edwards. Cousin Carl took advantage of …

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The 10: Riding the High Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway

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Love it or hate it, Bristol was a day of many storylines. From drivers like Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth struggling through tire issues to underdogs like Matt DiBenedetto and Trevor Bayne seizing the moment for surprising finishes, Sunday’s Food City 500 had more twists and turns than the Tennessee mountains. With so many comers …

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The 10: Top Guns After Texas

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After 500 miles – and a few extra hours — of racing (thanks, rain) little change occurred at the top of the Power Rankings. With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field starting to get into the meat of the 2016 schedule, the best teams in the series are beginning to establish themselves, and with that, positions …

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