Race Weekend Central

Why Does the Elimination System Work for Stick & Ball Sports but Not NASCAR?

Here we are–Monday morning after the race and we’re looking at the fallout of a wildly unpredictable Charlotte weekend. In the XFINITY Series, there were some last second shell games attempted by Austin Dillon to squeeze his little brother above the cut off. I don’t blame Austin, as Ty entered into the Chase seeded fourth after …

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Why a Four-Time Race Winner Fell Out of the Chase

There’s been lots of talk recently about the unfair results that the current Chase format creates.  Indeed, this week we saw the 2016 sweetheart, Martin Truex, Jr. and likely Homestead competitor Brad Keselowski both slip out of the top 8 after their engines detonated during Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega. It doesn’t feel right that …

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Don’t Be Hasty to Judge: That Was the Daytona 500 You Watched

After the green-and-white checkered flags dropped twice and our traditional black-and-white model flew over the No. 41 of Kurt Busch’s Ford Fusion on Sunday evening, NASCAR nation sat back and started handing down their decisions on the effectiveness of the new 2017 segmented format and points system for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. If …

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If a Tree Falls in a Forest…

Monday’s Food City 500 in Bristol actually managed to elicit a cry of excitement from me as I watched the closing laps tick down at the end of Monday afternoon.  Kyle Larson was dinged for speeding exiting pit road during the second to last caution, placing him at the tail end of the field on …

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Daytona is an Amazing Show: Is It Actually a Race?

On Saturday night, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. added his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup win to his resume by taking the black and white checkered flag for the Coke Zero 400. We enjoyed three-wide racing that resulted in 33 lead changes, but also generated 10 cautions for wrecks and spins.  That all sounds like a typical …

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Talent or Luck: How the Top NASCAR Teams Determine the Fate of Drivers on the Rise

Sometimes life does give you a second chance. In 2015 a relatively unknown name to NASCAR Nation and started in five Cup races and finished all of them with an average finish 37.0. Stats wise that was entirely unremarkable and our Sunday coverage team blinked and turned away. However, the driver wasn’t done and picked …

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