Race Weekend Central

2-Headed Monster: Should the Lower-Low Downforce Package Run Full-Time in 2017?

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Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 was more than just a dream come true for Kyle Larson, it was also the final test run for the Sprint Cup Series in the proposed 2017 rules package. Coming off of previous years at Michigan International Speedway that saw drivers running nearly flat-out around the two-mile oval, the lessened downforce …

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Did You Notice? … Dale Earnhardt Jr. Still in the Top 25 Despite Long Absence

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did you notice? … Dale Earnhardt Jr. is still within the top 25 in points even though he has only run 18 of 24 races? He currently sits 22nd in the standings, ahead of 11 drivers who have made every race this season. Peers he’s currently beating? Paul Menard, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer, all …

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2-Headed Monster- Does Ty Dillon Deserve a Full-Time Cup Ride?

Photo: Zach Catanzareti

“I’m ready to make that step (into the Sprint Cup Series). I feel confident as a driver that I can go and compete inside the top 10, top 15 in the Sprint Cup Series if I get a full-time gig.” Those words were spoken by Ty Dillon prior to the XFINITY Series Food City 300 …

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Double Take: Hendrick Motorsports’ Toyota Coup

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

With William Byron announcing he’ll be racing for JR Motorsports in 2017, it sent shockwaves through the sport. Few expected this, Byron jumping ship from Kyle Busch Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing. He seemed on pace to become the next Erik Jones, following his slightly older teammate into Cup via JGR or a Toyota alliance. But …

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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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2-Headed Monster: How Will Erik Jones Fare in His Rookie Season?

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

One of the worst-kept secrets of the season was officially revealed on Sunday when Furniture Row Racing announced that Erik Jones would be moving to Sprint Cup full-time in 2017. Jones, a Joe Gibbs Racing development driver, will move to JGR’s satellite operation in 2017, driving the No. 77 Toyota as a teammate to Martin Truex, Jr. For …

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Double Take: A Chris Buescher-Inspired ‘Where Are They Now?’

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When Chris Buescher was declared the winner of the Pennsylvania 400 on Monday, he joined an elite list of drivers as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner. He is the 185th different winner in Cup history, and his win was the fourth ever for the No. 34, his car number. In honor of Buescher’s first-ever …

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2-Headed Monster: Can Chris Buescher Crack the Top 30 in Points?

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It’s not a secret that Mother Nature likes to throw a monkey wrench in NASCAR. Rain has played a big role in the sport over the years, and the sport has even seen snow delays. Wind, lightning, and fog have also delayed of races, and last weekend’s events at Pocono included a bit of all …

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2-Headed Monster: Who’s the Title Favorite: Kyle Busch or Brad Keselowski?

(Photo: Jerry Jordan, Frontstretch)

Seven past champions are racing full-time in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and from the looks of it, one of them will take the title when the checkered flag falls at Homestead in November. Cup champs Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson have combined to …

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Double Take: 22 Hendrick Drivers Played Part in Getting to 1,000 Top 5s

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

You may have heard that Hendrick Motorsports is just one top 5 away from 1,000 in the Sprint Cup. Just take a moment and let that sink in: Hendrick Motorsports has placed a driver in the top 12.5 percent of the field on 999 occasions. Its most-accomplished driver, Jeff Gordon, has only raced 797 races in …

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