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Up to Speed: Did NASCAR & INDYCAR Start A New Indy Doubleheader Tradition?

This past weekend, 2020 motorsports around the world slowly moved toward some type of normalcy. NASCAR’s contribution was its first companion event with the NTT IndyCar Series at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  INDYCAR and the NASCAR Xfinity Series used its infield road course for Independence Day events, a first-time …

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Up to Speed: Is the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Field Already Set?

Given how the 2020 NASCAR season has played out so far, the Cup Series playoff has felt like almost an afterthought.  Nevertheless, the Cup Series regular season is almost halfway complete.  Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway was the 12th event of the revised Cup schedule in the midst of the …

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Up to Speed: No Wins, No Concern for Martin Truex Jr. in 2020

Martin Truex Jr. had one of his best NASCAR Cup Series runs this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon (June 7).  Unfortunately for Truex, it did not result in a victory, but the third-place run was his first top five of 2020.  Through the first 10 races, he …

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Up to Speed: Forecasting the NASCAR Future of Chase Briscoe

Chase Briscoe provided what will certainly be a highlight of the 2020 NASCAR season on Thursday evening (May 21).  Briscoe won the weather-delayed NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Darlington Raceway, beating Kyle Busch to the finish line after a last-lap battle that evoked memories of the Ricky Craven / Kurt …

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Up to Speed: Which Drivers Are Likely to Tame Darlington in its 2020 NASCAR Return?

The 2020 NASCAR season, paused for about two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is less than a week away from resuming.  The first two races will be held at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, about a two-hour drive from race shops in the Charlotte area.  They include a 400-mile …

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