Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: What Do You Expect from the Newly Renovated ISM Raceway?

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

1. NASCAR admitted it made a mistake when Jimmie Johnson was told he had to start at the rear of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway after failing post-race inspection twice. Should NASCAR have made an attempt to correct the situation during the race, and what could it have done? …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Run a Mid-Week Cup Race?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last-lap contact from Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race left Martin Truex Jr rather unhappy. Does the fact that there was a spot in the Championship 4 on the line change the way drivers should race each other for a win? Zach Gillispie: I sure hope not. The opportunity to …

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Why Toyota Has a Youth Problem — & Chevrolet Is Capitalizing on It

So where does Christopher Bell fit in with Toyota's plans? (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It may be hard to believe, but Toyota has been a manufacturer in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for over a decade. Veteran drivers including Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. have made Toyota a consistently winning manufacturer. However, as NASCAR continues to look toward the future by marketing itself on young drivers, …

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Friday Faceoff: Are the Big Three Still the Big Three At All?

The Big 3 haven't been more than the Average 3 so far in the playoffs (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. The so-called Big Three of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series have only won one of the past nine races after claiming 17 of the first 23. Are they still the championship favorites, or has someone else moved to the front of the pack? Zach Gillispie: The Big Three have surprisingly stalled out in …

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