NASCAR Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Quaker State 400


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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Cole Custer showed he had the chops to do what it took to win at the Cup level. For Custer, equipment has never been an issue, but his mostly lackluster start to the year raised questions. He put those to rest with an aggressive move to …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Anthony Alfredo Focused on Improving in 2020, Chasing Championship in 2021

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When Anthony Alfredo was an infant, his parents, Rob and Veronica, were fans of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Richard Childress Racing. Fast forward 20 years, and Alfredo is competing for RCR in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.   Last fall when Alfredo interviewed for the vacant part-time ride at RCR, his parents weren’t able to be in …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Might Make a Splash in Top Equipment

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Silly Season 2020 hasn’t really heated up yet. (You could argue that everything about 2020 is Silly Season, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.) It’s a given that at least one top ride will be up for grabs, as Jimmie Johnson said last week he has informed Hendrick Motorsports that he will not …

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NASCAR on FOX Broadcasting Has Been ‘Great’ for Jamie McMurray

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When Jamie McMurray‘s full-time NASCAR career came to a close at the conclusion of the 2018 season, he wanted to remain part of the sport in some capacity. In stepped FOX Sports.  While competing in the NASCAR Cup Series, McMurray would make occasional appearances in the broadcast booth to help call select NASCAR Xfinity Series …

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Future IndyCar-NASCAR Doubleheaders Can’t Leave IndyCar High and Dry


Oliver Askew on pit lane before the 2020 GMR Grand Prix. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

The July 4, 2020 weekend saw motorsport history being made with the introduction of the IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader for the first time in history. While fans and media pundits have been talking about this kind of event for years, the respective differences of both series made it seem like a pipe dream. It did admittedly take …

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The Underdog House: Brick by Brick, McDowell, Front Row Motorsports Continue to Improve


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Top Dog Front Row Motorsports has taken some major steps toward becoming a more competitive team, and this season is showcasing the results of that effort. Michael McDowell rebounded from a last-place finish at Pocono Raceway to earn seventh at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday (July 5). It was his second top 10 in the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis


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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Welcome back to the top five, Matt Kenseth. You have to go back 966 days since he last appeared there, winning at Phoenix Raceway in 2017. It was the penultimate event for Kenseth with Joe Gibbs Racing and his last full-time season in the sport. After …

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Did You Notice?: Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR Brickyard 400 Can’t Run From COVID-19… Or Politics

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Did You Notice?… Jimmie Johnson became the first NASCAR Cup Series driver to test positive for COVID-19? Johnson self-reported the news after getting a test shortly after his wife, Chandra, was suffering from allergy-like symptoms (she’s also tested positive). It’s still unclear how Johnson got the virus even though he’s been taking precautions. “My first priority …

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Friday Faceoff: Did Justin Haley’s Punishment Fit the Crime?

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 Kyle Busch hasn’t scored a single playoff point in 2020 and is winless after 15 races. What’s wrong in Candyland? Erin Campbell: Kyle Busch is already experiencing burnout. He started out this long trek of races running in all series for every race. I feel that Kyle has just been doing too much. He now has …

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Eyes on Xfinity: AJ Allmendinger Having Fun Again, Helping Elevate Kaulig Racing

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Flashback to less than two years ago: AJ Allmendinger was running in the NASCAR Cup Series for JTG Daugherty Racing, finishing 22nd in the championship standings. That was a disappointing ending to his tenure at JTG. Ultimately, Allmendinger believes expectations were set too high, given the equipment he had to work with. His inconsistency at …

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