Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Is Hendrick Motorsports Finally On The Upswing?

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Is Hendrick Motorsports on their way back to the top tier, or was their showing at Texas a one-time thing? Bryan Gable: It is best not to read too much into one race.  Just a few weeks ago, we were talking about how Hendrick Motorsports had zero top fives through the first five races of …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Should NASCAR Alter Pit Road Penalties in Any Way?

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Last season, there was much debate about who the best team in NASCAR was. This season, it is safe to say there are two frontrunners, with Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske. The two teams have combined to win the first seven races of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. There have been other …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas

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The Headline(s): Denny Hamlin overcame a characteristic pair of pit road penalties and missing a pit road approach under green with a stellar late-race pit stop. That got him out front, where he beat Clint Bowyer by more than two seconds. Hamlin scored his second win of 2019 and the 52nd NASCAR national series win …

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Aric Almirola On Auto Club: The Fans Got Their Money’s Worth … For A Few Laps At Least

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Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway was a struggle for many of the drivers in the field. It was a struggle for Aric Almirola, but he was able to break through and earn a strong ninth-place finish. Almirola started the race from third and led some laps during the early portion of the race. With …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Aric Almirola Talks New Aero Package, Group Qualifying, Chaotic Restarts

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Aric Almirola discuss the new aerodynamic package that was displayed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and how it led to wild restarts and a peculiar qualifying session last Friday (March 1). Almirola states the race was exciting, and that’s what he enjoys as a …

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Odds & Ends: TicketGuardian 500

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The biggest debate among NASCAR fans and media was typical: Was Las Vegas a good race? Over the years, one thing is for sure, whenever that question arises, we are not likely to see the race we just saw featured on a NASCAR Classics presentation down the road. The Pennzoil 400 wasn’t a horrible race …

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Frontstretch Podcast: David Ragan Discusses New Aero Package at Atlanta

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In the latest edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and David Ragan discuss the partial new aerodynamic package that was displayed at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend, one which landed the No. 38 car of Ragan a 16th-place finish. Ragan states in the interview that the racing is closer together and restarts will be …

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Aric Almirola Scores First Pole Since 2012 in Atlanta

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Aric Almirola scored his first pole since 2012 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Friday evening at the Atlanta Motor Speedway for this weekend’s race.  He posted a lap speed of 181.473 mph and will start beside Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Almirola not only scored his first pole in seven years, but it is …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Previewing the Daytona 500

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In a special edition of the Frontstretch Podcast,  Dustin Albino, Tom Bowles, Michael Massie and Mike Neff  break down the weekend of racing thus far at Daytona International Speedway. We discuss redemption stories in Austin Hill and Michael Annett grabbing their first-career victory in the Gander Outdoors Truck and Xfinity Series’. But the primary focus is on the …

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Aric Almirola Welcoming Pressure in Daytona 500 Redemption Pursuit

Aric Almirola is looking for redemption from his Daytona 500 heartbreak last season, falling one mile short of victory. (Photo/Davey Segal)

One more mile and it all could have been so different. Aric Almirola‘s heartbreak in last year’s Daytona 500 will be played in highlight reels forever — on the wrong side of history, as they say. One would think a sour taste would still resonate almost 365 days later. But he’s over it. “I don’t …

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