Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice?: Exciting Racing & Good Sportsmanship Are Not Mutually Exclusive?

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Did You Notice? … how gracefully Kyle Larson accepted defeat? From erasing a more than three-second deficit to coming within striking distance, only to smack the wall, lose momentum and get another shot at Kyle Busch with some help from lap traffic, the driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet did everything he could to score …

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5 Points to Ponder: A Fresh Start For Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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ONE: #WelcomeDaleJr Away from actual on-track action at Chicagoland Speedway this past weekend, the big story of NBC’s return to lead broadcasting duties was the addition of a certain ex-driver to the team in the booth. As you may very well have heard, perhaps just in passing, the 15-time-straight Most Popular Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. swapped …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Wins Street Fight With Kyle Larson on Final Lap in Chicago

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Who’s in the headline Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson are in the headline for producing a fantastic finish to the Overton’s 400. Larson slid into the side of Busch and bounced him off of the wall in Turns 1 and 2. Busch returned the favor to Larson which resulted in a huge slide through Turn …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the Overton’s 400

Kyle Busch (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Even on a team, it’s easy to point fingers and let a setback outweigh performance.  Sometimes the setback is even the team’s own fault, or as in Clint Bowyer’s case, purely driver error. A pit road speeding penalty mushroomed for Bowyer as he drew a second penalty while …

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Pace Laps: Beating the Heat at Chicagoland Speedway

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Aric Almirola’s Stellar Run Derailed Lost in the excitement of the race finish in which Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson used every inch of the track – and each other – in an epic last-lap battle is Aric Almirola’s stellar run. For the first time since Daytona, the driver of …

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Did You Notice?: 10 NASCAR Winners in 10 Races? It’s Possible

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Did You Notice? … The fab foursome of Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer were at it again? Sonoma saw them 1-2-3-4 for most of the race; they would have finished that way if not for late-race pit stops designed to try and win. In the end, they’ve won 14 of 16 …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Right Turns Ahead, All Else as Usual

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Road-course racing is a lot like baseball. Things happen, eventually, but those moments of excitement are few and far between. At Sonoma Raceway this weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers took on the first of three road courses this season, and to the surprise of basically no one, Martin Truex Jr. led the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Stomps Sonoma Competition

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Martin Truex Jr. has proven he knows how to road race with wins at both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series road courses on the schedule. Sunday, (June 24) he made it back-to-back thanks to a victory at Sonoma after taking the win at Watkins Glen last year. That gives him three …

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Aric Almirola on 2018 Performance, New Team: ‘We’re All Hungry’

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The first four months to the 2018 season have been dream-like for Stewart-Haas Racing. But no one may be riding that high more than newcomer Aric Almirola. Almirola, 34, is coming off six seasons with Richard Petty Motorsports where he picked up his lone victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona in 2014. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick & Kyle Busch Top NASCAR Off Week 2 Retrospective

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Who’s in the headline The most dominant car of the season has been the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick. Harvick has five wins along with the All-Star Race this season. Kyle Busch has four race victories and is the current points leader by 75 over Harvick. Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer have two wins …

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