Race Weekend Central

Kickin’ the Tires: Wrong Decision Not to Red-Flag Race Sooner

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With laps winding down in the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and heavy rain in the distance, NASCAR was faced with a tough decision on whether to red-flag the race at Bristol Motor Speedway with roughly 15 laps to go or try to clean the track quickly under yellow and get back to …

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Tech Talk: With Jason Ratcliff for the Last Great Colosseum & Trying to Make Advances Without Testing

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With Joe Gibbs Racing coming off of a victory at Martinsville for Denny Hamlin and a top-five finish for Matt Kenseth, the organization was ready to get back to its winning ways at a mile-and-a-half track. But when the checkered flag flew over Texas, only one of its four teams finished in the top 10, and …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Duck Commander 500 at Texas

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Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway might have foreshadowed the battle for the 2015 Sprint Cup championship between Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick. It was a riveting battle for the win in the final 15 laps. And if Harvick didn’t push his car a bit too far and scrape the wall, it might have been an …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Tires, Mexico & Cup Sponsorship?

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It’s Bristol week baby! Just when things on-track might be getting a little dull in terms of the aggressive driving and driver battles, we’ll see some short-track action from the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, Bristol Motor Speedway. This past week’s winner, Jimmie Johnson, and crew chief Chad Kanus, have been just OK at Bristol, posting an …

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Carl Edwards, STANLEY Unveil Special Paint Scheme for Texas

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Carl Edwards and STANLEY got together with the Ace Hardware Foundation and the Children’s Miracle Network this morning to unveil a special paint scheme for the No. 19 Toyota for Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The scheme, which features the names of children – one from each state – that are …

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Friday Faceoff: Concerns Surrounding NASCAR Health & Tires

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1) Kyle Larson. Should we be concerned? Are you? Or should we chalk it up as a bizarre health incident? Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Number of times I have passed out without alcohol involved: zero. It is not normal to pass out in the middle of the day, even after scribbling your name a few …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Duck Commander 500 at Texas Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) Since the Sprint Cup series was off this past weekend due to the holidays, it’s just a little more difficult to tell who is hot and who is not. Maybe it should be who hasn’t cooled off after Martinsville. One driver that will continue to be on the favorites list each week is …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Martinsville, Trucks, the RTA & the Off-Weekend

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We’re now six races into the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and what a six-pack of ups and downs it has been for fans and teams alike. Who would have thought that the kind of dominance we’ve seen out of 2014 champion Kevin Harvick would come so early in the season, and that single-car operation Furniture …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville

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It seems, for the time being, that Joe Gibbs Racing is back. JGR cars took three of the top-five finishing positions at Martinsville including David Ragan (fifth), Matt Kenseth (fourth) and winner Denny Hamlin. Carl Edwards finished in 17th position. Hamlin did not lead the most laps, but he led the one that mattered most, …

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Did You Notice? Inside The Debris, Toyota Troubles & Quick Hits

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Did You Notice? The amount of cautions for debris and fluid this season? Yes, of course you have; it’s the topic of the week. But the controversial calls at the end of the Fontana race are nothing new when we look at NASCAR in 2015. Debris, competition and fluid yellows have been thrown at an alarming …

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