NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Rainy Nights Edition

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Sometimes the rain taketh away and sometimes it giveth. Carl Edwards was glad to be on the good side of that precipitation equation in what turned out to be a Sunday night race at Texas Motor Speedway following rain and a slow-drying track. With his victory, Edwards has joined Jimmie Johnson to make up two of …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Carl Edwards Saves Best for Last to Win at Texas

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Who’s in the headline – While Carl Edwards will garner most of the headlines for the weekend, it was Mother Nature who took most of the attention. The race was delayed by five-and-a-half hours due to track drying efforts that seemed to make progress at a snail’s pace. Once the race began, the sun had …

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Up to Speed: Carl Edwards Is Living the Dream, & He’ll Wake Up in Homestead

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Carl Edwards will officially be racing for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a couple of weeks, thanks to a rain shower at the end of a very long day at Texas Motor Speedway. That’s not necessarily fair. Edwards led a total of 36 laps. Though he was definitely not the strongest car, he certainly …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 AAA Texas 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? When the season has been a struggle almost from day one and the best qualifying effort a driver can muster is 31st, it would be easy to write the weekend off as a lost cause.  But for Kasey Kahne at least, the day-to-night switch at Texas worked out well. …

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Carl Edwards Wins Rain-Shortened AAA Texas 500, Advances to Championship 4

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The very thing that kept Carl Edwards out of the Championship 4 in 2015 had his back Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. That thing, of course, was rain. Following a five-hour weather delay to start the afternoon in Texas, the rain returned with 42 laps to go, giving race leader Carl Edwards the race victory. …

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Did You Notice? … The Chase Where Nobody Wrecked

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Did You Notice? … This Chase has been the one where nobody wrecked? We’re on pace for the fewest cautions in the history of NASCAR’s playoff, races decided through a handful of restarts and pit strategy spread out over long green-flag runs. Think back to last year and the title’s defining moments. Joey Logano spins …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Trick or Treat Edition

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

The first race in the third round of the Chase was a bit of a treat for some drivers and teams and maybe a bit of trick for others trying to become one of the four drivers to compete for the title in Homestead later this month. And of course, one of those drivers is …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Jimmie Johnson Sets the Table for a Run at Title Seven with Victory at Martinsville

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

Who’s in the headline – Jimmie Johnson had eight wins at Martinsville Speedway entering this weekend’s activities. While that is an impressive number, he had gone six races without a win and had not finished better than ninth in the last four. The race wasn’t a dominating effort by the No. 48 team, but they …

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Martinsville for 9th Time; Advances to Championship 4

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The Toyota boys were snookered Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Despite leading 374 of 500 laps in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500, Toyota found themselves in the rear view mirror of Jimmie Johnson. Johnson, who passed Denny Hamlin for the lead with 92 laps to go, led the rest of the race as the Joe Gibbs …

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Carl Edwards Hits Wall Hard in Martinsville

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The first significant issue in Sunday’s Goody’s Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway swallowed up a Chaser in Carl Edwards. Running ninth during a green-flag cycle on Lap 357, Edwards cut a right-front tire entering Turn 1, sliding and slamming into the wall. Bringing the damaged No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to the garage, Edwards …

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