NASCAR Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

NASCAR Sprint Cup cars race at KEntucky Speedway in the Quaker State 400.

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? On a night where a lack of pre-race practice with …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Daytona No 88

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Restrictor-plate racing is definitely a skill in itself, and this …

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Did You Notice? Unpredictable Plates, Flagging & Quick Hits

Sprint Unlimited 2015 Daytona 3 Mike Neff

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Did You Notice? There’s rarely any rhyme or reason to plate racing? Only three top-10 finishers from last July’s Coke Zero 400 went back-to-back in February’s Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin, Casey Mears and Clint Bowyer. Of those three, only Hamlin has had a successful season, clinching a Chase bid early in the year at Martinsville. Mears …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Edition

2015 Sonoma CUP Kyle Busch racing behind CIA

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The first of the two road-course stops took place this weekend for the Sprint Cup series and as has been the case the last few years, it provided some of the best and closest racing we see during the whole season. It also provided us with a couple of hot tempers, so it’s all part …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR’s Small Teams & Sonoma Longshots

2014 Sonoma CUP Jamie McMurray car CIA

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Did You Notice? … Sonoma is a track capable of producing a surprise winner? There have been 10 winners in the last 10 Sprint Cup races there, the perfect mix of David and Goliath. For every Jeff Gordon on that list, there’s a Juan Pablo Montoya. For every Kyle Busch, there’s a Martin Truex Jr. It …

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NASCAR Driver Report Cards: Part III

2015 Dover I CUP Tony Stewart car CIA

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So you might remember a few weeks ago when I graded the Sprint Cup full-timers through Driver Report Cards… and promptly stopped at the letter K. No, I don’t have a weird idea of what the alphabet should be, nor am I protesting the use of the letters L through Z. The third part just …

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Number Crunching: 2015 FedEx 400 NASCAR Fantasy Breakdown

2015 Dover I CUP Kevin HArvick car CIA

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It sure was an interesting finish to the race last week. The driver with the best car at the end, Martin Truex Jr., ended up fifth despite being the class of the field in the last 200 laps. Fuel mileage came into play, jumbling the final finishing order for the 600 and that made Fantasy …

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Happy But Not Satisfied: Casey Mears & Germain Racing Writing a New Chapter

2015 Charlotte I CUP Casey Mears CIA

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Racing is never easy. It’s especially not easy when you qualify 34th for one of the season’s biggest races when you know — when everyone knows — you should be better than that. When you are better than that. Which is why Casey Mears is a little frustrated before the Coca-Cola 600. His No. 13 …

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The Frontstretch 5: Lessons Learned at Charlotte

2015 Charlotte I CUP green flag credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, drivers and storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy has some lessons learned at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 1. There are some …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

2015 Charlotte I CUP Brad Keselowski Kyle Busch Joey Logano three wide credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race?  Anyone would forgive a driver if it took him a …

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