Race Weekend Central

Pocono Fan Fest Success from All Sides

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Pocono Raceway held it’s first annual NASCAR Fan Fest Friday evening, with several top names in the sport coming out and interacting with the fans. From signing autographs to taking pictures and even pretending to be rap star Eminem, it was a positive experience for most folks in attendance. At the Fest, held at the Infield Block …

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NASCAR 101: International Racers in 2017

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NASCAR is looking for some international flavor, and its diversity program is attempting to sway the sport in a direction similar to the Verizon IndyCar Series. International stock car drivers are rare, and ones with the funding to bring them to America to race in one of NASCAR’s top three series is a feat that’s …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered By DraftKings: Brickyard 400 Preview

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Your latest daily fantasy NASCAR showdown sees cars hit the track on Saturday at 9 a.m. for first practice, and then at 6:15 p.m. for Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Here are …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Need a Win to Make the Playoffs & Can Actually Get One

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There are just seven races left for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers to earn a spot in the season playoffs, and with 11 in on race wins, the competition for the five remaining spots is hot and heavy. A few drivers—Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray—look like they’ll make it in on …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Denny Hamlin Overcomes Crustacean Fear for First Win of 2017 at Loudon

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Who’s in the headline – Joe Gibbs Racing went past the halfway point of the season without a victory. That changed in the first race of the second half as Denny Hamlin took advantage of some strategy calls and track conditions at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to score his first win of the season. Hamlin …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2017 Overton’s 301

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? Daniel Suarez tied a career-high sixth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He ran well inside the top 10 throughout the race and was the top finishing rookie. Suarez is now 20 points behind Erik Jones for the top rookie in the standings, sitting 18th overall. Much like his …

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Up to Speed: Denny Hamlin’s Stability Turning the Tide for Joe Gibbs Racing

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If there was a low point for Joe Gibbs Racing this season, and particularly Denny Hamlin, it had to have been at Texas Motor Speedway back in April.  While Kyle Busch looked competitive at times, Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suarez each struggled to run in the top 20 for no apparent reason.  Hamlin wound up getting the …

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Pace Laps: A Massive Weekend at New Hampshire for JGR and Josef Newgarden’s Big IndyCar Win

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Roller coaster of a Day for JGR – You may not find a more adventurous day for Joe Gibbs Racing all season than Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. That’s because one JGR driver scored the win, another lost the trophy late, the third brought it home in a solid position and …

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Denny Hamlin Brings Joe Gibbs Racing Back to Victory at Loudon

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It just so happened that Denny Hamlin had to pass a Joe Gibbs Racing teammate to score the victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday. Following a 20-race winless streak that dated back to 2016, Hamlin passed Matt Kenseth and held off a charging Kyle Larson to score his 30th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup …

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The Frontstretch 5: Midseason Observations

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Sorry, guys, the stages are pretty ok I know there are some fans who are not behind the race structure, but after nearly half a season of racing, has it really changed the racing all that much?  The answer is yes…and no. Why it works is that the actual race remains more or less unchanged.  …

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