Race Weekend Central

Search for On-Track Improvement Needed after Off-Track Drama

We have heard it all too much recently: the fan commenting to the world that “the race was boring, but what happened afterward was awesome!” For those with an eye for excitement, one would have to agree to a point. In the short term, drama draws attention to the sport and may even increase viewership from …

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Tracking the Trucks: Rhino Linings 350

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In a Nutshell: Erik Jones took the checkered flag 1.329 seconds ahead of teammate Darrell Wallace, Jr. to win the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night. Jones took the lead for the final time on lap 133 of 146 and never looked back. Matt Crafton and Red Horse Racing teammates Timothy …

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Tracking the Trucks: Chevrolet Silverado 250

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In a Nutshell: Ryan Blaney finished 0.049 seconds ahead of German Quiroga to win Sunday afternoon’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The driver of the No. 29 Ford led twice for a race-high 34 laps en route to his first win of the season. Erik Jones, Gray Gaulding and Andrew Ranger rounded …

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Mirror Driving: System Failure, Strategy vs. Speed, and Future Stars

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Erik Jones on Success with KBM, Where It All Started, and Super Late Model Racing

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Erik Jones shocked the short track racing world in 2012 at the age of 16 when he outdueled Kyle Busch at his own game in a thrilling finish to the annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Months later he was hired to drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports and continued to turn …

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Five Points to Ponder: Rookie Magic Turned Tricky Triangle

ONE: What Does a Fifth Brickyard Victory Mean for Jeff Gordon? After winning four NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, 90 career victories (third all-time), 445 top-10 finishes, three Daytona 500 victories and now a fifth career win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (the most all-time on the oval at IMS), what does the win on Sunday really …

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Happiness Is… Hot Head Stevens, Statistics & Making an Entrance

Darrell Wallace Jr. passes under the checkered flag to claim the Mudsummer Classic Credit: Mike Neff

More weeknight racing, please. Other Frontstretchers have asserted that nighttime races aren’t as good as the daytime events.  That’s fine, and Sunday afternoons have their place, but maybe not every week, and Wednesday’s truck race showed how likeable mid-week racing can be. As NASCAR continues to stick its head in the sand about making any …

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Nationwide Breakdown: EnjoyIllinois.com 300

Chase Elliott had chances at winning the last few weeks go out the window when he ran out of fuel on more than one occasion. Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300, however, the No. 9 team played the pit road strategy perfectly to put themselves out front when it mattered the most. …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Erik Jones to Make Series Debut

Erik Jones will make his Nationwide Series debut this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway with Joe Gibbs Racing, and I for one am hoping to see him obliterate the field. I’m talking lead every practice session, qualify on the pole and then go wire-to-wire. After all, he will be driving (practically) a Cup-lite car capable of …

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Tracking the Trucks: American Ethanol 200

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In a Nutshell: Erik Jones took the checkered flag 0.629 seconds ahead of Ryan Blaney to win Friday night’s American Ethanol 200 from Iowa Speedway. Jones led a race-high 131 laps en route to his second career victory. Matt Crafton, Joey Coulter and German Quiroga rounded out the top 5. Who Should Have Won: Erik …

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