Race Weekend Central

Power Rankings: Hotlanta Edition

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One thing we can say about last Sunday’s (June 7) race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is that it will be most remembered for what happened during pre-race. But it would have been impossible to create a race more memorable than the words and imagery we saw from NASCAR over the weekend. While I have always …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Stands Up for Racial Equality on FOX

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As all of you are aware, it’s been a rather tough couple of weeks here in the United States. In addition to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the country has been rocked by protests against police brutality and racism. NASCAR has generally stayed away from these issues in the past, largely due to the fact that …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2020 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500? Kevin Harvick won his first NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2001. The triumph came just weeks after being called into the Cup Series a year ahead of schedule following the death of Dale Earnhardt, and he won it by …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Food City Presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol

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The Headline(s): Brad Keselowski was right to ask if Las Vegas has re-opened yet, because Sunday proved it’s sometimes better to be lucky than good. Capitalizing on a spat between Joey Logano and Chase Elliott for the race lead sending both leaders into the wall on lap 498, the No. 2 drove past the wreck …

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Driver vs. Driver Classic Matchups: Jeff Gordon vs. Jimmie Johnson

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It started when the young driver asked the superstar for career advice. In 2001, NASCAR was reeling from the loss of Dale Earnhardt. Jeff Gordon, Earnhardt’s fierce rival, was on the way to a fourth championship. And Jimmie Johnson was barely a blip on the collective radar. Most fans know the story by now: Johnson …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Chase Elliott Gets Redemption at Charlotte

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff breakdown a long week of racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which saw Chase Elliott score a victory on Thursday after a tough loss in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. The duo discuss why Thursday night’s win was important for Elliott and crew chief Alan Gustafson. Led by Elliott’s …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Alsco Uniforms 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? He might have won Darlington Raceway, but he got spun in the closing laps. He might have won the Coca-Cola 600, but a pit gamble left him just short. Thursday night, a day later than planned after rains at Charlotte Motor Speedway forced a delay, Chase …

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Power Rankings: Monster Marathon Edition

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Every year it seems that we have the debate about whether NASCAR needs a 600-mile race. You can holler out “OK, Boomer,” but I think it is very important to have some of the classic NASCAR races stay at their classic lengths. There was a time this was a test of man and machine, and …

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5 Points to Ponder: Chase Elliott and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

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ONE: Chase Elliott and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week Chase Elliott’s potential race-winning Sunday night at the Coca-Cola 600 was foiled by a few factors. Leading with less than three laps to go at Charlotte Motor Speedway, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron suffered a flat tire and spun. The ensuing caution …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Disqualified, The 6-Ton Elephant in the Room and Other Observations 

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Early in my career Ben Blake, one of the great all-time writers in NASCAR history, taught me that the only thing worse than rain at a racetrack is rain at a racetrack with lights. I’d later add my own corollary that the only thing worse than rain at a racetrack with lights is rain at …

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