Race Weekend Central

Jimmie Johnson Scores Top Five at Las Vegas: “I knew we were going to start the year strong”

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Coming off a 35th-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500, seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson kicked off his “real” season in style, scoring a top five finish in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “Strong day,” Johnson said. “Sadly with probably 15 to go or so I got in the outside wall off [Turn] …

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Aric Almirola, Jimmie Johnson Fastest in Las Vegas Cup Practices

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Aric Almirola and Jimmie Johnson paced the two Friday (Feb. 21) practice sessions for the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series. Practice No. 1 Almirola led the first session with a speed of 178.654 mph in his No. 10 Stewart Haas Racing Ford. His teammate Clint Bowyer was second …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Denny Hamlin One of the All-Time Greats?

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Given the situation, who is the right choice to fill in the No. 6 car in the NASCAR Cup Series while Ryan Newman is recovering? Amy Henderson: I like the driver RFR went with, Ross Chastain. He’s shown that with good equipment, he can be racy and he can finish well for the team this weekend. …

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NASCAR 101: Drivers With Starts in Parts of 4 (or More) Decades

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With the 2020 NASCAR season now underway, any driver who competed at Daytona International Speedway last weekend can officially say they’ve competed in a NASCAR race in the 2020s. This season marks the first in a new decade for NASCAR, officially leaving the 2010s in the dust. The ’10s saw a sizable number of drivers …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Daytona 500

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Who … should you be talking about after the race? Denny Hamlin cemented his place as NASCAR’s top dog on superspeedways with his third career.Daytona 500 win and second in a row. He edged Ryan Blaney by just .014 seconds to take the checkered flag. But there was little time for Hamlin to celebrate. By …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Needs to Win the Daytona 500 the Most?

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Discount Tire

The NASCAR Cup Series’ Busch Clash ended with more cars sitting damaged in the garage than racing on the track. Is there a need to change anything about the event? Amy Henderson: I’m not sure the event is necessary at all, but if the teams want to keep it, that’s OK. At least most of the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 BlueGreen Vacations Duels at Daytona

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The Headline(s): While the battles for the final spots in the Daytona 500 field proved underwhelming, the racing throughout the pack was hot and heavy. Winning races that were highly contested and featured no Big Ones, Joey Logano and William Byron scored well-earned victories Thursday night (Feb. 13). Both Daniel Suarez and JJ Yeley suffered …

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Jimmie Johnson Feeling Good Heading into Daytona 500

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Jimmie Johnson has one last shot to add to his Daytona 500 trophy collection, and he’s feeling confident about heading it following Thursday’s (Feb. 13) Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona. After starting on the front row, Johnson quickly faded back as his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron got a bad restart from the second row. …

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The Frontstretch 5: Storylines to Watch in NASCAR 2020

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1. What will we see from the seventh generation race car? That’s going to be the question hanging over the season, no matter what kind of racing we see, because it has the potential to change everything. We’ve had a couple of brief glimpses so far, and each was a bit different than the others …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX’s Season Debut a Dress Rehearsal at Best

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Here we are. Speedweeks once again. Good to get the blood going with some racing after a long offseason. That said, Sunday saw probably one of the biggest wreckfests in recent memory. Not swell. For many NASCAR fans, Sunday was their first taste of the two-man booth and what FOX Sports will offer for NASCAR …

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