Race Weekend Central

Jimmie Johnson Fastest in Caution-Plagued Opening Cup ROVAL Practice

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Jimmie Johnson led the first and only practice session on Friday (Sept. 27) in what was filled with a plethora of delays due to incidents. Johnson, who failed to make the playoffs for the first time ever in his career, ran 13 laps, with the final lap being the fastest at 103.182 mph. Kyle Larson, …

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The Frontstretch 5: Different Strategies You’ll See in the Playoffs

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

During NASCAR’s regular season, most teams are on more or less the same strategy of winning races and accumulating points in an attempt to qualify for the playoffs.  Those strategies vary from week to week, of course, depending on the track, how good the cars are off the truck or whether they’ve already got the …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Kyle Larson Gears Up for Postseason

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a frantic weekend of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick dominated the Brickyard 400 en route to his third win of 2019. But the bigger story was the playoff battle, which saw Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman race their way into the postseason, while …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is it Possible for a Winless Driver to Win a Championship

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Since the beginning of the playoffs back in 2004, we have seen a handful of drivers outside of the top 10, 12 and then 16 win a race or two in the final 10. However, since there have been 16 drivers in the playoffs, it seems to be rarer that a driver outside of that …

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The Frontstretch 5: Storylines to Watch With 10 to Go

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

As pumpkin spice takes over everything, another NASCAR season is nearly over, with more than two-thirds of the races already on the books. But there’s still some racing left to be done, and there’s plenty to talk about. Some storylines are just now writing their opening sentences, but they’re going to be worth watching as …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Racing’s Hallowed Mausoleum

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the great cathedrals of auto racing, with over a century’s worth of events run there. One of the overlooked aspects of cathedrals, aside from their beauty, is that they are a little creepy at the same time. In the history of IMS, many racers have died while competing, making …

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5 Points to Ponder: Is Joey Logano This Year’s Joey Logano?

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ONE: Is Joey Logano This Year’s Joey Logano? In 2018, we spent a lot of time debating which of the “Big Three” who had dominated the regular season — Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch — would race off with the title once the playoffs got underway. As it turned out, all three …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Brickyard 400

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The Headline(s): A series of hard wrecks and hair-raising restarts made Sunday (Sept. 8) one of the wilder Brickyard 400s in recent memory. One of them involved Jimmie Johnson, whose spin in front of nearly the whole field ended his 15-year streak of NASCAR postseason appearances. Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman were then able to …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

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Who…should you be talking about after the race? Some days it’s your day.  Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was Kevin Harvick’s day.  Harvick led 118 of 160 laps en route to his second Indianapolis win, his third victory of 2019 and the 48th of his career. In case you’re keeping track, only two active drivers, Jimmie …

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Up to Speed: Do Not Feel Bad for Jimmie Johnson

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Ever since the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series began utilizing a postseason format, Jimmie Johnson has been part of the championship fight.  For 15 straight seasons, no matter what guidelines NASCAR instituted for the Chase/playoffs, Johnson was always there. That streak came to an end on Sunday (Sept. 8), when Johnson failed to make the …

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