Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Consumers Energy 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Once again, Kevin Harvick showed why he’s called The Closer, getting it done when it counted to win the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway for the second year in a row in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This time, Harvick had enough speed …

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Up to Speed: Long Runs or Restarts?

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NASCAR competition at Michigan International Speedway revolves around two elements: long runs and restarts. Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was no exception.  Long green-flag runs at the beginning and end of the race shuffled positions at a racetrack where passing has been notoriously difficult.  The middle offered a series of short runs broken …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Step In During Incidents of Retribution?

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Last week, there were several incidents of retribution among NASCAR’s top series, including Kyle Busch/Bubba Wallace, Jimmie Johnson/Ryan Blaney and Justin Allgaier/Ross Chastain. Is there a point where NASCAR should step in? Wesley Coburn: Kyle Busch and Bubba Wallace, probably not; Wallace was stupid, and he’ll be paid back sometime later in the season. Jimmie Johnson …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Ryan Blaney’s Playoff Outlook, Beer-Drinking in Ireland

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff differ on opinions of last week’s road course action at Watkins Glen International that saw Chase Elliott run a perfect race to hold off Martin Truex Jr. for the victory. Kyle Busch was the center of attention for a lot of the event after run-ins with …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Watkins Glen Brings Antics But Isn’t Dale Jr.’s Best Day

Watkins Glen 2019 NASCAR Cup Chase Elliott

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Watkins Glen International always provides an interesting race for fans to watch. Sunday (August 4) saw a race that was light on lead changes but high on storylines and shenanigans. Also, before we start, yes, Racing Wives finally premiered Friday night on CMT. My hotel room in Vestal, N.Y. last weekend did not have the …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: It’s Clobberin’ Time

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The theme of this weekend’s NASCAR action was “payback.” It started with the Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Thursday night (August 1) in the Eldora Dirt Derby, as Tyler Dippel got into Ben Rhodes after the checkered flag in return for being shoved into the wall in the final laps. Then in the Xfinity Series …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 GoBowling at the Glen

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? If you were suffering from déjà vu during the final laps at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, you probably aren’t alone. One year ago, Chase Elliott battled Martin Truex Jr. to the checkers for his first career win and Sunday, they did it all over again in …

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Up to Speed: Road Course Racing on the Rise

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NASCAR often seems to be in a constant state of change. Many of those changes have been hotly debated among fans, especially when it comes to the future of the sport.  But there is one change in the last decade that often gets overlooked and may well impact NASCAR’s direction into the 2020s.  Road course …

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Strong Days By Ryan Blaney and Jimmie Johnson Overshadowed by Run-in

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Ryan Blaney and Jimmie Johnson both had the solid days they needed at Watkins Glen International on Sunday afternoon (August 4). But neither left the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in a happy mood. Blaney finished the race fifth and scored two points in stage two, further securing his points lead over the playoff …

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Chase Elliott Fends Off Martin Truex Jr. To Defend Watkins Glen Victory

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For a second straight year, Chase Elliott had Martin Truex Jr. breathing down his neck for the win at Watkins Glen International. But this time, Elliott didn’t need an empty fuel tank to maintain his advantage. Elliott dominated the vast majority of Sunday’s (August 4) Go Bowling at the Glen, leading 80 of 90 laps …

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