NASCAR Race Weekend Central

A Look Ahead to Cup Championship Weekend

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After a season that featured a stoppage due to a global pandemic, way too many rain delays, a frightening crash and more oddities and bizarre moments, the NASCAR Cup Series has finally arrived at the precipice of the offseason. All that chaos has led to championship weekend, which, appropriate for the whirlwind that 2020 has …

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Fire on Fridays: How Will Success Be Judged in This Era of NASCAR?

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The era of a good points day is officially over. Has been for awhile now. Points do matter. After all, if Kevin Harvick gains more than the one stage point at Texas Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway than he did, odds are he’s Championship 4 bound in the NASCAR Cup Series this year. But he didn’t, …

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Did You Notice?: Martinsville Brought Chaotic Season to a Head

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Did You Notice? … As if the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season (and 2020 as a whole) hadn’t been chaotic enough and there wasn’t enough around the corner with the season finale at Phoenix Raceway, Sunday’s (Nov. 1) race at Martinsville Speedway injected a dose of adrenaline into the season and its playoffs. Let’s start …

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5 Points to Ponder: Chase Elliott Comes of Age

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ONE: Chase Elliott Comes Of Age So much happened at Martinsville Speedway Sunday (Nov. 1) it’s easy to forget just how important Chase Elliott‘s win was for his NASCAR Cup Series career. For the first time in five years, Elliott came into the Round of 8 finale needing to cash in on a must-win situation …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Xfinity 500 at Martinsville

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What happened? Chase Elliott won the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville on Sunday (Nov. 1) to clinch a spot in the Championship 4. Elliott pulled away during the final stretch after his main rival most of the day, Martin Truex Jr., had to pit for a loose wheel. Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Kurt …

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Up to Speed: 2020 Is Another Black Mark Against The NASCAR Playoffs

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As usual, Martinsville Speedway provided no shortage of entertainment.  Sunday’s race, the penultimate event of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, offered up plenty of close quarters short track racing.  It also featured a tighter battle among the playoff drivers than most fans would have foreseen, given the points among the drivers.  But the biggest …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Xfinity 500


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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Chase Elliott was nothing short of dominant on Sunday, leading a career-high 236 laps en route to the victory at Martinsville Speedway. It wasn’t as easy as that makes it sound, as Elliott battled Martin Truex Jr., who also had to win to move on in …

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Stock Car Scoop: Martinsville Mayhem Leads to NASCAR Championship 4 Surprises


Chase Elliott said Sunday’s win at Martinsville (Nov. 1) was the biggest win of his career. It was also the crowning achievement on three exceptional races at the paperclip-shaped oval, producing a long list of Championship 4 surprises. What else did Elliott have to say after his Cup Series triumph? Find out in the latest …

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NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500


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Fort Worth, Texas is home to two massive sporting venues. One is AT&T Stadium, known colloquially as “Jerryworld”, the home of the Dallas Cowboys and one of the most advanced sports facilities in the world. The other is Texas Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile oval known both for its long distance races and variability as either …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Make a Change to the 550 HP Package After 2020 Season?

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What was it about Sunday’s (Oct. 18) race that left people with strong feelings, both good and bad? Was it the fact that Joey Logano, a driver who came into the weekend with just one win, is now running for the championship? Is it the fact that for the last 40 laps of the Hollywood …

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