Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice? … Tony Stewart Could Easily Still Make The Chase

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Did You Notice? … Five races into the 2016 season the door is still wide open for Tony Stewart to make the Chase? Certainly, there’s a lot that would have to happen; the three-time Sprint Cup champion isn’t even expected to return to the series until May. The sabbatical leaves him out for about 12 …

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Five Points to Ponder: Can Kasey Kahne Recover?

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ONE: Martinsville, Sweet Martinsville Ah, Martinsville, let me count the ways I love you. I’ve said it before countless times and I’ll say it again this week: There’s little that ails NASCAR that can’t be fixed with a trip to the venerable and ageless Martinsville Speedway. This will be Cup race number 135 – a …

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Did You Notice? … The Death Of The NASCAR DNF

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Did You Notice? … That in the first five races more cars are avoiding mechanical failure than ever before? One of the storylines in the midst of NASCAR’s new rules, a package that has brought much needed passing and unpredictability back into racing has been the ability of cars to go the distance regardless of circumstances. …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Developing Rivalries Creates Positive Vibes for NASCAR

It has been way too long since NASCAR had a rivalry. You cannot consider Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano’s month-long battle a rivalry. The same can be said about Kenseth and Logano’s teammate, Brad Keselowski, having a duel at Texas Motor Speedway in 2014. NASCAR’s lack of rivalries has a lot to do with camaraderie within …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dissecting A NASCAR FOX Fontana… Hyperbole?

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Welcome back, everyone.  We had some great action last weekend in Fontana.  It wasn’t that long ago that Auto Club Speedway put on the most boring races in all of NASCAR.  That is just a memory now (thankfully).  Despite that, the way that races are covered can affect how a race is perceived. Auto Club …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Martinsville Edition

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There’s that old Jim Croce song, covered by many several times over the years, where it talks about not tugging on superman’s cape and where you don’t mess around with Jim. A late restart at California Sunday afternoon allowed for both of those things to happen, in a sense. It pulled the cape of the …

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Danica Patrick Facing Possible Penalty for Walking on Hot Track

Following a hard hit entering Turn 1 at Auto Club Speedway, Danica Patrick is in line for a possible penalty from NASCAR. Patrick made contact with Kasey Kahne with 80 laps remaining in the Auto Club 400 on Sunday afternoon, slamming the outside wall on the frontstretch. The impact was hard enough to send her No. …

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Up To Speed: Tempers Flare and Insults Fly Following Action-Packed Auto Club 400

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I’ve said before that it’s rare that fans and competitors alike agree on anything, let alone nearly unanimous on the quality of a product. However, this is becoming more the case week in and week out. With few exceptions, the drivers are happy with the new package, the fans enjoy the racing it produces, and …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Kasey Kahne’s Optimistic Approach with Hendrick Motorsports in 2016

As soon as he made it to “the show,” Kasey Kahne made headlines week-in and week-out. At the time, there may not have been a driver considered to be as hot on and off the track. Heck, he even won a contest on Fox for being the sexiest driver. After Ray Evernham partnered with George Gillett, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Shows Slight Improvement, While ESPN Tries to De-emphasize St. Pete

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Greetings, everyone.  Did you like Sunday’s finish in Phoenix?  It was a good one.  I thought Kevin Harvick was a sitting duck, but he managed to pull it out just in time. Last weekend saw two races in Phoenix, plus the season opener in St. Petersburg for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Good Sam 500k On …

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