Race Weekend Central

NASCAR Mailbox: Can Aric Almirola’s Season Be Considered Successful if he Doesn’t Win?

(Photo: Danny Peters)

Following the race at Dover this past weekend, there was massive disappointment from Aric Almirola after losing his grasp on the race win when it otherwise looked like he had it in the bag. Same song, different verse for Almirola this season. The question to be asked here is, can his season be considered successful …

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Kasey Kahne Done for 2018 Season

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Kasey Kahne‘s retirement from NASCAR competition is coming earlier than expected. The driver of Leavine Family Racing’s No. 95 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series announced today (Oct. 9) that he is not medically cleared to drive in the remainder of the 2018 season. He had planned to retire from full-time competition after 2018, …

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5 Points to Ponder: Heartbreak on NASCAR’s High Banks

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ONE: Halfway Home Talladega Superspeedway will mark the midway point in the 2018 playoffs and for some drivers, the race will also mark the end of their title aspirations even with one remaining track to come in the second round. As things stand, Chase Elliott’s win at the Monster Mile sees him safely ensconced in …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chase Elliott Fires Up the Siren a 2nd Time

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Who’s in the headline Chase Elliott lost a heartbreaking race at Dover in the fall of 2017 and blamed himself solely for the loss. Sunday was a complete team effort that vaulted Elliott to Victory Lane and a berth in the Round of 8. Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola both appeared headed to victory early …

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4 Burning Questions: Is This It for Kasey Kahne?

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Will Kasey Kahne race again in MENCS competition? On Wednesday, it was announced by Leavine Family Racing that Kasey Kahne would not be able to race this weekend and that Regan Smith would once again race the No. 95 Chevrolet as a subsitute driver. Kahne has been out since after the Southern 500 last month …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Kasey Kahne Hang It Up Early?

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Kasey Kahne will miss the next three races due to severe dehydration issues suffered at Darlington Raceway. Will his final stretch of races end with him behind the wheel, or should he sit it out? Clayton Caldwell: It would be a great benefit for Leavine Family Racing to have Kasey Kahne behind the wheel as soon …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2018 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

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Who… gets my shout-out of the race? Matt Kenseth has not had a very successful comeback this season. After leaving Joe Gibbs Racing last year, Kenseth sat out the first three months of this season before returning to Roush Fenway Racing to run part-time in the organization’s No. 6 Ford. He’s since only performed slightly better …

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Up to Speed: A Long Way from 2006

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After a week of mostly bad news for both drivers, Martin Truex Jr. and Kasey Kahne are at a crossroads. The announcement Furniture Row Racing would disband at the end of this season has thrown serious complications into Truex’s quest to win a second straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.  Chances are that Truex …

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Kasey Kahne Not Driving at Indianapolis

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Due to what his team called “lingering effects of extreme heat exhaustion” following last weekend’s Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Kasey Kahne will not race this weekend in the Big Machine Vodka 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Following Sunday night’s race at Darlington, Kahne was taken to the track’s care center where he was …

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The 10: Best Paint Schemes of the Darlington Throwback Era

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This week, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series enjoyed its final off weekend of the season. We combed through the throwbacks that have been run since the beginning of the Darlington throwback era and found our 10 favorite throwbacks that have been run. Jeff Gordon/Dale Earnhardt Jr. –  “Gray Ghost” – 2016 The Buddy Baker “Gray …

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