Race Weekend Central

The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Pennzoil 400 Edition

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Defending champion Joey Logano held off his Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski to claim the win in the Pennzoil 400. Is the duo of Logano and Keselowski the ones to beat as NASCAR transitions to the new aero package era? After another spectacular weekend which included the capture of two checkered flags, is Kyle Busch …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Pit Road Penalties Making An Impact Early In 2019

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Did You Notice? … How NASCAR officials have made a big impact thus far in 2019 with calling pit road violations? You could argue in the past two races speeding penalties have cost the two fastest cars in those events, Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch, a trip to Victory Lane. A simple touch of the ground …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Las Vegas Edition

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The full new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rule package made its debut in the Pennzoil 400 on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Opinions on social media were decidedly mixed, but one thing was for sure: the cars are much slower. That, combined with the cookie-cutter racing of a 1.5-mile track (even though Las …

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Up to Speed: New Aero Package Produces Old Results

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If Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is any indication, what is new is old again.  After an offseason of making plans, running tests and speculating what the future might hold, NASCAR used the full version of its new Cup Series aero package for the Pennzoil 400. The cars …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Pennzoil 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano made it two for two in intermediate track races for Team Penske this year. He followed up last week’s win by teammate Brad Keselowski, putting the No. 22 car in Victory Lane for the first time in 2019 …

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Kurt Busch Plays Strategy Right, Earns Top 5 at Las Vegas

Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 2019. (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Hometown cooking, a little bit of luck and a fast racecar was the recipe for Las Vegas native Kurt Busch to score his second consecutive top five finish to open up the 2019 season. The driver of the No. 1 Star Nursery/Monster Energy Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing stayed out to begin the third and …

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Frontstretch Podcast: David Ragan Discusses New Aero Package at Atlanta

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In the latest edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and David Ragan discuss the partial new aerodynamic package that was displayed at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend, one which landed the No. 38 car of Ragan a 16th-place finish. Ragan states in the interview that the racing is closer together and restarts will be …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Kez Goes Jordan

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On June 11, 1997, the Chicago Bulls were in Salt Lake City facing the Karl Malone-John Stockton Utah Jazz in the NBA Finals, and Michael Jordan had the flu (or food poisoning). He couldn’t get out of bed until the bus left for the arena, but wound up scoring 38 points that night, sparking the …

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5 Points to Ponder: Rolling the Las Vegas Dice

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A Crucial Race There is an argument to be made that this Sunday’s 400-miler at Las Vegas Motor Speedway might just be one of the most important races in NASCAR’s recent history. With the 2019 package due to made its “full debut,” the drivers, teams and fans will all be itching to see just what …

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Kurt Busch Shows His Muscle, Gets 1st Top 5 With Ganassi

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When Kurt Busch announced he was leaving Stewart-Haas Racing for Chip Ganassi Racing, it was seen by many as a step back. There was no denying Busch’s talent, but SHR was the most dominant team of 2018, winning 12 of the 36 races. CGR, meanwhile, went winless last year. But Busch proved in Sunday’s (Feb. …

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