Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Geometry is Difficult

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck series raced at Pocono Raceway this weekend and Kyle Busch added two more trophies to his collection. Busch tied Ron Hornaday for most career CWTS wins with 51 and tied Kevin Harvick for the most MENCS wins this season at six apiece. The MENCS event, Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 …

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The Underdog House: Strong Pocono Performances All Weekend

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small The two-day weekend got interesting fast for anyone who fielded a car for Sunday’s (July 29) Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway. Once qualifying ended for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series the starting grid nearly flipped by thirds. Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch were bumped from the front row after failing post-qualifying …

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Martin Truex Jr. Leads Final Practice at New Hampshire

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For much of Saturday’s final practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. had a top-five car on one-lap speed. But with less than 20 minutes remaining, the No. 78 car hopped to the top of the leaderboard to win the session. Truex posted a lap of 131.624 mph, which narrowly edged out fellow …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Erik Jones Dips & Dives to 1st Career Victory at Daytona

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Erik Jones survived the carnage Saturday night (July 7) at Daytona International Speedway. That included eight cautions in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 which involved incidents, including one that gave him damage. But Jones came back from a lap down, breezing through the draft and scored his first career win. Ricky …

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‘They Knew He Was Here’: Michael McDowell Puts on Impressive Daytona Performance

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Michael McDowell has always been a strong restrictor plate performer in underdog equipment. Entering Saturday night, he had five straight Daytona top-15 finishes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to make him one of the sport’s best at this type of racing. But Saturday night took that streak to another level. McDowell put on …

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The Underdog House: Calm Runs on a Wild Day

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Think Small Though Chicagoland Speedway gave fans one stellar race up front, the day was actually on the calm side for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series underdogs. The Overton’s 400 was the first summer race for the speedway since 2010 and it proved to play some effect to how the 267-lapper played out for …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Michael McDowell Speaks Strategy at Sonoma

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review the first road course race of the season at Sonoma Raceway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti and Michael McDowell, who finished 21st and picked up stage points in stage two. Martin Truex Jr. dominated the race, leading a race-high 62 laps. It was a pit call by …

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Pace Laps: Kasey Kahne’s Endless Pursuit of… What? & Exciting NASCAR Racing In Iowa

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: The Latest Push To Fix Kasey Kahne June’s off week came with a crew chief change in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Travis Mack was replaced as Kasey Kahne‘s head wrench after just 15 races as the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing team remains mired in midpack. Jon Leonard will …

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Michael McDowell Fitting in with Front Row Motorsports

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Heading into the 2018 NASCAR season, Michael McDowell knew he had the best opportunity of his career competing full-time for Front Row Motorsports. Last year was his first full-time season (though having nine partial seasons before) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Leavine Family Racing. However, the team announced in September that Kasey …

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The Underdog House: No Shortage of Trickery for Underdogs in Pocono

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Pocono Raceway often brings out a little more than most ovals. First off, it’s not an oval per se, although it still leads to similar contenders up front. But it’s an animal in itself every year, offering shifting through its three distinct turns and unique pit strategy over 400 miles. The circumstances make …

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