Race Weekend Central

2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Take Action After Rough Driving at Watkins Glen?

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This past weekend’s road course events at Watkins Glen International had pretty much everything – turning both right and left, drivers spinning and sliding, tempers flaring and fantastic races to the finish on both days. Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race featured a battle between Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger, while Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: It’s Clobberin’ Time

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The theme of this weekend’s NASCAR action was “payback.” It started with the Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Thursday night (August 1) in the Eldora Dirt Derby, as Tyler Dippel got into Ben Rhodes after the checkered flag in return for being shoved into the wall in the final laps. Then in the Xfinity Series …

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Entry List: Consumers Energy 400

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The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series makes its second and final trip of the season to Michigan International Speedway this weekend for the 2019 Consumers Energy 400. The initial entry list has 38 competitors, and with 40 spots on the grid, that means all drivers will qualify, barring any entry list changes. Ross Chastain will …

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Up to Speed: Road Course Racing on the Rise

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NASCAR often seems to be in a constant state of change. Many of those changes have been hotly debated among fans, especially when it comes to the future of the sport.  But there is one change in the last decade that often gets overlooked and may well impact NASCAR’s direction into the 2020s.  Road course …

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Pace Laps: Chase Elliott, Austin Cindric Take Over Watkins Glen, Friesen Finally Wins

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Chase Elliott Wins As Playoff Race Heats Up Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. We’ve seen them battle mano-e-mano in western New York before and the 2019 Go Bowling At The Glen was round two. This time, Elliott hung on with pure speed, putting on the most dominant performance of …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Another Week, Another New Winner at Watkins Glen

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The 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season is starting to take on the feel of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign. It’s had a Big Three that dominated early, claiming an outsized share of the race wins. But as spring has turned to summer, other drivers have started loosening up their stranglehold, and Watkins …

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Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain ‘Rocky Relationship’ Comes to a Peak at Watkins Glen

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Heading into Saturday’s (August 3) Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International, Justin Allgaier was one of the favorites, winning two of the four road courses last season. But that came to a crashing halt on lap 15. After pitting early in the first stage to get track position at the end of the stage, Allgaier …

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Tracking the Trucks: Stewart Friesen Snags 1st Career Win at Eldora Speedway

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In a Nutshell: After finishing runner-up six times in his career, Stewart Friesen finally scored his first career win Thursday night at Eldora Speedway. “Oh man, thank you to all the race fans that stuck with us,” Friesen said in victory lane. “Today, this is the day. This is the week. Thanks to everybody. This …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Alex Bowman Discusses 2019 Season, Previews Playoffs, Dogs

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss an interesting weekend of racing at Pocono Raceway, which saw Denny Hamlin record his third victory of the season. What’s led to the recent hot streak of the No. 11 team? With three consecutive top-three finishes, is Erik Jones fighting for his ride? Did the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Unlikely NASCAR Storylines Unfolding in 2019

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If fans’ main gripe with NASCAR in recent years is that it’s too predictable, this year is providing some relief. There are some unexpected storylines floating around out there that weren’t predicted prior to the start of the season. With the year just past the halfway mark, the stories are still unfolding, and what could …

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