Race Weekend Central

Up to Speed: Ryan Blaney Wins the Hard Way

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Winning does not come easily in NASCAR. It did not for Ryan Blaney at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.  It has not come easily for Wood Brothers Racing over the last decade or two.  Yet the newest winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series delivered NASCAR’s oldest team to Victory Lane one more time. Blaney’s victory …

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Ryan Blaney, The Wood Brothers Back in Victory Lane at Pocono

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Ryan Blaney and the Wood Brothers finally had their breakthrough to Victory Lane, making it a memorable weekend for NASCAR at Pocono Raceway. Blaney outlasted a dominant Kyle Busch, passing him on fresh tires with 15 laps left. Pulling away from a fading No. 18 Toyota, Blaney then held off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick to earn his first career win …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Axalta 400 Preview

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DraftKings daily fantasy NASCAR turns toward the Tricky Triangle in northeast Pennsylvania this weekend. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Pocono Raceway for the Pocono 400 Presented by Axalta this Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. Cars hit the track on Friday at 11 a.m. for first practice; Coors Light Pole Qualifying follows at …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Ryan Blaney Stay or Should He Go?

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Ryan Blaney and Wood Brothers Racing have had a great thing going this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The Wood Brothers have an alliance with Team Penske, but are a one-car operation that hasn’t won a race since Trevor Bayne’s triumphant 2011 Daytona 500 upset. Should Blaney remain with Wood Brothers Racing long-term, …

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The Frontstretch 5: Next Drivers to Find Victory Lane

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Chase Elliott It’s actually a bit surprising that Elliott hasn’t gotten a win yet.  He’s come close quite a few times, leading multiple laps at Phoenix and Martinsville as well as in the Daytona 500. May was difficult for the 21-year-old second-generation driver, with a best finish of 24th, but June kicked off with a …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Crossing The Overtime Line Edition

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The NASCAR Cup race at Dover seemed to go pretty smoothly for most of the day, then everything turned into a mess at the end, including a really big mess in the race to the finish line, where some made it and some didn’t. The key here is getting the end game right and while …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Jimmie Johnson Pulls Another Rabbit Out of His Hat With Dover Victory

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Who’s in the headline – There are horses for courses and some courses for horses. When it comes to Dover International Speedway and Jimmie Johnson, they are the perfect match. Johnson swept both Dover races in his rookie season, and after winning the race on Sunday, he now has 11 career wins at the track. …

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He Didn’t Blink: Kyle Larson Tames Monster Mile with XFINITY Win

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Though Miles the Monster was a tough one in Saturday’s OneMain Financial 200 (with 10 cautions to boot, the most in 10 years) Kyle Larson did not blink. The Cup regular drove away from Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney to earn his eighth career XFINITY Series win and third of 2017. Starting from the pole, Larson went on …

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The Kyle Show Continues: Kyle Larson Wins XFINITY Pole at Dover

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Kyle Larson has won the pole for the XFINITY Series OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway. The Cup Series veteran will start up front after posting a lap time of 23.604 seconds (152.517 mph) to beat all comers. It’s been a NASCAR weekend dominated by both Kyle Busch and Larson. They’ve combined to win both series poles …

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Ryan Blaney Leads the Charge in Final XFINITY Series Practice

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Ryan Blaney, last weekends winner in the XFINITY Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway topped final practice at Dover International Speedway. With a lap of 152.517 mph, the No. 22 car was more than two mph slower than the hot lap turned by Kyle Larson in the opening practice. Larson ran the second quickest lap in final practice …

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