Race Weekend Central

Pace Laps: Xfinity Frustration, Historic Finals, F1 Changeup & More

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Sprint Cup Series: Denny Hamlin Joins In on JGR Dominance – Joe Gibbs Racing has been on a surge since the beginning of the summer, rattling off eight wins in the 11 races leading up to the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Kyle Busch claimed four victories, Matt Kenseth reeled off three wins, and Carl …

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Pace Laps: Southern 500 Success, Denny Hamlin’s Dominance and the Busy NHRA Weekend

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Cup Series: Darlington Lives Up to the Hype – All of the hype leading up to Sunday night’s Southern 500 put NASCAR in a win or lose situation. With so much excitement brewing for the throwback weekend theme, the action on the track, desperately needed to entertain, and entertain it did. Leading up to the race …

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Nitro Shots: The Safety Dance

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In the wake of the accident that took the life of Justin Wilson, this week’s Open Wheel Wednesday put forth the idea that something similar to the protection found on a Top Fuel dragster might work to at least partially enclose the cockpit on an Indy car. It’s sad that so often in motorsports safety, …

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Nitro Shots: You Go, Girl! I Think…

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Nitro is in the air here in Charlotte. Well, it’s on the billboard anyway. Advertisements have gone up for the Carolina Nationals next month, and the billboard I saw features Courtney Force and her racecar. The very first impression I had was to think how great it was to see a woman on the ad …

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Pace Laps: Wild Races, Crazy Spins, and Speed Records

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Cup Series: Unexpected Wild Race at Pocono Leads to Victory for Matt Kenseth – It was quite the 400 miles at Pocono Raceway. With wrecks filling the first half of the race, the second half seemed like it would get even more wild. However, the field set a steady pace for the final 80 laps, …

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Nitro Shots: What Makes a Fan?

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The NHRA has been running a “Baptism By Nitro” campaign all season, encouraging fans to bring along family and friends who have never been to a race. The thinking is that once they see, hear and feel NHRA action in person they will become fans too, and it’s not a bad plan for the NHRA. …

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Pace Laps: Finally, Milestones, Big Home Track Wins & Rainy Days

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Sprint Cup Series: Fourth Time’s The Charm – Finally. Martin Truex Jr. took his next step toward title contention this season by doing what race winners do: close the deal. Three straight times, Truex had led the most laps in a Cup Series race only to come up short. At Kansas, it was pit strategy and a …

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Nitro Shots: Making Value Add Up For Sponsors

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After touching upon the issue of television and ratings, let’s do a little math this week. First, some numbers for you to play with. The cost to run a competitive Pro Stock car, per Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman earlier this season when talking about the shortfall for defending champion Erica Enders‘s car, is $1.5-$2 …

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Pace Laps: Manufacturer Advantages, Standalone Races, & Different Faces

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Sprint Cup Series: All-Star Snoozer – While the question of whether or not the All-Star Race has outlived its usefulness is a valid one, the bigger question resides with how it should remain should it continue. One comment that seemed appropriate regarding the race is that, to truly be an all-star race, drivers from all levels …

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