Race Weekend Central

Truckin’ Thursdays: Returning to Darlington Raceway Again

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For the first time since 2011, the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series returns to Darlington Raceway to run the penultimate race of the 2020 regular season on Sunday (Sept. 6). The series first visited Darlington in 2001, a race that the late Bobby Hamilton dominated by leading 125 of the rain-shortened 135 laps. It …

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The Frontstretch 5: Playoff Eliminations, Round of 16

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1. Austin Dillon Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing teammate Tyler Reddick dueled for the win at Texas Motor Speedway in mid-July, with the No. 3 car coming out on top to secure a playoff spot. The pair were on the playoff bubble at the time, Dillon in 16th and barely in the playoffs. In …

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Up to Speed: Kyle Busch Will Miss Having Playoff Points in 2020

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Kyle Busch experienced another frustrating finish to a promising race on Saturday night.  At Daytona International Speedway, in the last race of the regular season, Busch led for a total of 31 laps.  He was near the front of the pack late in the race and had a good shot at scoring a win.  But …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400

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It all comes down to the final race of the NASCAR Cup Series regular season at Daytona International Speedway to set the playoff grid on Saturday (Aug. 29) night. This is the first time that Daytona will cap the regular season, moved from its traditional July 4 weekend slot. Kevin Harvick clinched the regular-season championship …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400

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Are you ready for one of the wildest nights the NASCAR Cup Series will see this season? Let’s get your NASCAR DraftKings lineups prepared for Saturday’s (Aug. 29) Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Two weeks ago, the Cup Series competed on Daytona’s road course for the first time; this week, however, they’ll …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Short Takes on a Long Weekend of Racing

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There are only so many weekends in a calendar year, and COVID-19 has tossed an Ozark into the cesspool in 2020. The various racing sanctioning bodies are doing their damnedest to reschedule their events and sometimes those schedules are going to overlap. Still, I found it a bit disheartening that NASCAR scheduled not one but …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: NASCAR Dover Doubleheader Weekend

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What happened? Denny Hamlin won the Drydene 311 at Dover on Saturday (Aug. 22) and Kevin Harvick won the Drydene 311 at Dover on Sunday (Aug. 23). Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. were the only drivers to finish in the top five in both races. ?????? RETWEET to congratulate @dennyhamlin on win No. 6 of …

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Stock Car Scoop: Austin Dillon Cleared to Race

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Austin Dillon has been cleared to compete for both NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway this weekend. What were his first comments back since recovering from COVID-19? Find out on this edition of Frontstretch‘s Stock Car Scoop. Frontstretch‘s newest podcast focused on the motorsports news of the week also dives into all three lineups …

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Austin Dillon Cleared to Return to Racing

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Austin Dillon will return to the wheel of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet this coming NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader at Dover International Speedway, he announced Aug. 20. Dillon tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the Cup race at the Daytona International Speedway road course. Dillon will start the first race of the doubleheader …

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Did You Notice?: Monster Moment For Jimmie Johnson in Final NASCAR Season

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Did You Notice? … This coming weekend feels like Jimmie Johnson’s last stand? Three races remain in the NASCAR Cup Series regular season, and Johnson still sits on the outside of the postseason looking in. The future Hall of Famer, who once had 15 straight postseason appearances, sits 25 points below the cutline in his last …

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