NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Team Penske Makes Nationwide Driver Change for Homestead

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Team Penske announced on Monday that Brad Keselowski will drive the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang in Nationwide Series season finale, the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. Joey Logano was originally scheduled to run the race, but Team Penske made the decision to allow Logano to focus on the Sprint Cup Series …

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Five Points to Ponder: A First-Time Champ, Homestead & Like Father, Like Son

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ONE: A FIRST-TIME CHAMP Many folks who completed Chase brackets would have had Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano making the final four, while few would have pegged Denny Hamlin or Ryan Newman as being still in contention for the big silver trophy at Homestead-Miami Speedway. That in essence highlights both the beauty and the vagaries of …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Did “Chasing” Ratings Help Or Hurt ESPN?

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At the very front of the field, the Phoenix International Raceway race weekend was not the most competitive out there. In 644 total laps of racing across three series, there were only 16 lead changes, and the most dominant driver in each race led more than 84 percent of the laps (interestingly enough, Kevin Harvick …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Phoenix – Homestead Edition

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The Championship Round is set. A Sunday date at Phoenix International Raceway separated the final four drivers from the rest of the field. The teams left in the mix weren’t necessarily the ones on top for the majority of 2014, just the ones who got it done best in the Eliminator Round. Who’s hot enough …

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Nationwide Breakdown: DAV 200 Honoring America’s Veterans

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He started out the year in high school. Now, he is a champion. As an 18-year-old, most don’t focus on winning national championships. But then again, Chase Elliott is definitely not like an 18-year-old. With a fifth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway, he has locked up the NASCAR Nationwide Series champion – becoming the youngest in …

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Friday Faceoff: Texas Tangle, Phoenix Fury & Chases for Everybody?

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Welcome to Friday Faceoff! What do you get when you take some hot-button NASCAR topics and hand them over to our dedicated and… er, opinionated staff? A little disagreement and a whole lot of thought-provoking insight! Check out this week’s edition to see what everyone is arguing… um, we mean, discussing this week! 1. Tempers …

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Happiness Is… Drivers Not Liking Other Drivers

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So this is what NASCAR wanted, eh?  Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman duking it out at Homestead for the championship.  There’ll probably be another driver there too, like Matt Kenseth, or Carl Edwards.   Then, when one of these drivers hoists the big shiny trophy everyone will collectively yawn and find something else to …

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Fantasy Insider: Dare To Take Risks Out In The Desert

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If you picked Jeff Gordon last week at Texas, with just a few laps to go you thought you had it made. He had a comfortable lead and it all looked good for him advancing into NASCAR’s version of the Final Four and for your fantasy team that day. Then, after his old buddy Clint …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Gamble With Pandora’s Box, Hamlin’s Heist & Quick Hits

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Did You Notice? … No drivers were penalized in Tuesday’s list of fines and suspensions doled out after the Texas brawl? NASCAR chose instead to come down hard on four crew members, all from Hendrick Motorsports whose punches were clearly captured either through photos or video footage obtained from the pit road incident. The punishment …

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NASCAR Issues Penalties Against No. 5 and No. 24 Team Following Texas Fight

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Following the fight at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday night, NASCAR has issued penalties against crew members on both the No. 5 and No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports teams. Jeremy Fuller off of Kasey Kahne‘s No. 5 team, along with Dwayne Doucette and Jason Ingle off of Jeff Gordon‘s No. 24 team, have been each fined …

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