NASCAR Race Weekend Central

NASCAR Mailbox: NASCAR Was Right Not to Penalize Gordon, Keselowski

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To say that NASCAR has faced some criticism in the past for being inconsistent on issuing penalties would be an understatement. Seemingly similar incidents would get completely different penalties, and would sometimes be completely over turned by NASCAR’s own appellate staff. Even with the introduction of the new penalty system, the different levels assessed didn’t …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Texas

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For the second time during the Chase, on-track contact has led to a post-race fight. The one common denominator: Brad Keselowski. This time, Keselowski made a bold three-wide move between Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon which resulted in a cut tire for Gordon and a 29th place finish. Understandably, Gordon was upset after seeing a …

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Racing to the Point: NASCAR Plays The Brawl Blame Game

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NASCAR executives probably spent Monday morning reveling in the media attention sparked by Sunday’s post-race fight. Then they spent Monday afternoon analyzing the video to dish out penalties for it. After all, that type of behavior can’t be tolerated – even if it’s exactly what NASCAR wanted, creating one hell of a strange disciplinary policy. …

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Five Points to Ponder: Fiery Phoenix, 500 Strong for Harvick & The Big Unknown

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ONE: UNDER PRESSURE Two races remain – 579 laps or 712 miles, if you prefer – until we crown the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, and right now it’s anyone’s title, with all eight still-eligible drivers absolutely in the mix for the big silver wavy trophy. This new Chase version is certainly polarizing, but …

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Voices from the Cheap Seats: Defending the Indefensible

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Just a scant couple of weeks ago in this column, I basically did the journalistic equivalent of ripping Brad Keselowski a new one. Today, I find myself in the position of public defender for the aforementioned “defendant,” who shall henceforth be referred to as BK. Others involved in this investigation, namely Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN’s Fight Night At The Races

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The specter of violence has reared its head once again. Cripes. Before we even get into the critique, I’ll state for the record that this fighting is passé. Not only is it played out, it’s also ludicrous and makes the sport look bad. I do a lot more pertaining to motorsports coverage than critiquing TV …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Texas – Phoenix Edition

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It seemed like everyone wanted a piece of Brad Keselowski after the AAA Texas 500, but he isn’t the driver atop Who’s Hot and Who’s Not. The actions of Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick are being studied under a microscope after a multifaceted brawl in the Lone Star State left three Chasers bruised and bloody. …

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NASCAR Will Review Brad Keselowski-Jeff Gordon Post-Race Altercation

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The sanctioning body has a lot of work to do this week as NASCAR VP of Competition Robin Pemberton and his staff sort through video and reports of what transpired after the conclusion of the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on Sunday night. The brawl that occurred between Brad Keselowski …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: AAA Texas 500 – Rumblin’, Bumblin’ and Stumblin’

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Key Moment – On the first green-white-checkered finish, Jeff Gordon chose the outside line to lead the field to the green. He drifted wide as the field approached turn 1, opening the door for Brad Keselowski to try and shoot through the middle in an effort to go for the win. Gordon came down and …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 AAA Texas 500

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? If you didn’t see this top-10 finish coming, you’re not …

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