Race Weekend Central

Truckin’ Thursdays: Breaking Down the Championship 4

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This Friday night (Nov. 6), the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will crown its champion, kicking off the championship weekend at Phoenix Raceway. Despite the lengthy shutdown forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of determination and creative scheduling has the series back on track to end as scheduled. Four drivers – Sheldon Creed, …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Hailie Deegan Talks Truck Debut

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss their continued frustration with the 550-horsepower NASCAR Cup Series package. In Sunday’s Cup race at Kansas Speedway, Kevin Harvick trailed Joey Logano for over 40 laps and was never able to pass for the lead, though clearly having the quicker racecar. The duo chats about …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Diversity Takes Giant Leap Forward During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Did You Notice? … How far NASCAR diversity has come in just a few short months? Flash back to April 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing, and the viability of single-car teams (think: Richard Petty Motorsports / Bubba Wallace and Gaunt Brothers Racing / Daniel Suarez) was in doubt. Kyle Larson had just been …

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The Underdog House: John Hunter Nemechek Just Plain Speedy in Kansas

Top Dog John Hunter Nemechek was back on top of the underdogs on Sunday as the rookie driver finished 17th in the Hollywood Casino 400. Nemechek earned his only career Xfinity Series win at Kansas Speedway, so perhaps we should have seen this coming. Not only that, but his first Gander RV & Outdoors Truck …

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Stock Car Scoop: Joey Logano Speaks After Kansas Win, ‘100% of Our Time to Phoenix’

Joey Logano won for the third time this season in the NASCAR Cup Series in Sunday’s (Oct. 18) Hollywood Casino 400. Logano held off Kevin Harvick to clinch his third spot in the Championship 4 in the last five seasons. So how does this surprise victory set up Logano for a potential title run in …

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Tracking the Trucks: Brett Moffitt Scores Overtime Win in Kansas

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In a Nutshell: After finishing runner-up four times this season, Brett Moffitt scored his first 2020 victory at Kansas Speedway when he edged teammate Sheldon Creed, who led a race-high 61 laps, by 0.111 seconds at the line. A late-race spin by Zane Smith, who had been battling with Moffitt for the lead, set up …

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GMS Racing Battle Results in Celebration, Heartbreak for Playoff Contenders

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It was a GMS Racing battle late in the Clean Harbors 200 at Kansas Speedway that ultimately left a sour taste in one playoff driver’s mouth. NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck drivers Zane Smith and Brett Moffitt swapped the top spot several times in the closing laps, but a late block by Moffitt sent …

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Brett Moffitt Punches Ticket to Phoenix, Wins Kansas Truck Race

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It may have taken him 20 races in 2020, but Brett Moffitt has finally driven into a NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series victory lane for the first time this season. The 2018 Truck Series champion got the holeshot on an overtime restart and cruised away from his GMS Racing teammate Sheldon Creed to …

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4 Burning Questions: Are the NASCAR Playoffs Too Long?

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Are the NASCAR playoffs too long? The NASCAR playoffs truly begin this weekend; the past six weeks have been more-or-less preliminary events. The NASCAR playoffs in general have always been too long. 10 weeks just makes the playoffs drag way too long. If I didn’t have to watch them for this column, I’m probably not …

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Did You Notice?: 2020 NASCAR Winless Droughts, How Jimmie Johnson’s Final Season Stacks Up & Anxiety Awareness

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Did You Notice?… With four races left in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, four drivers remain winless who won a race in 2019. That’s a relatively small number from year-to-year as the sport’s strongest teams and drivers have remained stable. Some of that could be due to the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting practice time for …

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