Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Southern 500

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Who’s in the headline – While Carl Edwards’s name appears in the headlines, it is his pit crew that deserves the accolades. The new aero package provided some great racing and passing opportunities, but the race came down to an eight-lap dash for the cash. Fresh tires were good enough for 15–20 laps, so whoever …

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Up To Speed: Low-Downforce Package Adds Another Layer to “Throwback” Darlington Weekend

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For all that was said about the throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, the nostalgia did little to change the fact that The Lady in Black is still Too Tough to Tame. Oh yes, I did just work both nicknames into one sentence, and that’s because on a night filled with nostalgia, the track earned every …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Bojangles’ Southern 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Let’s give credit where credit is due. The race on Sunday night was one of the best in a long time. There was close racing, authentic cautions, and attrition. Yes, Brad Keselowski was dominant, but dominance is part of racing sometimes. Ned Jarrett once won this race by …

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Carl Edwards Wins Dramatic, Old-School 2015 Southern 500

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A record-breaking night at Darlington Raceway ended with Carl Edwards grabbing his first checkered flag in the Southern 500, followed by his traditional back flip on the frontstretch. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver took advantage of a stellar late pit stop by his crew to lead the final restart with eight laps remaining, gapping teammate …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol

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The list is short of drivers that can win at Bristol and successfully defend that victory the following year, but you can add Joey Logano to that list. After winning the night race last season, Logano led 176 laps Saturday night and held off Kevin Harvick to pick up his third win of the season. …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan

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Another week of fuel mileage paid off again for Matt Kenseth. He dominated the race Sunday afternoon, leading a race-high 146 laps, and had enough fuel to cross the line first. This win is Kenseth’s third of the season and second in the past three weeks. He now sits solely in the third seed behind …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: 2015 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Edition

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Now that we are down to just three races remaining in NASCAR’s “regular season,” the pressure is officially on for drivers who don’t have a coveted win to go for it at all costs. And there may be no better place for the first of these pressure-cooker races to happen than at Bristol on Saturday …

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Up To Speed: Drivers Dodge Questions About Michigan Aero Package

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Change has been rather commonplace in NASCAR over the past year or so, but it’s hard to imagine a time when changes were occurring on a week-to-week basis like they are now. Kentucky, Indianapolis and now Michigan have had new aero packages in an effort to improve the on-track product. The low-downforce package at Kentucky Speedway …

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Matt Kenseth Soars to 3rd Michigan Victory in 2015 Pure Michigan 400

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Matt Kenseth was nearly untouchable on a hot Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Leading 146 laps from pole position in the Pure Michigan 400, Kenseth brought himself and Joe Gibbs Racing another victory, their sixth in eight races and ninth overall in 2015. “I don’t know if I’ve ever had [a faster racecar] and not …

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Some Bite Their Tongues, Others Criticize High-Drag Package Following Hot Michigan Race

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After two attempts at running the high-drag rules package, the stars of NASCAR seem to agree about one thing: They never want to see it again. The package, instituted in today’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, as well as the Brickyard 400 and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was tested in an attempt to encourage …

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