Race Weekend Central

The Underdog House: Surviving NASCAR Talladega… Sort Of

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Think Small One thing that struck me when I first started in NASCAR was that if you spent enough time looking, you could see fans at a race who supported every driver in the field.  T-shirts, hats, and bumper stickers were among the ways they proclaimed their loyalty. Fast forward a couple of decades, and …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR Must ‘Cope’ With Slow Cars On Track

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Think Small After last weekend’s race at Richmond Raceway, where Derrike Cope brought out a late caution while racing several laps down, fans and some media suggested Cope should have been removed from the track by NASCAR long before the incident. That group, which included regular season champion Martin Truex Jr., claimed Cope was so far in …

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The Underdog House: The Invisible NASCAR Season

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Think Small Ah, fall.  Race fans can welcome cooler temperatures, cheer for their favorites in the playoffs…and kiss the chance of seeing the smaller teams mentioned during the broadcast goodbye. With the exception of Ryan Blaney, who made the postseason, all other underdogs will fade into the background of championship talk. That goes for any …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Which Side of the Cone Are You On?

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NASCAR officials want the sport to become more interesting by the day it seems, and rightfully so. The sanctioning body continues to address concerns drivers have on and off the racetrack, and they are listening to the feedback. Racers want to please the fans, so making changes that can enhance competition is probably the ideal option, …

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Chris Buescher Happy with Progression at JTG Daugherty Racing

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Meeting new faces is what has consumed Chris Buescher since making the jump to JTG-Daugherty Racing over the offseason. He better get used to them. Effective this week at Bristol, the former Roush Fenway Racing driver is now part of the JTG family for years to come. Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, it was announced he …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

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The DraftKings daily fantasy NASCAR game heads to the midwest this weekend for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will make its second stop at Bristol Motor Speedway this Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. Cars were on-track on Friday morning for first practice, led by Denny Hamlin. Erik Jones then won the Coors Light …

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Chris Buescher Re-Signs with JTG-Daugherty Racing

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The name on top of the No. 37 Chevrolet will remain the same in 2018. Chris Buescher, who signed on to drive JTG-Daugherty Racing’s second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entry this year, will return to the organization. The Texas native has signed a multi-year extension with the team after starting the team’s second car …

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Tech Talk: Trent Owens On PJ1 & Heavy Vertical Loads at Bristol

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The No. 37 team, driven by Chris Buescher, and crew chief Trent Owens are coming off two strong finishes for its small organization. Watkins Glen International was an 11th-place run, and Michigan International Speedway was sixth, the best finish of 2017 for JTG Daugherty Racing. Strategy, fuel mileage, caution timing and a little luck all played …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Larson Gets Dirty to Sweep Michigan

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Who’s in the headline – We often speak of horses for courses and interestingly, Kyle Larson has established that he is the horse to ride on two-mile racetracks. For the third time in a row, he was victorious at Michigan International Speedway, although during this race, he was not nearly as dominant as he’d been …

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