Race Weekend Central

Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Big Machine Vodka 400

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wraps up its regular season this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s the last chance for several bubble teams to clinch spots in the postseason and keep their championship hopes alive. The green flag flies on Sunday (Sept. 9) at 2 p.m. ET and can be seen on NBCSN. …

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Chris Buescher Leaves Darlington with Solid Finish, Fourth Straight Top 20

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Chris Buescher had a roller coaster night at Darlington that resulted in a finish that didn’t reflect the team’s performance during the 500 miles. Buescher overcame a lot during Sunday’s race just to finish 13th. But to the organization, a that finish is a positive result for a team heading in the right direction. “It …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Stand Their Ground in Bristol

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Think Small When you race at Bristol Motor Speedway, whether in Monster Energy Cup, XFINITY or Camping World Trucks, you learn quick how easily that place can take the best out of you. It can make you do things you wish you didn’t and can define or destroy weeks of momentum as the regular season …

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Tech Talk: Trent Owens Speaks to Vertical Loads & Brakes for Bristol

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the high-banked, concrete half-mile in the Smoky Mountains that is Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Teams are faced with many different challenges getting the cars ready for the race — and completely different circumstances once the race begins. One thing is for sure: it is never boring …

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Frontstretch Podcast: The Kevin and Kyle Show & Silly Season Anticipation

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The latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast features the Frontstretch duo of Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discussing the positives and negatives of a crucial week in NASCAR this season. Kevin Harvick won his series-high seventh victory at Michigan International Speedway, though it was Austin Dillon that shined — recording his first top-five finish since winning the Daytona 500. The …

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The Frontstretch 5: Pieces in NASCAR’s Silly Season Puzzle & Where They Could Fit

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1. Kurt Busch 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Busch won’t return to powerhouse Stewart-Haas Racing next year. Each driver move creates two pieces to the puzzle, as the ride he vacates will need to be filled. In this case, it’s pretty likely that Cole Custer will take over the No. 41, so Busch …

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The Underdog House: A Slow Descend Down the Irish Hills of Michigan

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Think Small Perhaps Michigan International Speedway is the only place you can graze 200 mph and be considered “off the pace” from the front-runners. That’s right. This weekend, if you weren’t hitting 200 mph average around the 2-mile track in qualifying, you were barely in the top 20. Darrell Wallace Jr. was the top Monster …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Sweeps Lucky Number 7

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Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick has done it again. For the third time in his seven victories this year, he swept all three stages of the race. Harvick led 108 laps, won every stage and beat the competition into submission. He became the second driver in 20 years to have seven wins through 23 …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Star in Chaotic Coke Zero Sugar 400

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Think Small Unlike any other race this year, if you weren’t up front Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, you were on your way to a great night. So, naturally, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 was a race where the underdogs starred. Once many of the fast cars crashed out, most of whom in the …

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The Underdog House: Clean-And-Green Bites Hard at Small Teams

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Think Small Sonoma Raceway offered a few new twists to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this weekend. And for the underdogs, it was the first of only three times all year where their road course pros can especially come in handy. From Chris Cook, Tomy Drissi and Justin Marks, the smallest of the small …

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