Race Weekend Central

Second Big Wreck Collects Daytona 500 Contenders Johnson, Harvick

The final segment to Sunday’s 59th Daytona 500 started off with a bang. It just wasn’t the dynamite several major contenders were looking for. A second major wreck, this one involving 17 cars eliminated seven-time Cup champ Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, and Danica Patrick, among others while changing the complexion of a race that had been …

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NASCAR 101: Your Cheat Sheet to Cup Series’ Team & Driver Changes

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Good lord, is it really that time of year again? Despite an offseason that frankly felt like a four-week break, it is indeed true: NASCAR racing is back, and even though you just now figured out who Kaulig Racing is and finally learned how to spell half the new Camping World Truck Series drivers’ names, too bad, …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s the Top NASCAR Rookie For 2017?

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Carl Edwards pulled off a move that shocked the racing community, announcing he’ll step away from NASCAR competition full-time.  If Edwards has really hung ’em up for good, what is his legacy in the sport?  Is he a future Hall of Famer? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I think he goes down as one of the …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Chris Buescher

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Sure, Chris Buescher’s career was on the rise entering 2016. But not even Buescher predicted he would be one of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookies to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Everything changed for the Texas native come Aug. 1. The weekend was already strange, with poor weather slapping Pocono Raceway across the face …

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Friday Faceoff: What’s on NASCAR’s Horizon?

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NASCAR announced Monster Energy as the new entitlement sponsor in its premier series, replacing Sprint.  Will Monster be a good fit for the series moving forward? Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Based on Monster’s (pardon the pun) track record in motorsports, the affiliation with NASCAR’s premier series will be a successful one. Based on sight of …

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Chris Buescher Moves to JTG Daugherty Racing for 2017

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Chris Buescher will move to a new NASCAR Cup Series team in 2017. The 2016 rookie, who made the Chase for the Sprint Cup with Front Row Motorsports after winning at Pocono Raceway, will move to a second JTG Daugherty Racing team in 2017, according to Roush Fenway Racing, which is leasing Buescher to Cup …

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Greg Biffle Leaves Roush Fenway Racing; Chris Buescher To JTG?

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Roush Fenway Racing was the first home Greg Biffle settled on in the Cup Series. For 13 years, it’s been the only place he’s driven, collecting 19 wins, 13 poles, and a runner-up finish in points in 2005. Whether it’s the last place he’ll drive in Cup remains to be seen. Biffle left RFR Monday, ending …

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The Underdog House: Putting A Wrap On 2016

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Think Small It’s hard to believe the 2016 season is over—it seems like just yesterday that it began, full of promise and hope.  For some of the teams on this page, it’s been, by all counts, a good season—one of accomplishment and improvement.  For others it’s been a struggle, financial or performance, often both as …

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The Underdog House: A Texas Curveball

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Think Small Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, with its shift from day to night after an hours-long rain delay, did do one thing well: it showed a clear disparity between the elite teams and those striving to reach that mark one day. The intermediate tracks are plentiful on the Cup schedule …

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The Underdog House: Are Small-Time NASCAR Drivers Damaged Goods?

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Think Small It’s an easy mistake to make: falling into the trap of thinking most of the drivers racing for NASCAR’s smaller teams are damaged goods.  Sadly, it’s one that even team owners often fall into.  How often have young, talented drivers taken rides in this group hoping for some exposure only to be overlooked?  …

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