Race Weekend Central

Nationwide Breakdown: O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge

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The sun was shining at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon for the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ 31st race of 2014. But it was bright as ever on the Monster Energy Toyota after its driver won the Camping World Truck Series event on Friday night and followed it up with another win the next day. Kyle …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Martinsville

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s win at Martinsville last weekend marked the first non-Chase contender to win a race in the Chase this season. After being eliminated from championship contention last weekend at Talladega, Earnhardt Jr. held off a hard-charging Jeff Gordon to claim his fourth win of the season, first at Martinsville and 22nd overall for …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500

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Key Moment – During the caution flag that flew for the third incident between Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers on lap 278, Steve Letarte realized that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was going to restart in the fourth position, which would have put him in the outside line. Letarte called Earnhardt in, put four tires on his …

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Frontstretch Foto Funnies: Bottoms Up

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Ever see a photo that’s just begging for a caption? We see them all the time! Each week, we’ll pick a few, then let our staff give it their best shot. We’ll post the best ones for you! Want to get in on the fun?  Leave your best ideas …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Talladega

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As predicted, it took until the checkered flag before we knew who would be moving on to the eight-driver Eliminator Round. Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Matt Kenseth all knew what they had to do to continue their bid for a championship: win. Johnson led the most laps, Earnhardt, Jr. led the …

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Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch Lead Practices at Talladega

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The Sprint Cup Series took to Talladega Superspeedway on Friday for two practice sessions on Friday in preparation for Sunday afternoon’s GEICO 500. The first session lasted 60 minutes, and the second and final practice was only 50 minutes. Clint Bowyer topped the first session with a fast lap of 200.385 mph. Meanwhile, only 21 cars ran …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: How ESPN Can Be a Victim of… Itself?

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The fall race week at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the NASCAR equivalent of homecoming week. Heck, we even had a Powder Puff event (the Better Half Dash) on Thursday night. With that in mind, putting on a good show at home is crucial for NASCAR. By extension, it’s important for NASCAR’s TV partners to be …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte – Talladega Edition

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With one race remaining in the Contender Round, some of 2014’s biggest names still aren’t contending. Two former champions left Charlotte Motor Speedway unfulfilled and another rides the wrong side of the bubble. Next, a return trip to Talladega Superspeedway does nothing to clear up a complicated Chase picture. The six drivers inside the cutoff …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Charlotte Chase race 5 – Wrestlemania 31

Key Moment – On lap 328, Brian Vickers‘ No. 55 done blowed up. The cleanup from the oil laid down lasted until lap 332. Rodney Childers, crew chief for Kevin Harvick, decided to leave his driver on the track. Several other cars also stayed out, so the two-lap dash to the trophy was a battle among …

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Fantasy Insider: Rolling The Dice At The Chase Halfway Point

It was back in mid-May when Jimmie Johnson had yet to win a race this season and there were whispers about what was wrong with the No. 48 team. Maybe the relationship between Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus wasn’t what it used to be? Maybe the No. 48 team had lost its edge after …

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