Race Weekend Central

Five Points to Ponder: A Debut For One, One Veteran’s Record And One Race Left

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ONE: ONE TO GO: RICHMOND And then there was one. Just 300 miles and 400 laps at Richmond International Raceway separate us from the end of the regular season and the start of the newfangled Chase for the Sprint Cup format. Kasey Kahne became the 13th driver to win a race this season at Atlanta …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Atlanta – Richmond Edition

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The Chase bubble wasn’t a major area of focus entering the Oral-B USA 500 after Bristol seemingly divided the haves from the have-nots. But as the Sprint Cup Series has shown, things can change in a hurry. After wild-card placeholder Clint Bowyer went to the Atlanta Motor Speedway garage, several drivers who were all but …

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Fantasy Insider: Gauging NASCAR “Bubble” Brilliance At Atlanta

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Playoff scenarios. You may be bored with all the “what ifs” but when it comes to your fantasy roster, they’re a “what launches” you above your competition. Just what drivers may or may not do with a Chase spot on the line could well factor into how your fantasy team does these next couple of …

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Voices from the Cheap Seats: At Bristol, The More Things Change…

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Well, the weekend has come and gone and all that is left is memories – albeit some a bit foggy – of a handful of soldiers who made it home alive along with the task of cleaning out (and repairing) the camper. I did not attend the NASCAR races as a member of the media …

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Several Teams Test at Chicagoland Speedway

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Multiple teams descended on Chicagoland Speedway for the first of a two-day test on Monday at the 1.5-mile oval that opens the Chase in just a couple short weeks. According to a report from MRN, Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing were all represented. SHR said the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Irwin Tools Night Race

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Key Moment – With 67 laps to go the caution flag flew for what ended up being the final time on Saturday night. Matt Kenseth stayed on the track with four other cars while Joey Logano headed to pit lane and bolted on four fresh bolognas. When the race restarted, Logano took the green in sixth position and quickly sliced …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Michigan

Give Jeff Gordon enough chances and he’ll eventually beat you. That’s what happened to Joey Logano as Jeff Gordon pulled off a flawless restart with 17 laps to go, taking the lead and claiming his third win of the season. It’s the most wins Gordon has had in a single season since 2011. It was …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Michigan–Bristol Edition

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not is pretty cut and dry this week. Much of the action occurred on the bubble, with rookie drivers like Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon failing to make any ground on potential Chase berths. Veterans fighting to make the playoffs benefited from their lack of experience, while drivers with a lot …

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Mirror Driving: System Failure, Strategy vs. Speed, and Future Stars

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / …

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Fantasy Insider: Road Course Ringer Equals Marcos or ‘Dinger

When it came to making fantasy auto racing picks for road courses, for years it seemed like a safe bet to look at the so-called road ringers and try to pick up a top 10 finish with a cheap or rarely used driver. But taking a look back at the last three road course races, …

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