NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Up to Speed: A Steep Learning Curve for Cup Series Rookies

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For two Rookie of the Year Contenders in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, last week’s race at Talladega Superspeedway was a long-awaited bright spot.  Both Ryan Preece and Daniel Hemric walked away with top-five finishes. Preece’s third-place result is a career-best finish, improving on his eighth place earlier this year in the Daytona 500.  …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Corey LaJoie Talks Thrilling Talladega Weekend

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the frantic Talladega Superspeedway weekend that arguably saw one of the best superspeedway races in a long time. It must be that the new rules package worked well, right? The Chevrolet brigade teamed up to sweep all three stages at Talladega, including Chase Elliott getting …

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5 Points to Ponder: Chevy Back on Track, FOX Still Off It

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Are Chevy’s Struggles Over? In the midst of a chaotic 500-mile race, Chevrolet stuck together and captured the victory Sunday (April 28) at Talladega Superspeedway. Hendrick Motorsports finished the race one-two, and a pair of rookies finished in the top five. In fact, six of the top 10 cars were Chevys. Three Fords and a …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 GEICO 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Chase Elliott led the most laps (44) on Sunday, but more importantly, he led the one that counted. It wasn’t necessarily a dominant performance. In fact, 15 different drivers led at some point, and Elliott accumulated his laps led in four separate stints. What Elliott did exactly …

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Daniel Hemric Leaves Talladega with First Top 5

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Running a Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway was a day that Daniel Hemric was glad he was driving a Bow Tie. With the Chevrolet train fully in place through most of the Geico 500, the finish of the 188-lapper saw the manufacturer and its teams ride the low line to victory despite …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Should NASCAR Do with the Rules Package for the All Star Race?

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NASCAR’s All-Star Race was once a race purely built on money, star power and sometimes wacky race formats. Lately, it has been used as a de facto test session for rules packages, adding an element of intrigue to a race that has struggled to maintain the level of hype and excitement it once drew. With …

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Daniel Hemric Leaning on Team in Tough Start to Rookie Season

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2019 was set to be Daniel Hemric‘s big break, his rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Fast forward two months, the season hasn’t gone as planned. Hemric, 28, has an average finish of 27.2 through the opening eight races of the season, with a best outing of 18th at ISM Raceway. In …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2019 Food City 500

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Let’s hear it for short track racing as we set your NASCAR DraftKings roster! The 2019 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway airs at 2 p.m. ET Sunday (April 7) on FOX Sports 1. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars will have no aero ducts and the higher horsepower package for this race. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

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Who…should you be talking about after the race? Some days it’s your day, and Sunday (March 31) was Denny Hamlin’s afternoon. Hamlin didn’t look like he had a car to compete with teammate Kyle Busch early on, and a pair of pit road issues might have ended his bid early.  But Hamlin kept his head …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 2019 STP 500

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It’s time for one of the most popular (and my favorite) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racetrack of the year: the predictably unpredictable paperclip that is Martinsville Speedway. The 2019 STP 500 is the latest FanDuel daily fantasy NASCAR opportunity headed your way. There’s a lot of familiar faces atop the practice charts and 500 …

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