Race Weekend Central

Entry List: Sprint Showdown

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Drivers who haven’t qualified for the Sprint All-Star Race will have one last opportunity to earn a spot in the field on Friday night in the Sprint Showdown. 25 cars are entered, bringing the total to 40 cars competing this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Under the new race format, the three segment winners will …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Excessive Burnouts Put Teams on the Hot Seat?

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Three races into his return, Tony Stewart is making up some ground on 30th in points, the Chase cut-off for a driver with a win.  How likely does that win look for Stewart in the next 15 races? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I hate to say it, but not very likely. I think Stewart-Haas Racing/Hendrick Motorsports …

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Breaking a Sweat: Top NASCAR Drivers on the Hot Seat

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There’s a few indisputable truths about the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season. Perhaps the most important, cloaked within a playoff system that rewards trips to Victory Lane, is the lack of winners dotting the current Chase for the championship. Just six drivers have earned a first-place trophy through the first 11 races, the lowest number through this stretch …

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Inside Texas Motor Speedway’s Parity Streak

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If you could sum up all of the changes that NASCAR has made to the cars, the series, the rules in the last 15 years in one word, it would be parity. It’s no fun to see one driver dominate the win column like Jeff Gordon did in the 1990s. It’s no fun to see …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Won with Movie or TV Show Sponsors

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What’s your favorite movie? Do you like comedies, dramas, sitcoms, chick flicks? OK, not that it really matters; all movies are great. But, have you ever noticed how often a movie-sponsored racecar goes to Victory Lane in NASCAR? Whenever one is entered in the field it seems like there’s a good chance it’ll cross the finish line …

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Team Penske Paces Second Daytona 500 Practice

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It’s a good day to be a part of Team Penske. Teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski topped the final Daytona 500 practice of the day Saturday, with laps of 195.933 mph and 195.848, respectively. Ryan Blaney, whose Wood Brothers Racing Ford shares a technical alliance with Penske, slotted in third with a lap of …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tops First 500 Practice

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Some things never change: An Earnhardt led Daytona practice. Dale Earnhardt Jr. paced the first Sprint Cup practice for the Daytona 500 on Saturday morning with a fast lap of 194.116 mph. Joining Earnhardt in the top 5 were defending 500 champion Joey Logano (193.853), 2009 and 2012 race winner Matt Kenseth (193.782), rookie Chase …

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NASCAR Announces Eligible Drivers for Sprint Unlimited

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On Monday, NASCAR announced the eligibility criteria for this year’s Sprint Unlimited, scheduled for Feb. 13.  While winning a pole during the previous season will get you into the race, it’s not the only way into the 75-lap show.  Regardless of circumstances, 25 cars will start the 187.5-mile race. The first criteria to qualify for …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Greg Biffle

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10 years ago, Greg Biffle was on top of the NASCAR world. He closed out the year with a win at Homestead-Miami Speedway, his sixth of the season, and he finished runner-up to Tony Stewart in the championship battle. Fast forward to 2015 and Biffle is an afterthought at best. During 2014, Biffle made the …

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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead

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Welcome to our eighth year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Cup race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week! Think you can out-prognosticate our staff?  Leave your …

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