NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 FedEx 400 at Dover Edition

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(Photo: Yvonne Leonard, Frontstretch)

Since Sunday was such a great day for auto racing fans, I’m going to bounce around between series a bit for just this week. So here goes: Burnouts (Hot) First, you have to give kudos to Carl Edwards and crew chief Darian Grubb for their win in NASCAR’s 600-miler at Charlotte Sunday night. Grubb, knowing …

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IndyCar Breakdown: 99th Indianapolis 500

IndyCar 2015 Indy Montoya milk credit Chris Owens

(Photo: Chris Owens)

15 years after his first victory in the Indianapolis 500, Juan Pablo Montoya overtook teammate Will Power and held him off over the final three laps to score his second victory in three tries at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Here’s a quick look at the 99th Running of the Indy 500. How it happened: Power looked …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

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(Photo: Pippa Mann)

The series returns to race at its most storied home, but this weekend it races on the other circuit for just the second time.  The race was meant to add to the fun of the month of May at Indianapolis and it looks like it does just that. The one question that might arise is …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

IndyCar 2015 St. Pete Juan Pablo Montoya Will Power racing Credit John Cote

(Photo: John Cote/INDYCAR)

Last weekend the drivers in IndyCar finally got out of their own way (for most of the race) and held a decent event. After the messiness of St. Pete and the less than spectacular debut of the aero kits, followed by the rain-soaked race in NOLA, it was good to have some solid competition. With …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Taking Stock of the 2015 IndyCar Season After 3 Races

IndyCar 2015 St. Pete Juan Pablo Montoya Will Power racing Credit John Cote

(Photo: John Cote/INDYCAR)

Open-Wheel Wednesday – This week is a group chat with Matt Stallknecht, Toni Montgomery, Huston Ladner, and Aaron Bearden.   Huston: What you got to start us off with? Anyone‏? Toni: Well let’s see there’s the new aero kits.‏ Matt: I’d say the aero kits have been a modest success thus far‏. Toni: I’d say …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

IndyCar 2015 St. Pete Juan Pablo Montoya Will Power racing Credit John Cote

(Photo: John Cote/INDYCAR)

So if the debris-fest at St. Petersburg didn’t exactly get your IndyCar juices flowing, then it’s likely that the most recent race in Louisiana did even less to raise your excitement level. Though the organizers and teams, and surely James Hinchcliffe, won’t be calling the race a debacle, from a fan’s perspective the premiere in …

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Happiness Is… Bristol, The Beach & Bahrain

IndyCar 2015 NOLA James Hinchcliffe frontstretch paing Credit Chris Jones

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

Kyle Busch popped out of his groundhog’s hole this week, meaning that NASCAR will feature six more weeks of uninspiring racing. OK, Busch’s appearance may not have signaled such a thing, but surely his absence from the track does nothing to better the product. However, by meeting with the media, Busch did address one of …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Juan Pablo Montoya is Back

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Photo Credit: Chris Jones

A quick note before getting into any kind of discussion about the season opening IndyCar race. While this column may attempt to bring some humor to the sport, I recognize first that a woman attending the race suffered injuries from debris from one of the cars. The reports are that Brigitte Hofstetter is in stable …

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IndyCar Recap: 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

IndyCar 2015 St. Pete Juan Pablo Montoya and team victory lane Credit Chris Jones

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

In a Nutshell: Team Penske teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power fought hammer and tong for the lead all race long, with Montoya edging the defending champ out to win courtesy of a great pit stop with 27 laps to go. Key Moment:  Power had a comfortable lead over Montoya before the final round of …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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It seems like it has been quite some time since the IndyCar Series was ripping around the track. Oh, that’s right, it has. The end of the 2014 season came on Aug. 30, which means that nearly seven months have passed since it ran competitive laps. Sure, they’ve been testing, but that’s quite the layoff. …

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