Race Weekend Central

Number Crunching: 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega

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Welcome to Talladega race week. The two races in Alabama have to be my least favorite races to try to pick a good driver lineup for NASCAR Fantasy Live. I equate it to that old game where you have to guess how many gumballs are in a gumball machine… you think you have a pretty …

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Greg Biffle, Brad Keselowski Lead 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 Practice Sessions at Talladega

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On Friday afternoon, the Sprint Cup Series took to the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway for two 55-minute practice sessions that would allow the teams to check out their racecars and see how they work by themselves and in the pack.  Since teams were on two two different strategies for both sessions, it is rather difficult to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

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Who’s in the headline – For the third week in a row, a driver led more than half of the laps in a race, and for the second week in a row that driver won. Joey Logano took the lead on lap 77 of the event and, outside of pit-stop cycles under green flags, Logano …

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Friday Faceoff: Franchises, Replacements, and John Wes Townley

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There has been lots of talk about franchising in NASCAR’s top divisions. Is this the right direction for the sport to look in for the future? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: Maybe. It depends on how it’s done and what it includes. While I don’t like the idea of new teams being essentially locked out of …

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Justin Allgaier’s Future Uncertain with HScott Motorsports

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Sitting amidst the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway, Justin Allgaier was the final driver to leave his team following an abbreviated practice session, something common for the HScott Motorsports sophomore. However, it was not a normal Saturday practice for Allgaier, and it was not because of the wild weather …

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Clint Bowyer Officially Joins HScott Motorsports in 2016

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The next piece in Clint Bowyer‘s puzzle has been solved. The speculation turned into reality early Friday afternoon at Dover International Speedway. Bowyer, 36, will join HScott Motorsports in 2016 with 5-Hour Energy joining him as the primary sponsor. The announcement comes a mere two days following Stewart-Haas Racing’s press conference to announce Bowyer as …

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Did You Notice? Franchising, Justin Allgaier’s Awkward Moment and… Paul Menard?

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Did You Notice? Owners are desperate to inject some long-term financial stability into their teams? NASCAR met with the Race Team Alliance Tuesday and is working on a proposal that would introduce a type of “franchising” system assuring Sprint Cup teams both leverage and automatic qualification for the 2016 season and beyond. NASCAR spokesman Brett …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 myAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? With the Chase underway, it’s hard to be a fan of a driver who didn’t make the cut because if he’s not winning a race or tangling with a Chase driver, he’s going to be largely ignored for the rest of the season. Such was the case in …

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NASCAR 101: Can Anyone Clinch a Chase Spot with a Win?

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You’ve heard it all year: win and you’re in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Well, this weekend marks the final chance for a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to do so. By scoring a victory, while also being inside the top 30 in points and having attempted every race of the season …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Southern 500

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Who’s in the headline – While Carl Edwards’s name appears in the headlines, it is his pit crew that deserves the accolades. The new aero package provided some great racing and passing opportunities, but the race came down to an eight-lap dash for the cash. Fresh tires were good enough for 15–20 laps, so whoever …

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