Race Weekend Central

Up to Speed: The Changing of the Hendrick Motorsports Guard

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Hendrick Motorsports was riding high in 2014. Jimmie Johnson just came off winning a sixth championship.  Jeff Gordon was having his best season in years and had reemerged as a top title contender.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored his second Daytona 500 victory and snapped a winless streak that had carried on for over a year.  Kasey …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2017 Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? Trevor Bayne tried the fuel mileage game and put himself in position to possibly win his second major race had a caution not came out in the final 40 laps. The 2011 Daytona 500 champion pitted with 42 laps to go, when most of the field did not …

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Kasey Kahne Wins Shocking Brickyard 400

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He didn’t lift. On the final restart of Sunday’s beyond-chaotic Brickyard 400 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kasey Kahne stole the race lead from Brad Keselowski. And when Denny Hamlin crashed down the backstretch, the caution came out past the overtime line, ending the race under yellow. Kahne scored his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: Brickyard 400

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon for the Brickyard 400. You’ll need your daily fantasy NASCAR lineup set by the green flag shortly after 2:30 p.m. ET. Track position plays a big part in your Indianapolis DraftKings strategy. One would think the 2.5-mile track would play like any …

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Voice of Vito: Knowing When To Fold ‘Em and Top NASCAR Silly Season Rides Revisited for 2018

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Chasing Amy Following the unveiling of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Darlington throwback scheme on Tuesday, Junior Nation was at odds with one another, as well as an Earnhardt. What, they didn’t dig the AC Delco scheme that Junior piloted to two consecutive titles in 1998 and 1999? Sorry, wrong Earnhardt. It’s actually Dale Jr.’s wife, Amy, enduring …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Hold The Lobster Edition

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It had been 20 races since a Joe Gibbs Racing car had pulled into Victory Lane after a NASCAR Cup series event. But since it was a team that had been almost dominant last year, it may have seemed more like a full season. Now the question will be in the coming weeks is if …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered By DraftKings: Quaker State 400 Preview

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400 this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. In your latest daily fantasy NASCAR weekend, cars hit the track on Friday at 10 a.m. for first practice, and then at 6:15 p.m. on Friday for Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Here are eight …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 2, Joe Gibbs 0 Edition

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Daytona International Speedway brought the usual excitement, accidents along with underdogs competing for the win at a restrictor plate track on a Saturday night. And you know what? It was riveting television. Any time you go into the last lap of a race and Michael McDowell has a legitimate shot at winning, well, that’s a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Survives the Daytona Pandemonium For Second Career Victory

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Who’s in the headline – It took Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 157 races to visit Victory Lane for the first time. It only took eight more to make a return trip. Stenhouse made a late-race pass coming to the white flag and held off the competition to lead the final two laps to score the victory. …

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NASCAR Opportunity Lost: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. With The Steal

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As the laps wound down at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night, the leaderboard of NASCAR’s Coke Zero 400 read like a Who’s Who of Cinderella stories. You had David Ragan in the lead, running for a Front Row Motorsports team that struggles to crack the top 25 most weeks. Other names in contention included rookie Ty Dillon, Paul …

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