Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Watkins Glen A Mix Of Tony’s Tragedy, AJ’s Triumph

Key Moment – On lap 78, Josh Wise stopped in the grass on the inside of the exit of the Bus Stop. Rather than throw a local caution to give Wise an opportunity to refire the car and continue on, NASCAR threw a full-course caution. As a result, AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose drew immensely closer …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Pocono

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made another statement as to why he’s a top contender to win the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship Sunday, sweeping both races at Pocono and scoring his third win of the season. To put this year’s performance into perspective, Junior won only one race in the past five seasons. It was an up …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono – Watkins Glen Edition

The return to Pocono Raceway had it all: widespread pitting strategies, tire-care issues, a high-energy finish and even a Big One. It was the ideal ending to a two-week flat track endeavor. NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series now shifts focus to Watkins Glen International Raceway, where road course specialists will be looking to sneak into the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: GoBowling.com 400

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. after winning the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway. (Credit: CIA)

Key Moment – Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Clint Bowyer pitted when the pits opened after the Big One with 39 laps to go. That decision by Steve Letarte put Earnhardt in position to take a splash of gas to make it to the finish of the race. Earnhardt made that final stop to top off …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Completes Season Sweep at Pocono

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Earlier this week Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finally learned the identity of his new crew chief in 2015, but in the meantime he isn’t ready to close his storybook relationship with current crew chief Steve Letarte quite yet. Employing a well-conceived fuel strategy by Letarte, Earnhardt was able to hold off Kevin Harvick on a restart …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Pondering Pocono’s Fifth Truck Race

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When the Camping World Truck Series takes on Pocono Raceway Saturday afternoon, it will mark the fifth race at the facility but the first to run 150 miles instead of the standard 125 from the past four years. It’s a change designed for long-term impact, the series expected to race at the Tricky Triangle for …

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Mobil 1 to sponsor Kevin Harvick at Pocono Raceway

Kevin Harvick during All-Star Qualifying in May / (C)Yvonne Leopard/Frontstretch.com

ExxonMobil announced on Monday they’re expanding their partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing, adding another primary sponsorship race to their schedule. However, it’s not with Tony Stewart, who they back consistently as part of a multi-year deal with the No. 14 Chevrolet. Instead, they will be the primary sponsor for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 for the GoBowling.com …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Throws Kitchen Sink At NASCAR In Final Season

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ESPN has been part of the 2014 season due to its year-long tenure as the broadcaster of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, but last weekend, the network hit the true beginning of the end with the start of its final season of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage. But how, exactly, did ESPN fare as it expanded …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Crown Royal/John Wayne Walding 400 at Indianapolis

The better words here might be what affected the lack of action, because Sunday’s race, typical Indy fare, had far less of that than many events this year. And while tires and cars play a role, the fact that Indy itself is a big, flat track is what hurts the action the most. A racetrack can have all the history and prestige in the world for one type of racing, but that doesn’t make it an important place for everyone to race. Indy was built as a test track, and for Indy cars, it’s an ideal venue… but not for stock cars.

Four Burning Questions at the Brickyard: The Drive for Five and an IndyCar Ringer

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Simply reading those three words in succession should incite a fit of shivers up the spine of any race fan worth his/her salt. NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series will invade the historic facility today for the 21st annual Brickyard 400. It seems wild to think that Indianapolis has been on the schedule for …

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