Race Weekend Central

Four Burning Questions in Michigan: High Speeds, Stakes & Attrition

Credit: Yvonne Leonard

Do you like speed? Do you like it when race car drivers pilot their beastly machines on the very limit of traction? If you answered yes to the above questions, this weekend’s Quicken Loans 400 from Michigan International Speedway will likely be of interest to you. Record speeds have been the big story of the …

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Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Quicken Loans 400

Credit: Yvonne Leonard

In a blistering fast lap during Friday’s qualifying session at Michigan, Kevin Harvick earned the pole position for Sunday’s race after pacing all three qualifying rounds. Harvick set a new track record in the third and final qualifying round, with a speed of 204.557 mph, the fastest qualifying lap since Bill Elliott’s lap of 212.809 …

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Best Bet in Brooklyn is Junior’s Michigan Magic

As the Sprint Cup Series heads off to Michigan International Speedway, it’s certainly possible Dale Earnhardt, Jr. could post back-to-back victories for the first time in his career. Having capitalized on a mistake by Brad Keselowski, the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet knocked Pocono off of the list of tracks he’d never won at, …

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: Pocono-Michigan Edition

In many ways, the Sprint Cup Series’ venture to the Pocono Mountains was a microcosm of the season to date.  There was a singular figure who led many a lap, multi-time champions finding ways to struggle, and frontrunners succumbing because of the not-so-alive half the alliance between man and machine.  The end result was very …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas

Even with changes in recent years to change things, the need for clean air is still apparent on intermediate tracks, and it really showed on Saturday. Even Kevin Harvick, who easily had the best car in the field when out front, struggled to make any headway when he was in traffic.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

Kyle Larson continued to show that he’s not only a threat for Rookie of the Year honors, but also for winning. Larson got the top starting spot by virtue of his practice speed after qualifying was rained out, part of showing speed and prowess all weekend long. Unfortunately for Larson, he got tagged by Bowyer on the first lap of the race which dropped him to the rear of the field. Larson was able to recover somewhat to finish 16th, still good for Rookie of the Race honors, but clearly lacked the confidence and speed to get back to the front after that moment.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Auto Club 400 at Fontana

It may not have affected everyone, but Denny Hamlin’s sinus infection certainly impacted the No. 11 team, who had to make a driver change at the 11th hour as Hamlin was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Sam Hornish Jr. was already on hand for Matt Kenseth, whose wife Katie is due to give birth to the couple’s third child, but wound up in Hamlin’s seat instead after doctors advised the driver to sit the race out. His vision was getting affected, to the point he failed a “follow the finger” test and was actually losing sight in one eye.

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2014 The Profit on CNBC 500 at Phoenix

Key Moment – Kevin Harvick missed the final 12 in “knockout” qualifying by .001 seconds and started the race 13th based on that result. While Harvick won practices and the race, his stumble in qualifying was the only thing that added any excitement to the weekend. In a Nutshell – Harvick won everything but qualifying at Phoenix …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 The Profit on CNBC 500 at Phoenix

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered with each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? It shouldn’t have been unexpected. Anyone who didn’t think Dale …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2014 Budweiser Duels at Daytona

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