Race Weekend Central

Kurt Busch Wins Pole for New Hampshire


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After the first two rounds of qualifying for Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, it looked like it was going to be a Toyota winning the pole. However, Kurt Busch had other plans. Busch, three-time winner at NHMS, improved each round, jumping all five Toyotas in the final stage to win …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Kentucky

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visited Kentucky Speedway Saturday night (July 14). Most of the time when a horse dominates in horse racing, retirement is just around the corner, but that’s nowhere near the case in NASCAR. Martin Truex Jr. straight up dominated another MENCS race and he’s nowhere near stopping. Truex joins Kevin …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Quaker State 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Kevin Harvick had a top-five finish at Kentucky Speedway, the best among his Stewart-Haas Racing teammates, but he didn’t lead a single lap. Neither did Kyle Busch, who finished fourth. Instead, Martin Truex Jr. led the lion’s share at 174 of 267, a second straight dominating performance at Kentucky …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Daytona

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series raced the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night. Wait, did I say race? I meant competed in a demolition derby. It had at one point seemed as if all four of the big four were going to make their way up front, but one by …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Erik Jones Dips & Dives to 1st Career Victory at Daytona

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Erik Jones survived the carnage Saturday night (July 7) at Daytona International Speedway. That included eight cautions in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 which involved incidents, including one that gave him damage. But Jones came back from a lap down, breezing through the draft and scored his first career win. Ricky …

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Up to Speed: Drivers go from Hero to Zero at Daytona

2018 Daytona II CUP Kasey Kahne leads NKP

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Daytona International Speedway has been a fixture in NASCAR for 60 years.  Its towering banks and high speeds have held the power to humble drivers from the very beginning. This weekend continued a long tradition at the World Center of Racing.  Drivers arrive in Daytona expressing optimism about their chances to reach Victory Lane.  While …

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4 Burning Questions: When Will It Be Cole Custer’s Time?


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When will Stewart-Haas Racing pull the trigger on Cole Custer? After two years of silly season turnovers, Stewart-Haas Racing looks like it will be making no changes to its lineup next season. It would be dumb to make a move. The four SHR cars, together, are dominating on a level that only Joe Gibbs Racing …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the Overton’s 400

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Kyle Busch (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Even on a team, it’s easy to point fingers and let a setback outweigh performance.  Sometimes the setback is even the team’s own fault, or as in Clint Bowyer’s case, purely driver error. A pit road speeding penalty mushroomed for Bowyer as he drew a second penalty while …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Overton’s 400

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series travels to the midwest this week for its stop at Chicagoland Speedway. The green flag for the Overton’s 400 on Sunday (July 1) is at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. FanDuel debuted its new daily fantasy NASCAR contest at Talladega Superspeedway in April and it will continue on throughout …

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Did You Notice?: 10 NASCAR Winners in 10 Races? It’s Possible


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Did You Notice? … The fab foursome of Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer were at it again? Sonoma saw them 1-2-3-4 for most of the race; they would have finished that way if not for late-race pit stops designed to try and win. In the end, they’ve won 14 of 16 …

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