Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: Clint Bowyer Struggles On

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Two-Thirds Down: With the conclusion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, we’re now exactly two thirds through the longest season in all of professional sports. Just a pair of races remain (Darlington Raceway and Richmond International Raceway) before the circuit gets down to the serious business of the playoffs. And …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: The First Time Edition

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If you never think anything good can happen to you… or maybe if that good thing is close to happening, but you think it might not… or maybe if you’re afraid to take the one chance to make that good thing happen — then all three of NASCAR’s major races this weekend were for you, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Kyle Larson Comes Away with First Sprint Cup Win at Michigan

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Who’s in the headline – Shouldering the label of best not to do something can be a heavy burden. For 98 Cup races, Kyle Larson took the green flag but was not the first one to see the checkered. After eight top 5s and 17 top 10s as a rookie, it seemed inevitable that Larson …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Pure Michigan 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Kyle Larson was in the spotlight for his win, but he wasn’t the only driver for Chip Ganassi Racing to take home a top 10 on Sunday as teammate Jamie McMurray came home eighth in his No. 1 Chevy.  CGR has struggled over the last couple of seasons, …

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NASCAR’s Youth Finally Break Through in the Irish Hills

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For much of 2016 — and 2015, 2014 and 2013 for some drivers — fans, teams and critics alike have waited for one of NASCAR’s upcoming stars to soar above the field for a breakthrough win. While we were all treated to one with Chris Buescher’s weather-shortened win at Pocono Raceway, the wait continued for one …

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Up To Speed: Kyle Larson’s First Career Victory Emotional But Meaningful

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If you follow NASCAR, you knew that the potential to see a first-time winner last weekend at Michigan International Speedway was pretty high. Drivers like Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and Austin Dillon had all been running well, leading laps, and finishing in the top five. While Chris Buescher had already earned his …

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Finally: Kyle Larson Tops Chase Elliott for Michigan Win

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After nearly three full seasons of close calls and deflected questions about when his first win would come, Kyle Larson finally found a winning move in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on a late-race restart in the Irish Hills. Larson powered his way around rookie Chase Elliott with a push from Brad Keselowski on a …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Colosseum Marathon Edition

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If you were paying attention to the final weekend of the Olympics in Rio, you might have noticed that the men’s marathon took place on Sunday morning. But for NASCAR fans, and especially for those in attendance at Bristol Saturday and Sunday, the NASCAR marathon took place this weekend as well. It wasn’t quite 26.2 …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Kevin Harvick Wins 24 Hours of Bristol

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Who’s in the headline – A funny thing happened on the way to crowning one of the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers (or affiliate team) the 2016 Sprint Cup champion: the 2014 winner issued a statement at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick has had some strong cars this season, but the runs were derailed through a …

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Friday Faceoff: Should the Chase Get a Road Course?

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1. Watkins Glen International sold out for a second-straight year. Does that prove that good racing will bring fans out to the track, or is this a unique circumstance? Mark Howell, Senior Writer: These two factors are directly connected; Watkins Glen is inherently good racing. Being from that part of the country, I can say that …

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