Race Weekend Central

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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2-Headed Monster: How Will Erik Jones Fare in His Rookie Season?

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One of the worst-kept secrets of the season was officially revealed on Sunday when Furniture Row Racing announced that Erik Jones would be moving to Sprint Cup full-time in 2017. Jones, a Joe Gibbs Racing development driver, will move to JGR’s satellite operation in 2017, driving the No. 77 Toyota as a teammate to Martin Truex, Jr. For …

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Ryan Blaney Loses Pit Selection at Bristol due to Watkins Glen Warnings

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On Wednesday morning, NASCAR issued their weekly penalty report.  Given that last weekend’s races were at Watkins Glen, the list could have been extensive.  However, that was not the case as no graded penalties were issued due to infractions found at Watkins Glen.  Only two teams were given warnings. The team hit hardest in Watkins …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: NASCAR’s Right-Turn, Left-Turn Edition

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There was a time when the two road races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule were like sideshows, separate from the main event and not exactly fan favorites.  Drivers who had limited road course experience simply struggled to survive. But after the last few seasons of weaker competition on ovals, better driver preparation and a …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Watkins Glen Lineup

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Watkins Glen on August 7th for the Cheeze-It 355. Watkins Glen is the second of two road courses the series travels to in 2016. The weekend was headlined by the return of Dale Earnhardt Jr., but not to competition. Junior will miss the next two races with continuing …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Pocono Lineup

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Pocono Raceway on July 31st for the Pennsylvania 400. Kurt Busch made his way to victory lane at the “Tricky Triangle” back in June and will look to complete the sweep on Sunday. Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske have combined to win 14 out of the 20 …

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Friday Faceoff: Where Does Kyle Busch Stack Up to Racing Royalty?

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NASCAR has run three different packages at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the last three years, and none of them has produced a memorable race.  Is there anything else that can be done to make Indy live up to the hype? Mark Howell, Senior Writer: I have two suggestions:  either 1) widen the racing surface so we can …

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