Race Weekend Central

Power Rankings: Darlington I Edition

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Everyone at NASCAR had to be nervous about how all of the new procedures would work out for the first race without fans due to COVID-19 at Darlington Speedway on Sunday (May 17). However, all went well, and it was a monster of a day for NASCAR, earning the highest television rating outside the Daytona …

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Up to Speed: Which Drivers Are Likely to Tame Darlington in its 2020 NASCAR Return?

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The 2020 NASCAR season, paused for about two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is less than a week away from resuming.  The first two races will be held at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, about a two-hour drive from race shops in the Charlotte area.  They include a 400-mile event on Sunday, May 17 …

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Friday Faceoff: Is It Bad If Drivers Are Friends Away from the Track?

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1. Martin Truex Jr. has not finished better than 14th in the first four NASCAR Cup Series races. What is wrong in the No. 19 camp? Frank Velat: Over the course of the opening four races, two crew chiefs have proved their value. One, Paul Wolfe, has done so by doing everything right. The other, Cole …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is Toyota Up to Par With the Other Manufacturers So Far?

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It is no secret that the Toyota teams have not been as strong as they would like to be to begin this season in the NASCAR Cup Series. Even though Denny Hamlin captured his third Daytona 500 victory, the other teams have seemed to lack speed throughout the first four weeks. We are used to …

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Trendy Tuesday: Martin Truex Jr.’s Struggles Continue at Phoenix

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Phoenix Raceway was the center of attention of the weekend, as the next time NASCAR visits the Arizona desert a champion will be crowned. And after last year’s races, change was needed. Over the offseason, NASCAR introduced the new short track aerodynamic package, which cut off more than five inches from the regular nine-inch rear …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 FanShield 500 at Phoenix

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The Headline(s): Holding off Kevin Harvick on two successive late-race restarts, Joey Logano prevailed in overtime to win at Phoenix, his second win of 2020, 25th career Cup Series win and 56th NASCAR national series victory. Fast Fords win races! Proud of our 22 @shell @pennzoil team. We learned a lot today and will be …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Fun Fontana, Anthony Alfredo Relives Xfinity Debut

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a fun weekend of racing at Auto Club Speedway that saw Alex Bowman pick up his second career victory. The duo will discuss if Chevrolet is back, Toyota’s struggles (or lack thereof) and who has stood out in the Ford camp so far this season …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Auto Club 400 at Fontana

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The Headline(s): After winning the first stage and showing speed all weekend, Alex Bowman took the lead on lap 133 after a hotly-contested restart to begin the final stage, and never looked back. Gapping Ryan Blaney over the final run, Bowman cruised to his second career Cup victory and third career NASCAR national series win. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Las Vegas Brings Competition, Rain and Disagreeing Analysts

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway brought a fair amount of clarity regarding Ryan Newman’s crash in Daytona 500 and the aftermath. If the transcript of Roush Fenway Racing president Steve Newmark’s press conference is to be believed, Newman’s family was joking in the hospital about him “having no neck” and referring to him as thick last …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Pennzoil 400 (Las Vegas)

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It’s Las Vegas Motor Speedway time! NASCAR is motoring into the Sin City after an extremely newsworthy Speedweeks. And now that Daytona is in the rearview mirror, we’ve now come to what many in the garage refer to as the first true race of the season. Nobody really seems to know what anybody has so …

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