Race Weekend Central

Up to Speed: An Actual NASCAR Playoff Bubble Battle? Yes, Indeed

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The completion of this weekend’s doubleheader races at Dover International Speedway was an important milestone for NASCAR.  The Cup Series is now caught up with its original 2020 schedule.  All of the races with revised dates due to COVID-19 are finished, leaving one race remaining in the regular season before the ten-race NASCAR playoff begins. …

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The Big 6: NASCAR Questions Answered After Drydene 311 Race II

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Who… should you be talking about after the Drydene 311? On Saturday, Aug. 22, Denny Hamlin fired a shot across Kevin Harvick’s bow by winning the first Drydene 311 race at Dover International Speedway in commanding fashion. His first career NASCAR Cup Series victory at the Monster Mile gave him six wins on the year, …

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Power Rankings: Double the Fun Edition

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The week’s Power Rankings is almost guaranteed to get at least one “OK Boomer” comment, but I can’t help it that I have been around for so long. The Wrigley Chewing Gum company should sponsor Kevin Harvick, because he doubled his pleasure and doubled his fun last weekend at Michigan International Speedway. In the process, …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR’s Early Stages Turning Into Snoozers, Plus… Christopher Bell

Christopher Bell won at the Daytona Road Course in 2021 Photo: NKP

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ONE: Christopher Bell’s Big Step Up The worst-kept secret in the NASCAR Cup Series was made official Monday (Aug. 10): Christopher Bell is getting promoted to Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20. The move was considered a mere formality after NASCAR owner Bob Leavine announced the sale of the No. 95 Toyota team Bell currently drives …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Consumers Energy 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Kevin Harvick entered the weekend tied with three other drivers for wins among active competitors.  He leaves with two more victories and tied with Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace for 10th all-time. That’s a statement weekend for Harvick in a year where he’s already made plenty …

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Seeing Red: Kevin Harvick Dominates For Michigan Sweep

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In the middle of the 1980s, drivers in NASCAR’s top division had a hard time stopping the red-colored Ford of Bill Elliott at Michigan International Speedway when he won six out of eight races.  History may as well be repeating itself these days. Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at MIS to sweep both …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Michigan 2020

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After the spring race weekend was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, NASCAR has finally returned to the Irish Hills of the Michigan International Speedway. Instead of two NASCAR weekends this season at MIS, it will be condensed into one. Because of this, the two annual Cup races will now be back-to-back in a doubleheader weekend …

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Power Rankings: Dedication to Bob Bahre Edition

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Despite a ho-hum finish, NASCAR’s Cup division put on a great race at the Magic Mile to properly honor the late great Bob Bahre. The selective painting of the traction compound seemed to do the job, allowing drivers to run all over the racetrack. Let’s take a look at the Power Rankings after the 301-lap …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Jimmie Johnson Stumbling To The Finish Line Of Cup Career

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Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race (Aug. 2) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway won by Brad Keselowski was surprisingly… badass. Let’s not forget, NHMS gets a lot of flack for how difficult it can be to pass there. Jimmie Johnson found out the hard way (more on that later). New Hampshire’s rough history, though, was thrown …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

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NASCAR Cup Series teams will try to work their magic for your NASCAR DraftKings rosters this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 will air Sunday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, sparking the sport’s seven-race sprint in August to end the regular season. The track, known …

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