NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Up to Speed: A Steep Learning Curve for Cup Series Rookies

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For two Rookie of the Year Contenders in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, last week’s race at Talladega Superspeedway was a long-awaited bright spot.  Both Ryan Preece and Daniel Hemric walked away with top-five finishes. Preece’s third-place result is a career-best finish, improving on his eighth place earlier this year in the Daytona 500.  …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2019 Gander RV 400

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After a wild, flip-flopping Talladega race, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to another track that can bite your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings roster. Dover International Speedway, also known as the “Monster Mile,” is a one-mile oval that can cause havoc for drivers. Miles the Monster is hungry for another car to devour, especially …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Talladega: Endgame

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Chevrolet teams make up about half the field most weeks in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but judging by the results so far this season, it’s understandable to think they were in the half of existence that were vaporized when Thanos snapped his fingers. But just like in Avengers: Endgame, time travel was involved on …

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Bubba Wallace, Michael McDowell, and Others Collected in Lap 11 Accident

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The start of the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway was controlled chaos until a Chevrolet attempted to push a Ford. Bubba Wallace Jr., in his Chevrolet Camaro, attempted to push the No. Ford of Ryan Blaney, and it just didn’t work. The pointed nose of Wallace’s No. 43 on the rear of Blaney’s No. 12 …

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8 Teams Fail Cup Series Pre-Race Inspection At Richmond

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The starting positions for Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway will differ significantly from after qualifying on Friday. Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Matt Tifft, and Joey Gase all failed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pre-race qualifying at Richmond Raceway. These drivers will all forfeit their …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2019 Toyota Owners 400

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It’s time for the last Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race before their spring break. The Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway will air Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX. The package at this short track will be the same they ran at Bristol Motor Speedway last week (no aero ducts and …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

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Who…should you be talking about after the race? Some days it’s your day, and Sunday (March 31) was Denny Hamlin’s afternoon. Hamlin didn’t look like he had a car to compete with teammate Kyle Busch early on, and a pair of pit road issues might have ended his bid early.  But Hamlin kept his head …

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Michael McDowell: This Is The Way I’ve Been, It Hasn’t Changed

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2019 marks Michael McDowell‘s 12th season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but the wily veteran has been in the headlines more this year than maybe any other. McDowell started the season with a fifth-place run in the Daytona 500 and was a major player in the battle for the win. Since then, McDowell’s …

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Martinsville NASCAR Penalty Report: Austin Dillon, Matt Tifft, Ryan Preece Among Those With Loose Lug Nuts

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NASCAR announced penalties Monday (March 25) from this past weekend’s spring 2019 races at Martinsville Speedway. Both teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series were hit with lug nut violations. However, no penalties beyond loose lug nuts were found in post-race inspection. There are no major issues or suspensions …

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The Underdog House: Kicking Up A Little Dust

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Top of The Class Ty Dillon finally unseats Chris Buescher as the top dog this week. Dillon bested the 2015 Xfinity champion by one spot, finishing 15th in the Ticket Guardian 500 at ISM Raceway. For Germain Racing and Dillon, the 2019 season has begun relatively well. Dillon has advanced to the second round of …

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