Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chase Elliott Fires Up the Siren a 2nd Time

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline Chase Elliott lost a heartbreaking race at Dover in the fall of 2017 and blamed himself solely for the loss. Sunday was a complete team effort that vaulted Elliott to Victory Lane and a berth in the Round of 8. Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola both appeared headed to victory early …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Rise Through NASCAR Playoff Chaos

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small Every year once the NASCAR playoffs kick off, it’s tougher than usual to see what’s going on with the small teams of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Most of the attention, updates and TV time is directed to the 16 title contenders, and rightfully so. But while the eyeballs of NBCSN and …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Sets Benchmarks with 3rd Straight Win & Penske 500th

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Who’s in the headline Momentum is a beautiful thing when you’re running for a championship, and Brad Keselowski is riding a huge wave of it after winning his third consecutive race and locking himself into the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Keselowski won the second stage and the race in a …

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The Underdog House: Battling Rain & Air in Indianapolis

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small When the four days of rain finally ended for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the next form of nature was yet to make an appearance. It not only affected the underdogs of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series but the XFINITY Series as well with a doubleheader being run mid-day in Indianapolis. That form of …

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Regan Smith: ‘Call Me Whatever You Want to Call Me’

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Late Thursday evening, Leavine Family Racing announced Kasey Kahne would miss this weekend’s Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard due to heat exhaustion from last weekend at Darlington Raceway. In steps “super-sub” Regan Smith. Smith, 34, has made a career of subbing for star-studded drivers, though having a win to his credit in 213 career …

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Frontstretch Podcast: The Champ Is Here

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we breakdown this past weekend’s events at Auto Club Speedway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti, while also previewing the weekend ahead at Martinsville Speedway. Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. swept all three stages on Sunday en route to his first victory of the …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Will Surprise Us All at Talladega?

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Who Could Be a Surprise Cup Winner on Sunday? NASCAR’s Talladega week is where it gets fun for us writers. We get to publish our outlandish, bold winners who we predict may make us look like geniuses for once in our nine-month season. In this week’s Frontstretch Podcast powered by DraftKings, we added a little …

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Sam Hornish Jr. Administers Whooping on Field to Claim Mid-Ohio Pole

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Sam Hornish Jr. was fastest in practice Saturday.  He was just getting warmed up.  In the second round of qualifying, Hornish came into his own.  With a track record lap of 83.921 seconds (96.863 mph), Hornish easily won the pole for the Mid-Ohio Challenge. Hornish’s lap was nearly a full second faster than JR Motorsports’ …

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Mid-Ohio Challenge Entry List

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads West this weekend from Watkins Glen International to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the second of three road course events in the month of August. There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list, and zero Monster Energy NASCAR Cup regulars in the field, as they will be racing at …

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Entry List: Buckle Up In Your Truck 225

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After a weekend off, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Kentucky Speedway. They’ll kick off a tripleheader weekend at the 1.5-mile track in Sparta, Ky. with the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225. There are 34 trucks on the preliminary entry list; they’ll be competing for 32 spots. It’s the first time in …

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