Race Weekend Central

The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Daytona

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series raced the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night. Wait, did I say race? I meant competed in a demolition derby. It had at one point seemed as if all four of the big four were going to make their way up front, but one by …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC, Earnhardt Do Well With Daytona Coverage

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Daytona International Speedway is always intriguing, no matter what happens; it’s a crown jewel for TV broadcasters.  Typically, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 starts the NBC portion of their second-half coverage.  However, due to schedule changes, it is now the second NBC race and the first on broadcast television. The biggest story Saturday night was …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Erik Jones Dips & Dives to 1st Career Victory at Daytona

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Who’s in the headline Erik Jones survived the carnage Saturday night (July 7) at Daytona International Speedway. That included eight cautions in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 which involved incidents, including one that gave him damage. But Jones came back from a lap down, breezing through the draft and scored his first career win. Ricky …

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Up to Speed: Drivers go from Hero to Zero at Daytona

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Daytona International Speedway has been a fixture in NASCAR for 60 years.  Its towering banks and high speeds have held the power to humble drivers from the very beginning. This weekend continued a long tradition at the World Center of Racing.  Drivers arrive in Daytona expressing optimism about their chances to reach Victory Lane.  While …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the Coke Zero Sugar 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? One of the cool things about superspeedway racing is that restrictor plates allow the cream to rise to the top when it comes to driving skill. Yes, plate racing is a skill, and sometimes drivers who struggle at other tracks shine at these events, and vice versa (yeah, …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hoping to Turn Ship Around at Roush Fenway Racing with Newer Cars

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At this time last season, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had a pair of victories at Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway. This season, he’s fighting for a postseason berth. Stenhouse, 30, has three top-10 finishes this season, and currently sits 17th on the playoff grid, 23 points behind Alex Bowman, who sits on the cut line …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Coke Zero Sugar 400

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series makes its way back to Daytona International Speedway for Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400. The green flag flies at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. It’s the latest race for FanDuel’s daily fantasy NASCAR contest. Play at fanduel.com/frontstretch this weekend and you could win $450 cash! First prize also …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick & Kyle Busch Top NASCAR Off Week 2 Retrospective

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Who’s in the headline The most dominant car of the season has been the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick. Harvick has five wins along with the All-Star Race this season. Kyle Busch has four race victories and is the current points leader by 75 over Harvick. Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer have two wins …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Top Driver Might Be Facing A Winless Season?

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1. Once again, weather dominated the headlines this weekend. Do you think there’s anything more that NASCAR can do (tires, start times, scheduling) or is it just a case of “c’est la vie”? John Haverlin: There’s nothing more NASCAR can do. Start times and altering the schedule would be OK, but it takes a lot (television, tracks, …

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NASCAR 101: The Best at Each Cup Track (Without a Win)

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Last week, this space covered the NASCAR drivers who’ve won at the most tracks on the national series schedules. It was a largely Kyle Busch-dominated affair — and with good reason; after all, he’s won at all tracks the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has competed on to date, with the Charlotte Motor Speedway roval …

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