Race Weekend Central

Kyle Busch Sneaks by Chase Elliott for Monster Mile Win

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There’s a reason why you watch until the end. It’s the very reason Chase Elliott was denied victory again Sunday at Dover International Speedway, as Kyle Busch passed the No. 24 driver with two laps to go to steal the win in the Apache Warrior 400. Busch, who started second and fell back early, battled …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Breaks the Points Tie in Cutoff Dover Race?

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Who Breaks the Points Tie in Cutoff Race at Dover? Despite the fact we have 28 races of playoff and stage points stacked up to every playoff driver entering this weekend at Dover International Speedway, Sunday will come down to every point. Four drivers will exit the championship group after Dover as Round 1 wraps …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: The Late Edition

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Sometimes circumstances happen that are completely out of your control that prevents you from doing something you enjoy. That’s the case with the late version of this week’s column and that was the case with a few drivers during Sunday’s race at Hampshire, who would’ve much rather finished up front rather than in the back. …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Escapes New Hampshire on Playoff Cutline

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Coming into New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had low expectations. When the No. 17 unloaded off the hauler on Friday, it became more apparent the team was going to have to salvage a points day on Sunday. Stenhouse started the ISM Connect 300 from 24th position, lowest of the 16 playoff drivers. And …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: ISM Connect 300 Preview

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DraftKings’ daily fantasy NASCAR heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the ISM Connect 300. This race marks the second event of the first round in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The green flag flies Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Cars will hit the track on Friday at 11:30 …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Blues Brothers Edition

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NASCAR’s version of the playoffs began Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. But if you were looking for some kind of markedly different outcome than what you have seen for much of the season, you came away feeling a little blue. That’s unless you are a Martin Truex Jr. fan, of course. In that case, there are plenty …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Leading Laps Edition

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NASCAR’s version of the playoffs is here starting this week at Chicagoland Speedway. But the playoffs for some were this past Saturday night in Richmond. None of on the outside of the playoff picture were able to photobomb that picture and steal a little attention to those already in at the start of the night. …

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5 Points to Ponder: Don’t Sleep On… Denny Hamlin?

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ONE: Don’t Sleep On…. Denny Hamlin? 24/7 news cycles these days can cause storylines to be greatly exaggerated. So it’s no surprise everyone and their mother screamed, “Don’t sleep on Denny Hamlin!” seconds after his astounding Darlington comeback. It’s true Sunday’s Southern 500 was perhaps a stepping stone in Hamlin’s career. A driver who’s at times …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Throwback Edition

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Darlington had what is becoming its annual throwback weekend with NASCAR’s Cup and XFINITY series each having a number of cars with paint schemes resembling those from the past. But no matter how enjoyable it is to take a look back in time, there is no time like the present for many drivers as there is now just …

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Fifth Third Bank Signs Extension with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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Fifth Third Bank has renewed their sponsorship with Roush Fenway Racing and driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., extending to a multi-year deal in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. “I’m so appreciative to continue racing with them,” Stenhouse said. “It’s great to have partners who believe in this sport.” For Stenhouse, Fifth Third Bank has spelt …

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