Race Weekend Central

Up to Speed: Which Drivers Are Likely to Tame Darlington in its 2020 NASCAR Return?

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The 2020 NASCAR season, paused for about two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is less than a week away from resuming.  The first two races will be held at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, about a two-hour drive from race shops in the Charlotte area.  They include a 400-mile event on Sunday, May 17 …

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Fire on Fridays: Brad Keselowski Should Stay at Team Penske

Brad Keselowski

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The NASCAR Cup Series will see plenty of change in 2021, from the cars to the schedule. But the biggest change may be the driver lineups at each team, as nearly a quarter of the Cup drivers are set to be free agents at the end of 2020. Arguably the biggest name of all those …

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Frontstretch Podcast: New Package Debuts at Phoenix, Brandon Jones Chats Xfinity Win

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the 2020 short track package as it debuted over the weekend at Phoenix Raceway. Joey Logano wound up the victor, winning his second race of the young season. Meanwhile, Tyler Reddick entertained, coming from the back to the front, only to end up with a …

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Stock Car Scoop With Bryan Nolen: Mid-Week Update

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Who signed a big multi-year deal to remain with the only team this driver has been at in his career? Also, Ryan Newman returns to a racetrack for the first time since his horrific accident. What is the latest on the Rocketman? Last but not least, all three series are back in action this weekend …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 FanShield 500 at Phoenix

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The Headline(s): Holding off Kevin Harvick on two successive late-race restarts, Joey Logano prevailed in overtime to win at Phoenix, his second win of 2020, 25th career Cup Series win and 56th NASCAR national series victory. Fast Fords win races! Proud of our 22 @shell @pennzoil team. We learned a lot today and will be …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Fan Shield 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Joey Logano’s heart probably sank lower with each late restart. He had the best car in the late going, but he had Phoenix master Kevin Harvick to contend with on the final restarts, and Harvick’s car was fast on short runs. Logano is one of the …

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Ryan Blaney Re-Signs With Team Penske

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Ryan Blaney has signed a contract extension with Team Penske in the NASCAR Cup Series that will keep him with the organization long past the 2020 season, the team announced Friday (March 6). Blaney has signed a multi-year extension with the team. The 26-year-old currently drives its No. 12 Ford. “Ryan is a true talent …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Fun Fontana, Anthony Alfredo Relives Xfinity Debut

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a fun weekend of racing at Auto Club Speedway that saw Alex Bowman pick up his second career victory. The duo will discuss if Chevrolet is back, Toyota’s struggles (or lack thereof) and who has stood out in the Ford camp so far this season …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Which Young Star is Poised to Have a Breakout Season?

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This season has given us many surprises so far between the drivers running up front and the quality of racing. So many people did not expect races to be as good as they have been, especially with the drivers who have been fighting it out for the wins. 2020 is an important year for many …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Auto Club 400 at Fontana

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The Headline(s): After winning the first stage and showing speed all weekend, Alex Bowman took the lead on lap 133 after a hotly-contested restart to begin the final stage, and never looked back. Gapping Ryan Blaney over the final run, Bowman cruised to his second career Cup victory and third career NASCAR national series win. …

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