Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions After The Go Bowling 400

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? It seemed like it could be Ryan Blaney’s race. The 23-year-old Team Penske driver, contracted out to the venerable Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 machine, started on the pole and won the second stage of the race. Blaney led for a good amount of Stage 3, but lost …

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Ryan Blaney Close to First Career Win But Denied at Kansas Speedway

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Ryan Blaney finally got a chance to race for his first career win on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway… and he almost got it too. After running inside the top five in both practice sessions on Friday, Blaney put the rest of the field on notice that he had speed in his No. 21 Ford …

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Ryan Blaney Scores First Career Pole in Kansas; 11 Cars Fail NASCAR LIS Inspection

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A surging sophomore emerged after Friday night’s NASCAR LIS inspection led to a confusing round of qualifying in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Ryan Blaney scored his first career pole at Kansas Speedway and will lead the field to green in Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400. “I didn’t know during the first two rounds if …

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2017 Frontstretch Cup: Go Bowling 400 Predictions

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Welcome to our 10th year of our NASCAR Frontstretch Cup staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Cup race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week! Think you can out-prognosticate …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast: Go Bowling 400 Preview

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Next up for daily fantasy NASCAR players is Kansas Speedway. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the 1.5-mile oval for the Go Bowling 400 this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Cars hit the track on Friday at 11:30 a.m. for first practice. Then, at 6:45 p.m. that same day they have Coors Light Pole …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Ryan Blaney Discusses Hot Start to 2017

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2017 has started off well for Ryan Blaney and The Wood Brothers, currently sitting 13th in the championship standings, 18 markers ahead of the playoff cutoff. Blaney kicked off the season finishing runner-up in the Daytona 500 to Kurt Busch, after making a charge on the final lap, coming from seventh to second. Since the …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Feels Like The First Time Edition

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Every time the Cup Series goes to a restrictor plate track, we often hear it will be the typical kind of plate race: close packs, a big wreck or two or three and a down-to-the-wire finish. Well, all in all, that’s not the worst formula I’ve heard for exciting racing and you know, it’s probably no …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Impress at Talladega

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Think Small This past weekend’s action at Talladega illustrated again what can happen when the racing is more in the hands of the drivers. There were several different names at the top eager to display their talent.  Aric Almirola nearly pulled off the weekend double, and David Ragan overcame crash damage to finish in the …

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The Underdog House: Changes in the NASCAR Ranks

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Think Small The 2017 season is at the quarter mark after nine races, and some trends are taking shape.  Wood Brothers Racing has established itself at the top of the class, which was to be expected after the team increased its alliance with Team Penske this year. Even within the group, the haves and have …

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The Big 6: Questions After 2017 Toyota Owners 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Kurt Busch, the 2017 Daytona 500 champion, has struggled with consistency since winning the biggest race in NASCAR two months ago. Busch hasn’t had a top 5 since, and has only four top 10s in the first nine races of the season. On Sunday, Busch had a much …

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