Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas

The Headline(s): Joey Logano weathered a lap 266 restart in the 2020 Pennzoil 400 was comfortably ahead when the caution flew on the white flag lap for John Hunter Nemechek’s spin. He claimed a second consecutive victory in the Las Vegas spring race, his 24th career Cup Series win and 55th career NASCAR national series …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Pennzoil 400

Matt DiBenedetto

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Joey Logano successfully defended his 2019 victory in the spring race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, winning the Pennzoil 400 in a Pennzoil-sponsored Ford. Logano was a factor all day, running in the top five for most of the race, but he also got a little …

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Up to Speed: All Eyes on Ross Chastain

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Ross Chastain has had quite the eventful week.  It began with a strong run in the Daytona 500 that ended in a multi-car wreck in the closing laps and concluded Sunday (Feb. 23) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where another good performance went awry late in the race.  With six laps to go, Chastain looped …

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Ryan Newman Releases Statement, Reveals Head Injury in Daytona 500 Crash

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Roush Fenway Racing held a press conference Sunday morning (Feb. 23) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Here, Roush Fenway Racing president Steve Newmark read a statement prepared by Ryan Newman in which he addressed his injuries for the first time publicly. In the statement, Newman wrote that he sustained a head injury in his crash …

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NASCAR Further Explains Safety Procedures in Ryan Newman Crash

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Almost one week removed from the horrific crash that sent Ryan Newman to Halifax Medical Center, NASCAR addressed the safety procedures and gave a timeline of the events that took place at Daytona International Speedway. Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell, along with John Bobo, NASCAR Vice President of Racing Operations, …

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4 Burning Questions: The Wait

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What just happened? The worst thing in the world is waiting. Sure, I’ll admit to being a young, ADHD-diagnosed millennial who can’t stay off of his phone for five minutes. Hating to wait is a normal thing now for a lot of people, thanks to the wonderful gift of technology. Since the death of Dale …

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Amen & Thank You

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This may come as a shock to some, although not as much after Monday night, but racing is dangerous. Strapping into a conglomeration of metal and moving parts that hurtles down the track at speeds around 200 mph can sometimes lead to catastrophic failures. When those failures happen, the potential for injury is quite significant. …

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Fire on Fridays: The Highest Highs, the Lowest Lows

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I’d never felt the palpable energy on Sunday afternoon leading up to the Daytona 500. I’d also never felt the gut punch and fright I felt Monday after the checkered flag flew. The 36 hours from when the 500 began to when it ended, including the events that preceded and followed, had some of the …

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2-Headed Monster: Is It Time for Superspeedway Rule Changes Following Ryan Newman’s Wreck?

The 2020 Daytona 500 was a reminder that drivers can still get hurt in these race cars and we can never be too safe. Ryan Newman‘s accident was one of the scariest we’ve seen in this sport for a long time. Newman is currently recovering, having been released from Halifax Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon. …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Denny Hamlin Wins Daytona 500, Brendan Gaughan Reflects on Career

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff take on a more somber tone, with the incident involving Ryan Newman on the final lap of Monday’s Daytona 500. The duo discusses safety innovations that have come into play over the past two decades and break down the incident in detail. Denny Hamlin was victorious, …

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