Race Weekend Central

Smoke Rises Into Championship Contender

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After his runner-up finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, it’s time to admit it. Tony Stewart is turning into a legitimate championship contender. After completing the last three seasons with equal parts mediocre runs and missed races for a litany of circumstances – all sad or tragic – the 45-year-old appears to have regained his confidence …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 New Hampshire 301

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? The first excuse for Tony Stewart’s renewed strength was NASCAR manipulation. The next excuse was, “Oh, it was just because of fuel mileage.” Now, for the third time in four weeks, this 45-year-old finished inside the top 5 and there are no excuses left. Is Smoke the driver he was 10 years …

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Matt Kenseth Cashes in Late at New Hampshire

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Starting from 18th position, Matt Kenseth went forward from the drop of the green flag, racing his way into the top 10. It wasn’t until 44 laps to go that the No. 20 car took the lead, never looking back. There were a series of cautions toward the end of the 301-mile race, that juggled the running …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Lineup

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday, July 17th for the New Hampshire 301. Maintaining track position and optimizing fuel mileage are just two of the many challenges behind finding success at the “Magic Mile”. The biggest story line going into the New Hampshire 301 this weekend is the surprising …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: New Hampshire Edition

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Admit it, you thought we were done with the Big One after leaving Daytona, but Kentucky Speedway provided us with another crash that took out a big chunk of the field. It also provided us with a true fuel strategy race that caused plenty of drama without the help of a late caution. You’ve got …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2016 Quaker State 400

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Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Are you among those who think that Tony Stewart’s win at Sonoma was a little too convenient?  Well, maybe not so fast.  Stewart showed top-5 prowess again this week, moving steadily up through the field all night to finish fifth.  Stewart showed patience and good strategy en route to …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Kentucky Edition

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The restrictor plate race at Daytona brought us the usual action. That mainly included a big wreck involving something like 206 cars (well actually 22, but you get the point), and the always tense finish with of course, a car sliding over the finish line, because you know that happens all the time. HOT The …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Did Commercials Hinder NBC NASCAR Coverage?

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After a busy holiday weekend covering Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen, IMSA’s latest big event, I was pretty worn out this Fourth of July weekend. Incredibly, you all seem just as worn out with NBC NASCAR coverage this season – or lack thereof – after just one race. NBC’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Coke Zero 400 Reminder of NASCAR Plate Race Problems

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The Key Moment – On the final restart, Brad Keselowski got a much-needed push from teammate Joey Logano. Behind him, the Busch brothers battled (though not with paddles, in a bottle, on poodles). Team Penske’s Logano faded and Keselowski, topping off a dominant night, went on to score his first win at Daytona International Speedway. In a …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Coke Zero 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Perhaps the most positive thing that can be said for restrictor-plate races is that because the cars are more equal than anywhere else, a different group of drivers can shine. That’s what happened Saturday night; a small group of wheelmen whom fans are usually quick to write off shone …

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