Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Most Improved Driver of 2016… And Most Dominant

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Did You Notice? … Jimmie Johnson has won a Sprint Cup race at Dover in six of the past seven seasons? It’s a streak of remarkable consistency in line with Johnson’s overall dominance at the Monster Mile. In total, Johnson has won seven times at this one-mile oval since the start of the 2009 season. How …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Gauging Tony Stewart’s Chase Chances

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Another week and another win for Joe Gibbs Racing. It’s more clear than ever that JGR has become the elite team in NASCAR in 2016. Every week we go to the racetrack and it seems as though a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota is the class of the field. At Kansas, it was Martin Truex Jr.’s …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Kills His Kansas Curse

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Who’s in the headline – Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch is doing his best to put himself in position to repeat. Busch started the race in sixth Saturday night and was a top-10 mainstay outside of green-flag pit cycles. Busch moved into the second spot on lap 175 after a restart and was inside the top …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Drops Malachi Crunch on the Talladega Demo Derby for Second Win of the Season

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Who’s in the headline – Brad Keselowski won his first Cup race at Talladega in 2009. While he isn’t mentioned in the same breaths with Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt or Tony Stewart when plate racing prowess is discussed, the bottom line is he won his fourth plate race at Talladega on Sunday. Even though the …

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Eldora Truck Race Adds Aspen Dental as Presenting Sponsor

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The only NASCAR-sanctioned race on dirt has a new presenting sponsor. The July 20 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway will be sponsored by Aspen Dental, speedway owner Tony Stewart confirmed on Friday (April 29) at Talladega Superspeedway. The Rossburg, Ohio, track confirmed the news in a release. “During our five year …

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Happiness Is… Tony Stewart

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Three-time champion Tony Stewart rejoined the Sprint Cup series this past weekend at Richmond after missing the first eight races of the season.  His return brought with it a number of aspects that circle the sport.  Let’s start off with the fact that Stewart found himself getting fined $35k for calling out NASCAR on the …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Receives P3 Penalty for Richmond Infraction

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Three teams had infractions during the Richmond race weekend, with one team receiving a P3 penalty. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing team was found to have an illegal steering system during opening inspection and the team was levied a P3 penalty on Wednesday. Stenhouse’s crew chief Nick Sandler was fined $20,000, placed …

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The Frontstretch 5: Pictures that Say More Than Words Alone

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  If that’s true, the pictures here speak volumes, far more than I could possibly convey in mere paragraphs. Racing, at its heart, is about people. Here, some of the people show a myriad of emotions. Photography is intimacy at its raw core; it sees people as …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Can Anyone Stop Joe Gibbs Racing?

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Did anyone else feel like they were watching a race from the late ’90s/early 2000s on Sunday? With great racing at Richmond – during the day, no less! – and a bump and run that harkened back to the short-track roots of most drivers on the circuit, Sunday’s Toyota Owner’s 400 had just about everything …

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