Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 Alabama 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? On a day where many playoff drivers found Talladega Superspeedway trouble, only four of 12 championship-eligible drivers finished the 500-mile wreckfest. There was a golden opportunity for someone outside the postseason like Dale Earnhardt Jr. to steal the victory. But in the end, Brad Keselowski fought off the Earnhardt nostalgia …

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Entry List: Drive for the Cure 300

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After a weekend on the high-banked concrete surface at Dover International Speedway, the NASCAR XFINITY Series heads home to Charlotte Motor Speedway. They’ll be running the Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for the event and 40 spots …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR Must ‘Cope’ With Slow Cars On Track

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Think Small After last weekend’s race at Richmond Raceway, where Derrike Cope brought out a late caution while racing several laps down, fans and some media suggested Cope should have been removed from the track by NASCAR long before the incident. That group, which included regular season champion Martin Truex Jr., claimed Cope was so far in …

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The Underdog House: The Invisible NASCAR Season

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Think Small Ah, fall.  Race fans can welcome cooler temperatures, cheer for their favorites in the playoffs…and kiss the chance of seeing the smaller teams mentioned during the broadcast goodbye. With the exception of Ryan Blaney, who made the postseason, all other underdogs will fade into the background of championship talk. That goes for any …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Crucial Element is Still Missing from the At-Track Experience?

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Technology is always changing, for better or for worse. In auto racing, technological advances have made vehicles not only faster, but more durable. However, the experience at American racetracks is far behind the 21st century. What is WiFi? Well, according to some tracks, no one knows what in the world it is, and that’s a major …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things That Don’t Sit Right

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1. Dollars to Doughnuts When an NBC producer handed Daniel Suarez a box of doughnuts and asked him to pass them out to fans at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, it was a fun, lighthearted piece with a likeable rookie driver. But a few weeks later, it cost Suarez a sponsor. Subway, which had …

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Germain Racing Re-Signs Ty Dillon, GEICO to Multi-Year Deal

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Ty Dillon is staying put at Germain Racing, the organization announced Tuesday. The No. 13 car will continue with Dillon as the pilot of the GEICO machine as both sides have inked a multi-year extension with Germain Racing. “Being able to partner with GEICO all these years has been a source of great pride for our …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Denny Hamlin Makes Darlington Personal Playground

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On Saturday morning Denny Hamlin scored his fifth pole at Darlington Raceway. Just a few hours later, though having to work for it, he put the “Flying” No. 18 car into Victory Lane for his fifth win at the famed racetrack during the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200. Hamlin dominated early, leading the opening 31 …

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Did You Notice?: 12 NASCAR 2017 Storylines With 12 Races Left

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Did You Notice? … The past few days marked the last off weekend of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season? Starting Sunday at Darlington, we’ve got 12 races in a row which culminates with the crowning of the champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. In a season filled with mixed reviews, there’s still plenty of …

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Entry List: Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200

After a weekend of road course racing from Wisconsin, the final right-turn race of the season for NASCAR’s XFINITY Series it’s time to head south. They’ll visit Darlington Raceway for the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 on Saturday afternoon. There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for this throwback event. That means one team will be …

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