Race Weekend Central

Going By the Numbers: Should NASCAR Debuts Leave Fans Dazzled… Or Disinterested?

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For the fourth week in a row, there’s a new face on the entry list in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. First there was Ty Dillon, younger brother of Austin, grandson of Richard Childress and competitor in the Nationwide Series, whose debut had been anticipated for months – if not years – at Atlanta Motor …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300

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Kevin Harvick took advantage of a gutsy two-tire call by his crew chief Ernie Cope and Kyle Busch‘s poor track position with 39 laps to go to win the Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The victory marked the fourth win of the season for Harvick and the 44th Nationwide …

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Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon Lead Nationwide Practices at Richmond

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Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon paced the field as the Nationwide Series hit the track at Richmond International Raceway Thursday afternoon. The series returned to the track as preparations began for Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250. Buescher led a trio of Nationwide rookies at the the top of the board, piloting his No. …

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Five Points to Ponder: A Debut For One, One Veteran’s Record And One Race Left

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ONE: ONE TO GO: RICHMOND And then there was one. Just 300 miles and 400 laps at Richmond International Raceway separate us from the end of the regular season and the start of the newfangled Chase for the Sprint Cup format. Kasey Kahne became the 13th driver to win a race this season at Atlanta …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Several drivers had noteworthy nights in Atlanta, but one surprisingly …

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Nuts for Nationwide: It’s No Longer the Kyle Busch Series

The so-called Kyle Busch Show has been rewritten. The 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season has instead been the tale of a rookie named Chase Elliott, with a few chapters on what dominance looks like (in the form of JR Motorsports), along with the fight from the little engines that could in Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher. …

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Fantasy Insider: Gauging NASCAR “Bubble” Brilliance At Atlanta

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Playoff scenarios. You may be bored with all the “what ifs” but when it comes to your fantasy roster, they’re a “what launches” you above your competition. Just what drivers may or may not do with a Chase spot on the line could well factor into how your fantasy team does these next couple of …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Sidesteps Stewart Bristol Salute

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This past weekend, the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series were all in action at Bristol Motor Speedway, but don’t be looking for the latter here. I will be covering the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by Zloop later this week in the Critic’s Annex, along with the ARCA race from …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

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All three NASCAR national series took to the track last weekend, just a mere state border – and then some – away from each other. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series battled at Michigan International Speedway while the Nationwide Series took its second trip to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Unfortunately, having everything in …

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Pace Laps: Jimmie Johnson Success, First Time Nationwide Winners and Powers’ Power

Sprint Cup: A normal race at Michigan for Jimmie Johnson usually means that he runs out of fuel in the final laps after leading for most of the day and having the best car.  Johnson, however, did the other Jimmie Johnson thing at Michigan.  That usually means falling way back in the field and then seemingly arriving …

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