Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: Ryan Newman’s Contract Extension Cements Role At RCR

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ONE: Talladega Looms Large If you watched the race broadcast this past Sunday, you couldn’t have failed to miss the fact that a number of the Chasers had trouble during the race. Specifically: Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott. It was a theme that was hammered home all day long …

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5 Points to Ponder: Who’s Getting Cut?

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Who’s Getting Cut: After Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, the series will make the first cuts of the 2016 Chase. As things stand, it’s Jamie McMurray, Austin Dillon, Tony Stewart and Chris Buescher who make up the bottom four and will be out of contention should all remain constant. Meanwhile, Kyle Larson is …

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5 Points to Ponder: “Chase”-ing The Chase at Hendrick Motorsports

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ONE: Cape Fear For Jimmie Johnson, the comparison to Superman has been made many times over and for most of the first half of Sunday’s race that seemed an apt appraisal as the six-time champion dominated the early proceedings leading a race-best 118 circuits. But then a speeding penalty on pit road in a round …

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5 Points to Ponder: Clint Bowyer Struggles On

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Two-Thirds Down: With the conclusion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, we’re now exactly two thirds through the longest season in all of professional sports. Just a pair of races remain (Darlington Raceway and Richmond International Raceway) before the circuit gets down to the serious business of the playoffs. And …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR’s Title Sponsor Question Marks

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(Photo: Ranier Ehrhardt / NASCAR via Getty Images)

ONE: Bristol Horror Show About an hour before the race finally resumed, nearly a full day after the green flag initially waved on the proceedings, a great friend of mine texted me asking whether or not a divine power hates NASCAR. Now this friend was a former die-hard, never-miss-a-race NASCAR fan of many years. But …

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5 Points to Ponder: Milestones, Memories and Way Back When

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ONE: Four To Go We have just four races to go before the start of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. We begin at Bristol Motor Speedway (more on this below) before the second trip of the season to Michigan International Speedway. Then it’s Darlington Raceway for a second successive throwback weekend before we …

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5 Points to Ponder: Familiar NASCAR Faces Power Up

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ONE: Gordon Returns? Just in case you’ve been living under a rock — at least in a NASCAR context — Dale Earnhardt, Jr. sat out of the New Hampshire race weekend due to concussion-related symptoms from crashes at Kentucky and Daytona. Alex Bowman, who drives the JR Motorsports No. 88 car on a partial schedule in …

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5 Points to Ponder: Tony Stewart’s Milestone and Chase Favorites

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ONE: 600 up for Tony Stewart It was a good evening this past Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway for Tony Stewart who finished fifth in what was a landmark 600th Cup start for the 18-year veteran. The top-5 effort was enough to move him safely into the top 30 in overall points meaning he has …

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5 Points to Ponder: Three Time’s The Charm For Clint Bowyer

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ONE: Halfway Home When the Sprint Cup circus takes to the track this Saturday night under the lights at Kentucky Speedway, it will mark the end of the first half of racing in the 2016 season with 18 races in the books and 18 races still to run. So far this year, we’ve had eleven …

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5 Points to Ponder: Wine Country and the Power of a Win

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ONE: 11 to Go After the off-week for Sprint Cup, it’s back at it this weekend at Sonoma Raceway in picturesque wine country (more on that below). In total, we have 11 races to go before the Chase and ten race winners to date, so there’s still plenty of time for those on the outside looking in …

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