Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: An Emerging Austin Dillon

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ONE: Chicagoland will be the real test for JGR There’s no question it has been a wonderful stretch of racing for the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization, and in particular Kyle Busch. In an eight-race stretch starting at Sonoma Raceway, JGR has won a total of six events (four wins for Busch and two for …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR Aero, Advertising… And Scotch?

Kurt Busch paces the field in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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ONE: Aero Packages Conversations continued on Saturday with the now much more open-to-listening governing body on the much-discussed subject of aero packages. The net of the conversation was that the low-downforce aero package, tested at Kentucky Speedway a few weeks back, will be run again at Darlington Raceway with race-specific tires and then not again …

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5 Points to Ponder: Kasey at the Bat, Deuces Wild & the Fascinating 5

Kasey Kahne rides around Pocono Raceway prior to the Windows 10 400

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ONE: Kasey at the Bat Casey at the Bat is a well-known, much-loved baseball-themed poem written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer. The story of the poem is about a team from the fictional town of Mudville, down by two runs, in the bottom of the ninth, hoping to get their star hitter the “Mighty Casey” …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2/3 Season Champ, a Veteran’s First Chase & Bring on the Dirt

Kyle Larson pit stop at Kentucky Speedway

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Kyle Busch, Sprint Cup Champ? What a blistering run of form it’s been for Busch over the last month, winning three of the four completed races and finishing a respectable 17th at Daytona International Speedway in the only race he didn’t win. Busch now sits just 58 points back from 30th place, having made up …

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5 Points to Ponder: A Way Forward, Crispy Thunder & Fizzling Smoke

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A Way Forward If what we saw on Saturday night is a sign of things to come – if not necessarily this year but next – then I think we can look forward with confidence to some significantly better racing on the much-maligned mile-and-a-half tracks and elsewhere. That the success of the new package also …

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5 Points to Ponder: Austin Dillon’s Wild Weekend, Testing & Halfway Home

Austin Dillon leads the field in the XFINITY Series race at Daytona.

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ONE: Wild ride for Dillon What a wild, wild weekend it was for Austin Dillon, who finished Saturday night in Victory Lane and was lucky just to finish Sunday night in one piece. It truly is a testament to the safety of the cars today that he was able to get out, walk away under …

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5 Points to Ponder: Boogity Bye-Bye, My Tribe & the Weekend Wild Card

2015 Sonoma Cup Pack Racing Credit Danny Peters

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ONE: See you next year, FOX I was at the race on Sunday – more on that below – so thankfully I didn’t have to watch to the final FOX broadcast of the year. I’m sure there were a plethora of maudlin elements and no doubt some crocodile tears as FOX wrapped up their broadcast …

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5 Points to Ponder: Gordon’s Strife & The Worst Words In NASCAR

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ONE: A Week Off 15 races of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series are in the books as we head into a rare weekend off. Just 11 races shy of the start of this year’s playoffs, Jimmie Johnson has the most wins with four in total, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch have two apiece and seven …

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5 Points to Ponder: Truex’s Ceiling, Harvick’s Record & Newman’s Ire

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ONE: How far can Martin Truex Jr. go in 2015? What a popular victory that was on Sunday at Pocono Raceway for Martin Truex Jr. I know that I am meant to be scrupulously impartial – and for the most part I am, honest – but there was something about that win that really warmed …

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5 Points To Ponder: Kyle Busch’s Uphill Battle, Burnt Rubber & Missing TNT

2015 Charlotte All Star Kyle Busch Credit Nascar Vis Getty Images

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ONE: TNT Time Over the past few years, this week would be the point in the season at which FOX Sports would be saying prolonged and distraught goodbyes, replete with plenty of crocodile tears, from the broadcast booth. Up next on the broadcast schedule would have been a six-race stretch with TNT. And every year …

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5 Points to Ponder: Coming Home, 5 More Years & A Shifting Fanbase

2015 Bristol I Cup Aj Allmendinger Helmet Credit Amy Henderson

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Truex’s win is just around the corner It wasn’t to be for Martin Truex Jr. on Saturday night under the lights at Kansas Speedway, but if his performance tells us anything it is that his win is just around the corner. And what a celebration it will be when it finally does come. Truex has …

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5 Points to Ponder: Wild-Card Weekend, Mr. Consistency & Busch’s Waiver

2015 Bristol I Cup David Ragan Car Credit Amy Henderson

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Wild Card Weekend Three words perhaps best sum up this weekend’s 500-mile race at Talladega Superspeedway: Anyone can win. The waning laps of the four restrictor-plate races are often among the most exciting of the season, as the snarling pack of drivers jockey for glory and the checkered flag on the high banks of the …

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