Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: The Best Race in Motorsports

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The Greatest Spectacle in Racing At long last this weekend, and for the first time ever not during the month of May, it’s the Indy 500 — the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. It’s a nickname that is more than well-earned for a race which to me is easily the most mesmeric in all of motorsports, …

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5 Points to Ponder: Does It Actually Matter if Jimmie Johnson Doesn’t Win Again?

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Does It Matter if Jimmie Doesn’t Win Again? In the past few months (and to be fair, years), we’ve seen a lot of column inches dedicated to the simple question of when Jimmie Johnson will add to his 83-race win total. For those of a mathematical persuasion, the streak has now reached an incredible 114 …

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5 Points to Ponder: A Long Way to Go

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Harvick vs Hamlin. The Big Three. Blah Blah Blah. Back in 2018, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. were a triple threat all season long. So much so that they picked up a moniker – the Big Three. The triumvirate accounted for a remarkable 20 of the 36 wins, but it was Joey …

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5 Points to Ponder: Double Trouble at Pocono Raceway

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ONE: Double Trouble It’s another big weekend for our sport with a doubleheader scheduled for picturesque Pocono Raceway. This will be the first time in the modern era of NASCAR that a track has hosted back-to-back Cup races on consecutive days in keeping, perhaps, with this year of unprecedented change. We start out on Saturday …

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5 Points to Ponder: Opportunity Knocks

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Opportunity Knocks for NASCAR I have to believe 2021 Cup Series planning looks different than it did two and a half months ago — a lot different. With the introduction of the new car delayed by a year as a result of the pandemic, the governing body is free to get out of the box …

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5 Points to Ponder: He’s Still a Robot

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A Historic Night at the Lady in Black For a while now, NASCAR has danced around the idea of primetime mid-week evening races. Tomorrow, we’ll have a chance to see just what that looks like. Last Sunday, the race attracted a robust 3.7 rating (translating to 6.3 million viewers) – the best numbers the sport …

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5 Points to Ponder: Green Green Green

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We’re back! I can’t quite believe that NASCAR is going green, green, green, racing this Sunday afternoon (May 17) at Darlington Raceway. After a terrible couple of months, the simple pleasure of an actual, real live NASCAR race will feel like the proverbial manna from heaven. That we’re returning to on-track action at one of …

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Five Points to Ponder: Two vs. Three Working for FOX

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Two vs. Three My local track is Sonoma Raceway, and I was there last June when good old DW’s duties in the FOX broadcast booth ended after nearly two decades behind the microphone. I saw him at various points around the track across the three-day weekend. From unveiling the tribute paint scheme Denny Hamlin would …

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5 Points to Ponder: A Year of Genuine Change, A Year Early

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A Brand New Year For so long we talked about 2021 as the year of true change in NASCAR, with a (possibly) radical new schedule and a better next-generation car. And while both those things may still ultimately be true, we’ve got plenty of change in 2020 alone. We’ll start with the title sponsor or …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: David Ragan

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While Kyle Busch performed celebratory championship burnouts on the frontstretch at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series in November, David Ragan took a minute to debrief his team on the performance of his car, a 27th-place finish, for the final time in the 2019 season and the final time in his 14-year, 470-race Cup …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Denny Hamlin

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Moments before what turned out to be the final restart of the 2019 Daytona 500, Fox Sports’ Regan Smith snagged a quick interview with Denny Hamlin’s rookie crew chief, Chris Gabehart. And it was fascinating insight into all that was to come in 2019 for the driver of the No. 11 FedEx Camry. Smith reminded …

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