Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Should Lower Level Success Be Necessary to Race in Cup?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kyle Busch indicated drivers should have more lower level success before being allowed to race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Do you agree? Adam Cheek: I believe so. At the very least, they should have a certain number of starts in either Xfinity or the Gander Outdoor Truck Series — maybe 10 or …

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The Underdog House: Viva Lost Vegas

2019 Las Vegas I Cup Ty Dillon Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top of the Class The bright lights of the Vegas strip bring all the underdogs out in hopes of striking a big win and becoming a big dog instantly. Rarely do such things happen in the city and certainly nothing like that happened on the racetrack Sunday. Ty Dillon carried the torch for the underdogs …

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Friday Faceoff: Are There Safety Issues NASCAR Should Address?

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#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Discount Tire

Safety concerns have been mounting after some harrowing accidents across all forms of racing over the past couple weeks. Is there a particular area in NASCAR that needs to be further addressed? Adam Cheek: SAFER barriers all around. Yes, NASCAR’s done a great job putting them in the most problematic areas of most tracks. However, …

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The Underdog House: Kiss My Bricks

2019 Daytona I Cup Bubba Wallace Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top of the Class Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. hasn’t had too much to get excited about lately. In fact, it’s been over 18 months since his last top-10 finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Questions about his ability and job security have swirled like a Midwestern twister, but he and team owner Richard …

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The Underdog House: Throwback Style

2019 Darlington Mencs Matt Dibenedetto Car Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top of the Class Matt DiBenedetto might want to head to Vegas a little early. After all, he has been on quite the heater lately. DiBenedetto scored another top-10 finish on Sunday night (Sept. 1). Actually, thanks to a little adverse weather, it ended up being Monday morning by the time the checkered flag waved. …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Allow Teams to Have More Than 4 Cars?

2019 Talladega Cup Mencs Zach Catanzareti Hendrick Motorsports

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Regarding the suspensions of both Bayley Currey and Matt Borland, did NASCAR handle them appropriately, or should something be done differently going forward? Adam Cheek: I believe so. There’s no place for that in the sport; if you’re going to use substances prohibited by NASCAR — on your own time or in the offseason — you’re …

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The Underdog House: Who to Watch As the Season Winds Down

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The racing season may be winding down, but the action is going to get more and more intense as we close in on Homestead-Miami Speedway. Every competitor knows that this is the time to make an impact. Some drivers are chasing a championship while others are auditioning for their next opportunity. So just which underdogs …

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The Underdog House: DiBenedetto Writing a Resume on Concrete

2019 Mencs Bristol Matt Dibenedetto Car Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top of the Class Matt DiBenedetto is driving like his career depends on it. Well, it sort of does, but the world is getting a really good look at how competitive the fire in him is and how impressive he can be when he turns that pressure into motivation. More than three years after DiBenedetto …

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The Underdog House: Road Warriors

2019 Watkins Glen Mencs Matt Dibenedetto Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top of the Class Matt DiBenedetto might need a new nickname soon. “Guido” is fun and everyone loves “DiBurrito,” but “King of the Road” might be just as fitting. The 27-year-old from Grass Valley, CA landed sixth in the final rundown at Watkins Glen International on Sunday (August 4). This coming after he raced to …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Drivers Go Toe To Toe On Social Media?

Brad Keselowski Phone

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For the second time in less than a year, Jimmie Johnson will have a new crew chief. Was the move necessary and will it help their results? Mark Kristl: The move felt like a Hail Mary from Hendrick Motorsports. In his first year with Ally as his sponsor, Johnson has underperformed. Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman …

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The Underdog House: A Different (Tri)Angle

2019 Pocono Mencs Chris Buescher Car Nkp

(PHOTO: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top of the Class The majority of the battles for supremacy in terms of underdogs in 2019 have been between Chris Buescher and Matt DiBenedetto. Sunday (July 28) at Pocono Raceway was just more of the same. Buescher and the No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy took top dog honors, but not by much. His …

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Friday Faceoff: How Late Is Too Late to Finish a Race?

2019 Daytona Iwsc Rain Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Ryan Newman moved into a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff spot based on his finish last week, bumping Jimmie Johnson. Who is more likely to make the postseason? Frank Velat: Neither deserves to be in at this point, but that’s a whole other story. Ryan Newman has the immeasurable advantage known as momentum. He’s …

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