Race Weekend Central

2016 NASCAR Rewind: Austin Dillon

He may not have shown the speed Dale Earnhardt did in the No. 3, but for the first time, Austin Dillon showed potential for victory. Leading the field to green on two occasions in the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season, the 26-year-old made the Chase for the first time before a heartbreaking result ended his …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Chris Buescher

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Sure, Chris Buescher’s career was on the rise entering 2016. But not even Buescher predicted he would be one of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookies to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Everything changed for the Texas native come Aug. 1. The weekend was already strange, with poor weather slapping Pocono Raceway across the face …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Trevor Bayne

For Trevor Bayne, 2016 was a step in the right direction. Without too much flair or attention, the 25-year-old showed some of the most significant year-to-year improvement in the Sprint Cup Series, earning his first top-5 finish since his 2011 Daytona 500 win and showing flashes of his potential, so strongly needed in Roush Fenway …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: AJ Allmendinger

Much of what can be said about AJ Allmendinger right now has little actually to do with 2016. That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of topics to discuss concerning the driver of the No. 47 for JTG Daugherty Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Though 2016 didn’t bring about the 36-year-old’s best …

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2016 NASCAR Review: Kasey Kahne

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Moved to the hot seat. 2016 season was one of Kasey Kahne‘s toughest seasons of his 13-year NASCAR career. To start, he was coming off a 2015 season in which he led a career-low 66 laps. That number, however, was higher than this year’s total of zero, which was the amount of times the No. …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

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The future looked bright for Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. a few years ago. After all, he won back-to-back NASCAR XFINITY titles in 2011 and 2012 and followed that with a Cup Series rookie of the year title in 2013. Unfortunately for Stenhouse the next two years were sideways rather than improvements over that freshman campaign. That …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Ryan Newman

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Ryan Newman spent the early part of his NASCAR career demonstrating why his nickname Rocket Man was an appropriate moniker. But lately, it seems such descriptions aren’t as fitting as they once were. Such was the case yet again for Newman in 2016. After participating in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship each of …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Greg Biffle

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All good things must come to an end. That’s the motto of Greg Biffle’s 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Biffle ran his final season for Roush Fenway Racing in 2016 driving the No. 16 car. It’s the same number he has driven every race since February 2003. A week after the season Biffle and …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Danica Patrick

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One thing is glaringly evident in observing Danica Patrick’s 2016- she’s running out of time. The 34 year old driver just finished her fourth season at stock car racing’s highest level. Many drivers who have the opportunity to drive in Stewart Haas level equipment have at least shown flashes of brilliance. But in 2016, Patrick …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Casey Mears

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In NASCAR, there are no guarantees, and as such it’s possible for a team to check all the boxes and still struggle to perform.  That was the fate of Casey Mears and Germain Racing in 2016 after coming off the team’s best-ever season at NASCAR’s top level in 2015. A fueling issue in the Daytona …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Aric Almirola

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For Aric Almirola, 2016 was originally a season worth looking forward to.  He had just missed out on qualifying for the Chase in 2015, but earned a career-best three top 5 finishes.  There was a little momentum. However, in the offseason, the team began building their own chassis to supplement the equipment they have been …

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