Race Weekend Central

Tires: The Decision That Changed Texas Outcome and the Precedence It Sets

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We are all very familiar by now with the altercation that took place on track during the closing laps at Texas Motor Speedway and the chaos that ensued into Sunday evening. All week questions have been debated ranging from whether there was a hole big enough to make a move to whether the suspensions and …

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Newman, RCR Consistency Could Shake Adjusted Title Battle’s Purpose of Winning

2014 Dover Ii Cup Ryan Newman Helmet Cia

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Last Sunday a team that earned its fourth top 5 of the season with a record of zero wins and a total of 41 laps led is in prime position to contend for the championship in the top level of stock car racing come Homestead. Let that sink in for a moment. In a modern world …

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Friday Faceoff: Feuds, Winning & the Dynamic Duo’s Demise?

2014 Martinsville Cup Martin Truex, Jr., Casey Mears, Kasey Kahne, Brian Vickers, More Wreck Credit Cia

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Welcome to Friday Faceoff! What do you get when you take some hot-button NASCAR topics and hand them over to our dedicated and… er, opinionated staff? A little disagreement and a whole lot of thought-provoking insight! Check out this week’s edition to see what everyone is arguing… um, we mean, discussing this week! Martinsville Speedway‘s …

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Search for On-Track Improvement Needed after Off-Track Drama

We have heard it all too much recently: the fan commenting to the world that “the race was boring, but what happened afterward was awesome!” For those with an eye for excitement, one would have to agree to a point. In the short term, drama draws attention to the sport and may even increase viewership from …

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Does the Future Continue to Look Bright for Jamie McMurray?

2014 Dover I Cup Jamie Mcmurray Car Cia

Can you believe it has been 12 years since we witnessed Joplin, Mo.’s Jamie McMurray shock the masses with a win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start? Here he is in 2014, still virtually with the same team owners and still with a shot to win many weekends, …

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NASCAR Rule Changes Creating Some Fascinating Conundrums

2014 Michigan Ii Cup Ryan Newman Josh Wise Racing Cia

It was January of 1990, and one of what I’m sure were several children traveled with his family to an annual motorsports show in Valley Forge, Pa., to see high-profile drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace, Terry Labonte, Harry Gant and Kyle Petty. In the weeks leading up and following, these drivers …

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Larson Shows That “Challenger Round” is Not Only for Chase Challengers on Race Day

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Kyle Larson has lived up to the hype that preceded him prior to the start of the season. But what about the rest of the rookie contenders? Credit: CIA Stock Photography

  Kyle Larson turned up the aggression and performed remarkably in the closing stages and during much of the MyAFibStory.com 400. In his first Sprint Cup Series start at Chicagoland Speedway, the rookie who just missed out on a spot in the new ten-race Chase format showed no weakness as he fought season-long championship contenders …

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Fans in Attendance Following the Richmond Race the Big Winners

2014 Richmond Ii Cup Fans With Giant Kyle Busch Head Cia

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With all of the Chase hype resulting in Brad Keselowski’s domination and the lack of any outcome-altering position changes, a rather anticlimactic 400 laps was not an entire loss if you were at Richmond International Raceway. I like to see the positive in things, and after the Federated Auto Parts 400 (and with one fan climbing …

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Playoff Success: Winless Wonders Have Their Day at Atlanta

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Last week, a running theme from Bristol revolved around teams missing their season-long opportunity to capitalize on a win. Several winless drivers, whose best shot might have been at Thunder Valley, instead looked like they were struck by lightning, thrown backwards while the sport’s best teams padded their playoff spots. My, what a difference eight …

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Playoff Problems: McMurray, Winless Drivers Stumble At Bristol Opportunity

2014 Watkins Glen Cup Jamie Mcmurray Clint Bowyer Cia

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Several drivers that have already won this year saw their race go sour fairly early on during the running of Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.  That left the window open for many, who have not been as fortunate to win a race this season, to capitalize on the opportunity to punch …

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The Curious Case of Kyle Busch

2014 Michigan Ii Cup Kyle Busch Car Ii Cia

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While household names such as Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Brad Keselowski continue on a road to success even with a few speed bumps along the way, Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 saw Kyle Busch put out of contention early for the third race in a row.  His talent has never been questioned and he …

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Cracking the Case: NASCAR Star Involvement in Racing’s Proving Grounds an Extremely Tricky Situation

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On a Wednesday evening in Kalamazoo, Mich., a packed house of fans watched NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kyle Busch race twice in one night. David Ragan was also in the field for the CRA Super Series race and has been known to dabble quite a bit with his Super Late Model. This trend is …

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