Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Will Silly Season 2016 Be, Well, Silly?

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A Hendrick Motorsports car hasn’t won since Auto Club Speedway, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is still winless and the organization was virtually wiped out in Daytona’s wreck. Is it cause for concern, or is it simply pouring all its focus on experimentation for the Chase? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: It’s silly to think that a four-car organization is …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Darrell Wallace, Jr.’s Fine Does Not Help NASCAR’s Image

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Here we go again.  On Wednesday, news broke that NASCAR had fined another driver for comments the sanctioning body saw as disparaging to the sport.  This time, it was XFINITY Series driver Darrell Wallace, Jr. who drew the ire of NASCAR following last week’s race at Daytona.  The sanctioning body fined Wallace $15,000 for a …

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Pace Laps: Is Brad Keselowski NASCAR’s Best at Plate Racing?

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Sprint Cup: Brad Keselowski, The New Restrictor Plate King? – Every time the Sprint Cup Series goes restrictor plate racing at Talladega, or so it seems, Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski runs up front and contends for victory. Now, the 2012 series champ has added the other plate track to his resume, picking up a first win at the World Center …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Aric Almirola Loses an Asterisk with Daytona Win

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Aric Almirola piloted the No. 98 Biagi-Denbeste Racing Ford to victory Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.  The Florida native won after slipping into the lead on the final lap and running side-by-side with Justin Allgaier as a big crash erupted behind the leaders.  A pack of six cars, led by Almirola and Allgaier, raced …

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Friday Faceoff: Time for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to Panic?

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NASCAR announced a few changes to qualifying, including using owner points instead of practice speeds to determine the lineup if qualifying is rained out and giving a provisional spot to an open team during the Chase if that team makes the playoffs.  Was this the right move at midseason, or should NASCAR have waited until …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Time to Lose the “No Pushing” Rule

The XFINITY Series will make its second trip of the season to Daytona International Speedway on Friday night.  Fans should be in store for another wild contest at The World Center of Racing. However, one of NASCAR’s rules has the potential to turn a great night of racing into a massive controversy that would surely leave …

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Pace Laps: The Buzz Behind NASCAR’s Weekend Fight

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Sprint Cup Series: Tony Stewart’s Triumphant Return to Victory Lane – Coming off a solid race at Michigan International Speedway two weeks ago, Tony Stewart snapped an 84-race winless streak on Sunday, leading the final 22 laps in wine country at Sonoma Raceway. It was a caution on lap 86 that turned Stewart’s race around. The …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s the Best Driver Without a Ride?

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NASCAR said after the races at Iowa this weekend that it’s “happy with the status of Iowa” Speedway as a standalone XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series date. But does the track need a Sprint Cup date, and at what track’s expense? Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: I don’t know if Iowa necessarily needs a Cup date. The …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Looking Beyond the Championship

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If you are a fan of parity in NASCAR, there is good news.  Whoever wins the XFINITY Series championship in 2016 will do so for the first time.  All of the drivers who remain in Chase contention have never hoisted the championship trophy.  It makes the prospect of this year’s championship battle all the more …

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Pace Laps: Sprint Cup Heads to Sonoma, Ryan Reed’s Struggles and Parker Kligerman’s Tough Luck

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Sprint Cup: The Week Approaching a Road Course – When the Sprint Cup Series starts creeping toward a road course event, it’s always one of the most unique times of the season. The driver announcements are unpredictable, as Cody Ware and Dylan Lupton will attempt their Cup debuts, while Patrick Carpentier makes his return to …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Sam Hornish, Jr. Wins One for the Family at Iowa

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In less than one week, Sam Hornish, Jr. went from standing on NASCAR’s sidelines to celebrating in Victory Lane. Making his first start of 2016, he jumped into Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 car as a replacement for rookie Matt Tifft, who sat out this weekend’s race at Iowa Speedway with a back injury. Hornish qualified …

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Friday Faceoff: What’s the Year’s Most Memorable Storyline So Far?

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Fifteen races into the 2016 Sprint Cup season, what’s the most memorable storyline?  The biggest surprise? Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: The most memorable story line thus far should have been Chase Elliott winning back-to-back races at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway, but rookie inexperience cost him two weeks in a row on the final …

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