Race Weekend Central

Team Penske Sweeps Front Row for Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen Xfinity Joey Logano Zach Catanzareti

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Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski was very fast in the final round of XFINITY Series Qualifying Saturday (Aug. 4). Late in the session, teammate Joey Logano knocked Keselowski off the top to win the pole for Saturday’s Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International with a lap at an average of 122.995 mph. Keselowski had a pole run going late …

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Friday Faceoff: Are Drivers Too Quick to Use the Bumper These Days?

Darlington Cup 2017 Jimmie Johnson Throwback Mike Neff

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Many racetracks have unique traditions for the winner. For example, the race winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway holds up a live lobster in Victory Lane. What is your favorite Victory Lane tradition, prop or recurring celebration in racing? Bryan Gable: It’s not specific to one track, but I enjoy the Polish victory lap.  Alan …

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2 Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Intervene In Driver Feuds?

2018 Cup New Hampshire Zach Catanzareti Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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After Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Kyle Busch had a difference of opinion regarding their crash a couple of weeks ago in Daytona, it became apparent from both that the feud may not be over just yet. NBC analyst and former driver Kyle Petty stated that he felt NASCAR should step in to end the conflict …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Schedule Midweek Races?

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Last week on the Dale Jr. Download, Denny Hamlin said that there have been discussions behind the scenes with NASCAR about adding midweek races to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. That brings about this weekʻs question: should NASCAR add some races in the middle of the week, or should racing be exclusive to weekends? …

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Friday Faceoff: Was Danica Patrick’s Career a Success?

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1. Danica Patrick ended her racing career in less than stellar fashion at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. Given her combined open wheel and NASCAR results, would you say that her career was a success? Michael Massie: Danica Patrick will go down as the most overrated NASCAR driver of all time. Sure, she accomplished some firsts …

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Friday Faceoff: Is the Old Bristol Back?

2018 Cup Bristol Zach Catanzareti

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After early dominant driver Ryan Blaney was knocked out in a crash Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kyle Larson led a race-high 200 laps only to be disappointed by a late-race pass for the win by Kyle Busch. What effect will the defeat have on Larson and whether he can win a different race later …

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Friday Faceoff: What’s Been the Biggest Surprise of 2018?

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Clint Bowyer’s win at Martinsville Speedway snapped a 190-race winless streak. Who is most likely to be the next driver who has already won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to snap his long winless drought? Christian Koelle: Paul Menard is really impressing me over at Wood Brothers Racing. That car has some speed, and …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Hendrick Motorsports

2017 Talladega Ii Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Pole Nigel Kinrade Nkp

Hendrick Motorsports entered the 2017 season with momentum. Jimmie Johnson came into the season as the defending Cup Series champion, earning their seventh title in ten years and their first under the new format. After what appeared to be a lost regular season for the organization in 2016, Johnson’s push to the top gave the …

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NASCAR Top 10 Storylines 2017: Monster Energy As Title Sponsor

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series First Data 500 Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville Va Usa Saturday 28 October 2017 Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Alliance Truck Parts Ford Fusion World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker Nkp

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The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season saw a lot of firsts. Among them: the first season for new premier series sponsor Monster Energy. The company reportedly signed a two-year contract with NASCAR paired with a two-year option to continue. In a sign of the times for the sport, the contract was considerably less …

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Friday Face-off: Who’ll Fill These Ginormous Shoes?

2017 Atlanta Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Car Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced this week that he’ll retire at the end of the 2017 season, the fourth very popular driver to step away since 2015.  What impact will his retirement have on the sport as a whole, and is there a driver out there who can have the impact he’s had on and off …

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Friday Faceoff: How About All These Changes?

2016 Chicago Cup Carl Edwards Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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NASCAR issued several changes to race formats Monday. What was your instant reaction to the changes? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I really like the new points format. I like how bonus points carry throughout the Chase — whoops, I mean playoffs — and that you actually get something for running well in the first two stages 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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