Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice? … NASCAR Racing Against Its Roots

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Did You Notice? … The team/manufacturer breakdown inside the Chase? Right now, it sets up as the following… Chevrolet (8) Hendrick Motorsports – 4 Stewart-Haas Racing – 2 Richard Childress Racing – 1 JTG-Daugherty Racing – 1 Ford (5) Penske Racing – 2 Roush Fenway Racing – 2 Richard Petty Motorsports – 1 Toyota (3) …

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Did You Notice?… Sprint Cup’s Largest Pre-Chase Disappointments

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Did You Notice?… There’s a number of drivers where Saturday will be their last chance to make the Chase. However, with only two spots available, just four drivers (Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, and Kyle Larson) have a shot to make it into the playoff field through points. The rest must work their way …

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Did You Notice… An “Old School” Question, Rules Mistake And Earnhardt’s Effort

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Did You Notice?… It’s now time for old school fans to step up? NASCAR’s 2015 schedule, as expected had few major changes aside from Darlington’s move to Labor Day Weekend. To accommodate, Atlanta jumps to the second race of the season while Bristol takes the Darlington date in mid-April. The new adjustments create a third …

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Did You Notice? … Breaking Down Carl’s New Ride And… New Owners Wanted

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Did You Notice? … The announcement of Carl Edwards to a fourth Joe Gibbs Racing team carried with it more news than expected? Yes, we’ve known the pairing for months, to the point Edwards emerged for Tuesday’s press conference, said, “Surprise!” and the assembled media chuckled with laughter. The “secret” would have been hard to …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR Leadership Needed… It’s Only A Matter Of Time

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Did You Notice?… It’s now Wednesday morning, four-plus days after Saturday’s tragic incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park that claimed the life of Kevin Ward, Jr. Racing controversy is still front and center, included inside the first few minutes of every newscast or SportsCenter update. Tony Stewart’s name has been mentioned more in the press than …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR Talent: Then And Now

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Did You Notice? … How hard it is to gain a foothold in this sport? More than ever, talented drivers find themselves inside a shrinking window of opportunity. The number of available rides has shrunk, combined with the funding now necessary to pair them within a top-tier organization. Having cash on hand and helping bridge …

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Did You Notice? … A Story Already Told, “Penalties” And Quick Hits

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Did You Notice? … How the biggest move of Silly Season didn’t cause that much of a stir? Carl Edwards’ decision to leave Roush Fenway Racing, a move which would have caused a collective gasp a few years ago instead had most observers yawning, pulling the old McKayla-is-not-impressed-face from the 2012 Olympics, while chanting the …

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Did You Notice? … The Race To NASCAR’s Bubble Begins

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Did You Notice? … A recent business report indicating for four-car Stewart-Haas Racing, their cost to compete is reaching $1.5 million per race weekend? Clearly, expenses are arching sky high. Making the Chase, whether fans like it or not, is critically important to a team’s financial bottom line. If you miss it, rumors have existed for …

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Did You Notice? … Penalty Loopholes, Awkward NASCAR Alliances And Quick Hits

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Did You Notice?… NASCAR’s top nine team owners in Sprint Cup have come together to form their own, separate “organization?” Of course you did, as it’s been the top story of a slow news summer. Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing will head up a new Race Team Alliance (RTA) that includes the top …

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Did You Notice? … The Death Of A Ringer And How Old Dogs Learn New Tricks

Did You Notice?… The road course ringer era is over? Just two right-turn “subs” are on the list for Sonoma: Boris Said for GO FAS Racing and Alex Kennedy for Circle Sport. Said, driving the No. 32, has been in that position for years while Kennedy is a bit of a stretch, considered somewhat of a …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Battle With Attrition And Aerodynamics

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Did You Notice?… How lack of attrition can sometimes lead to a lack of excitement? When I think Pocono and Dover, in the old days their unpredictability was built, in part, on whether or not cars would finish the race. At Dover, it was the difficulty of the track that was the problem. At Pocono, …

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Did You Notice?… You Can’t Teach New Dogs Old Tricks?, NASCAR’s Consolation Prize And Quick Hits

Did You Notice?… New drivers are not learning old tricks? That’s the sense I get four days after the hoopla surrounding Danica Patrick’s seventh-place finish. Patrick, who earned her career-best result at the 1.5-miler, did so in her second full season on the circuit, where she’s yet to score a top 5 and has made limited, …

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