Race Weekend Central

4 Burning Questions: Will a Must-Winner Steal the Spotlight in Richmond?

2016 Richmond I Cup Kasey Kahne Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

Matthew T Thacker NKP

What Must-Win Driver Will Win on Saturday Night? While there are 13 NASCAR drivers who are locked into the Chase and can let it ride Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, there are even more who enter with their seasons on the line. These men and women cannot count on points and have no mathematical chance of Chase …

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4 Burning Questions: New Rules, New Faces and Potential Upset Victors

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How will the new rules package affect the racing this weekend at Michigan? NASCAR has ruled that all teams will be running with the 2017 rules package this weekend at Michigan. It is not the first race for the new, even lower downforce package however; the tiny spoiler has been used in the All-Star race, in …

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4 Burning Questions: Will the Bottom Lane Be the Fast Lane at Bristol?

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Will the Bottom Lane Be the Fast Lane at Bristol? I don’t think there had ever been more eyes fixed on a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race than Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. With the first of three races this week at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, the newly rubbered inside lane – which was …

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4 Burning Questions: How Could Mid-Ohio Impact Chase Picture?

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How Could Mid-Ohio Impact XFINITY Chase Picture? Entering this, the road course swing of the XFINITY Series season, the Chase grid still hasn’t settled down. Through 20 races, that precious cutoff zone stands at a massive two points between 12th-place Blake Koch and 13th-place Ross Chastain. With numbers like that, it could be an either/or on …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Strategy Trump Speed in Newly Paved Watkins Glen?

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Will Strategy Be No. 1 in Newly Paved Watkins Glen? Following a few years of some of the best racing in NASCAR’s history of road course racing, Watkins Glen International went through an upgrade during the offseason. With a brand-spanking new surface from last year’s event, the 2.45-mile circuit will have a whole new set …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Pocono See Another Stewart-Haas Winner?

2016 Daytona Ii Cup Kevin Harvick Logan Whitton Nkp

Is Pocono Raceway the Site of Stewart-Haas Racing’s Next Win? Pocono Raceway has been a solid home for Stewart-Haas Racing success. Kurt Busch is the most recent track winner, while Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick have shown their respective speed at the sport’s triangle circuit. As for team co-owner Tony Stewart, he called the June Pocono race …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Team Penske Finally Win the Brickyard?

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Will Team Penske’s Brickyard 400 winless drought continue? Hard to believe a team with 16 wins and 17 poles in the Indianapolis 500 has failed to achieve neither in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But for Team Penske, it’s been one of those races that has not played out in its favor over the …

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4 Burning Questions: How Will Sitting Out NHMS Impact Dale Earnhardt, Jr.?

With Alex Bowman in the No. 88, how will Sunday impact Dale, Jr.? Sitting out Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will have a number of factors that could make the rest of the season quite a haul. Entering New Hampshire just 32 points above the 16th-place cutoff, Earnhardt’s Chase …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Anybody Nail the New Kentucky Speedway?

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Will Anyone Nail the New Kentucky Speedway? Though NASCAR nation has been begging for a new addition to the sport’s schedule, it seems they will get it in some way Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. Already standing as the newest track in the Sprint Cup Series – joining the circuit in 2011 – the 1.5-miler …

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4 Burning Questions: Can Tony Stewart Go Back-to-Back at Daytona?

1. Can Tony Stewart Go Back-to-Back? Tony Stewart stunned the NASCAR world in January when he announced he’d broken his back just weeks before starting his final tour on the Sprint Cup Series circuit. He stunned it again when he returned just three months later, showing up basically unannounced to race at Richmond International Raceway. …

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4 Burning Questions: What Has Kept AJ Allmendinger from Sonoma Victory?

What Can Separate AJ Allmendinger from Delivering the W on Sunday? Road course racing is what AJ Allmendinger knows best. He earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in thrilling fashion two years ago at Watkins Glen International, and will be going for a second consecutive pole in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Brad Keselowski Spoil the XFINITY Race in Iowa?

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Will Brad Keselowski Spoil the XFINITY Series in Iowa? As the NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Iowa Speedway this weekend, the win’s not necessarily all up for grabs for the XFINITY Series regulars. Brad Keselowski will race the No. 22 Team Penske Ford in the American Ethanol E15 250 and stands as the only Sprint …

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