Race Weekend Central

Four Burning Questions: What Kind of Phoenix Weather Can We Expect on Sunday?

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WILL A ONE-OFF CREW CHIEF SWAP IMPACT RACE DAY FOR MARTIN TRUEX, JR.? Following a sly appealing move by the Furniture Row Racing team this past week – appealing the roof flap penalty from NASCAR that would have otherwise suspended crew chief Cole Pearn for the Las Vegas weekend – the penalty will now be …

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Four Burning Questions: Who Will Extend 2016 Top-10 Streaks in Las Vegas?

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HOW WILL RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING FARE IN VEGAS? Whether we were heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend or not, Richard Childress Racing was always bound to have a solid run. Following the first two races of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season at Daytona and Atlanta, Austin Dillon has a ninth and 11th while …

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Four Burning Questions: What Will Atlanta Attendance Look Like Sunday?

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Where to Place the Expectations on Ty Dillon? It’s like 2013 all over again. That year, it was a broken leg suffered by Tony Stewart that opened the No. 14 Chevrolet to Max Papis, Austin Dillon and Mark Martin. Now, it’s a L1 burst fracture for Stewart that gave Brian Vickers his first Daytona 500 …

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4 Burning Questions: With Tony Stewart Out, Who Is Daytona’s Sentimental Favorite?

Zach Catanzareti takes a look at the four most important storylines entering Sunday’s Daytona 500: 1. WHAT TEAM WILL GEL BEST ON SUNDAY? Contrary to some popular beliefs, you must have friends to compete in plate racing. Without them – as seen in Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited – you’ll go nowhere. Approaching 2016, the big …

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4 Burning Questions at Homestead: Can Jeff Gordon Go Out on Top?

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1. CAN JEFF GORDON GO OUT ON TOP? John Elway. Lorena Ochoa. Ray Lewis. Ned Jarrett. It’s not often that a superstar has the opportunity to retire as a champion of their sport. Those four athletes are part of a select few that have, and this weekend Jeff Gordon aims to join them. If Gordon …

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4 Burning Questions in Phoenix: Will Kevin Harvick Drive to 5 Straight?

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1. Will Kevin Harvick drive to five straight at Phoenix? The track may be called Jeff Gordon Raceway in tribute to the four-time champion, but don’t get the wrong idea, this is still the place owned by Kevin Harvick. With four consecutive days ending in Victory Lane, you have to look at the laps led …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Joey Logano Erase Martinsville Deficit with a Win?

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WILL JOEY LOGANO MAKE UP FOR LAST WEEK’S DISAPPOINTMENT WITH A WIN? Joey Logano was 47 laps away from making history last weekend. Leading 207 laps at the Martinsville paperclip, the driver of the No. 22 was intentionally crashed in turn 1 by Matt Kenseth following a stretch of races in which the two tangled …

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4 Burning Questions in Martinsville: Do You Want to Lead with 30 Laps to Go?

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1. Will Talladega drama carry into Martinsville? It’s a safe bet, right? Since the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway, we have witnessed an uptick in thrill, rage and turmoil while bringing along a frenzy of buzz through the veins of NASCAR nation. From driver-to-driver beefs to a mass of controversy following the closing laps at Talladega Superspeedway …

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4 Burning Questions in Talladega: What Should We Expect from Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

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1. Is the Current Rules Package for Plate Races the Best It’s Been? Plate racing is a tough business for NASCAR. It may be exclusive to the sport, but we don’t seem to have a strong handle of what makes “good” plate racing. From the introduction to the restrictor plate in 1988, to tandem-style racing, …

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4 Burning Questions in Kansas: Can Busch Brothers Bring It Home In Kansas?

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1. Should Kansas be overlooked heading to Talladega? Heck. No. In fact, if you have forgotten about this weekend’s race at Kansas shame, shame, shame on you. Still hot off a repave in 2012, this intermediate has come into its own as one of the series’ best. The 1.5-mile oval has become a center of misfortune, producing …

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4 Burning Questions: Will There Be Sparks Under the Lights?

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1. CAN WE HAVE A NON-CHASER STEAL THE SHOW? If you watched the previous opening race of a Chase round this year, you should have a healthy grip on just how important the result can be. With Talladega in the distance – standing as the round’s elimination race in two weeks – do not judge …

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4 Burning Questions: Will There Even Be a Race This Sunday?

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1. Will the AAA 400 at Dover even be run? It’s September here on the East Coast of the good ‘ol U S of A, and every year around this time we find ourselves in the midst of what is known as hurricane season. It’s an oh-so-glorious time of year where massive tropical storms bear …

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