Race Weekend Central

4 Burning Questions at New Hampshire: Will Kevin Harvick Play Nice?

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1. WHO CAN BEAT JOE GIBBS RACING? Following the first race of the Chase, Joe Gibbs Racing is sitting pretty. The team’s four cars are sitting first through fourth in points, injured driver Denny Hamlin is through to the next round by virtue of his win at Chicagoland and they have won nine of the …

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4 Burning Questions: Chicagoland – The Pressure To Perform For Joe Gibbs Racing

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1. Who’s ready to step up in Round One of the Chase? We’ve been talking about it all season long, and now, it’s finally here. The 2015 Chase is upon us, and from here on out, every race has a stake in the championship. All of the Chase-eligible drivers and teams are entering this race …

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4 Burning Questions at Richmond: Can Kyle Busch Score the Top Seed?

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1. Who’s in? Who’s out? It’s the final race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup regular season this Saturday night, and four Chase spots are still up for grabs. As of right now, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer are occupying the final four spots in the postseason, and for the most part they …

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4 Burning Questions at Darlington: Can NASCAR Deliver on Important Weekend?

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1. Will the low-downforce package work once more? Forget the throwback paint schemes, forget the pomp and circumstance: the biggest story this weekend revolves around the return of the low-downforce package to the Sprint Cup cars this weekend. The last time we saw the low-downforce package was back in June at Kentucky Speedway, and the …

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4 Burning Questions: Which Road Course Will Put On the Better Show?

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1. WHICH ROAD RACE — XFINITY OR TRUCKS — WILL PUT ON A BETTER SHOW? It used to be that fans decried tracks that had cars turning right, saying stock cars didn’t belong on the twisting turns of Riverside, Watkins Glen and Sears Point. After a decade of great races on these types of tracks, …

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4 Burning Questions at Bristol: Will Bristol Live Up to Its Lofty Reputation?

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1. Will Bristol be its usual wild-card self? The Bristol Motor Speedway night race has a long-standing reputation as being an event where anything can happen. For the most part, anyone can win at Bristol. The combination of large attrition rates, slow speeds, passing difficulties and lack of aerodynamic necessities make Bristol an equalizer of …

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4 Burning Questions at Michigan: With New Package, Will Race Be a Stinker?

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads back to Michigan International Speedway this weekend, and all everybody can talk about is the high-drag package – but the race will be remembered for so much more than that. It’s one of a final few chances for drivers not already locked into the Chase to punch their ticket. …

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4 Burning Questions in Watkins Glen: Can Tony Stewart Find Redemption?

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Right-hand turns are on tap for this Sunday as the traveling circus that is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads north to Watkins Glen International. The world-famous 11-turn road course has been a lightning rod of drama for the series over the past half-decade, and as such, there is a higher-than-normal buzz for the race …

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4 Burning Questions at Pocono: Is This MWR’s Last Chance at Survival?

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The winds of change are beginning to overtake the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the circuit edges closer to the end of the regular season. Rules changes, team changes, ownership changes: no matter what form it takes, novelty has dominated the news cycle in recent weeks.  And now, news of Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Indy Be a Race to Remember?

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Eldora has come and gone, and with its passing, we hit the back half of NASCAR’s summer stretch before autumn rolls around and the Chase begins. The dirt race was once again a show to remember, and it serves as a bright spot in the overall NASCAR schedule, sandwiched in between two Sprint Cup races …

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4 Burning Questions at New Hampshire: Rowdy’s Rise & Smoke’s Struggles

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After the wild success of the low-downforce rules package at Kentucky the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to normalcy this Sunday as the series rolls north to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. New Hampshire will see the return of the original 2015 intermediate-track rules package; with it will come another shuffle of the competitive deck. As …

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4 Burning Questions at Kentucky: Can New Rules Package Inject Life Into Cup Series?

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Well, this is the one we’ve been waiting for. After months of anticipation, the much-ballyhooed low-downforce rules package will be making its long awaited debut at this Saturday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Yes, you read that correctly: there is actually a buzz around a race at Kentucky. Shocking, I know. No other story …

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