Race Weekend Central

Four Burning Questions at the Daytona 500: Junior’s Drive for Two & a Watershed Moment

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The Sprint Unlimited? Check. Daytona 500 Qualifying? Finished. The Budweiser Duels? In the books. That leaves only one Cup race remaining in Speedweeks… the sport’s Super Bowl, Sunday’s Daytona 500. I shouldn’t have to tell you why this race is so important; the event speaks for itself. It is the most prestigious event in modern-day American …

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Four Burning Questions at the Sprint Unlimited: Aero Package Excitement & Jeff Gordon’s Last Speedweeks

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We did it! We’re back! We made it through the offseason, and damn, this one seemed extra long, no? It did for me at least, but I’m also a racing-obsessed lunatic. No matter, as the Sprint Unlimited, the glitzy exhibition race at Daytona that kicks off every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, is finally upon …

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Four Burning Questions at Homestead – Title Hopes and Fan Acceptance

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Here we are, the day that so many of you claimed to be dreading for months. Yes, it’s the “Championship 4” race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the Sprint Cup season finale. And what do you know, there actually seems to be a fair amount of excitement surrounding the whole affair? What a concept! Who could have …

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Four Burning Questions in Phoenix – Last Ditch Title Efforts and Drastic Drivers

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When NASCAR first announced the changes that would be made to the Chase format this past February, I had an idea in my head of how the system would probably play out and what the whole deal would end up looking like. I can honestly say that two post-race brawls were not a part of …

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Four Burning Questions in Texas: Winless Wonders & Brad Keselowski’s Tall Order

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One down, two to go in the final Chase round before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last week in Martinsville, a non-title contender, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., upset the apple cart by stealing a win from the remaining contenders, thus putting even more pressure on the Chasers to grab a win …

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Four Burning Questions in Martinsville: Vengeful Contenders and Crew Swaps

The long, winding road that is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is entering its final stretch today, with Martinsville Speedway being the site of today’s round of playoff-racing action. Today’s race marks the start of what is arguably the most pivotal round of the Chase, as a win in this round will grant a …

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Four Burning Questions in Talladega: Starting Grid SNAFUs and Sordid Strategies

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The race that everyone in the NASCAR world has had circled on their calendars since the Chase began has arrived. It’s big, it’s bad, it’s fast. It’s Talladega. After a race at Charlotte last week that saw fireworks erupt between Chasers Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Matt Kenseth in the garage area, NASCAR has been …

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Four Burning Questions in Charlotte: Must-Win Races and A Surging JGR Team

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Well… that was interesting. What I’m referring to of course is last week’s Sprint Cup race at Kansas, an event that could potentially go down as the turning point in this year’s Chase for the Championship. Three pre-Chase favorites, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., encountered disaster-level problems at Kansas, and with only two …

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Four Burning Questions – Points Resets and an Slippery Kansan Wild Card

The first round of the Chase is officially in the books, and the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now turn their attention to the Kansas Speedway, site of the first race in the second round of the Chase. Four drivers were eliminated from championship contention last week in Dover, and now with the …

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Four Burning Questions in Dover: Johnson’s House and Eliminations

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Well, well, well, what do you know? Two races in, and so far, the 2014 edition of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship has been a success. Each race so far has been jam-packed with action, storylines, and drama, and with the first elimination of the Chase on tap for today’s round of …

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Four Burning Questions in New Hampshire: Keselowski’s Dominance and Chase Spoilers

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One race down, nine to go. The 2014 Chase kicked off with a bang last week, as Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson staged a three-way battle for the win that will be remembered for years to come. Few believed that Chicagoland Speedway could deliver a race as arresting as the one that took …

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Four Burning Questions in Chicagoland: Sleeping Giants and Kicking the Chase off in Style

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Well, it’s finally here. NASCAR’s new look version of the Chase is kicking off today with levels of pomp and circumstance that could rival even the best of a P.T. Barnum-run circus. All week long, the 16 Chasers traveled across North America as part of NASCAR’s tireless promotion of the new format. Today, we’ll get …

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