Race Weekend Central

Four Burning Questions: Underdogs, Weather and Richmond Dominance

2014 Loudon I Cup Carl Edwards Cia

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Twenty- five weeks of grueling competition across the tracks of the Sprint Cup Series all comes to a head Saturday night at the Richmond International Raceway in the Federated Auto Parts 400 as the field for the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup will be set. As always, there are numerous storylines headlining …

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Four Burning Questions in Atlanta: Stewart’s Return and Busch’s Demise

2014 Loudon I Cup Tony Stewart Car Cia

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Race car drivers are much, much different from normal human beings. The action they engage in order to deal with difficult times in their life at times seem foreign to us. Consider the driver who has been violently ill in the weekend leading up to a race…and racing anyway because the driver “feels his best” …

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Four Burning Questions in Bristol: Bristol’s Rebirth & Contentious Confrontations

2014 Michigan Ii Cup Kyle Larson Car Cia

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It’s got history, it’s got action and it brings out the very best and very worst of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ drivers. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, tonight is the Bristol night race. Frankly, this event needs no introduction; the track’s history precedes itself. The race has long been one of the marquee races on …

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Four Burning Questions in Michigan: Stewart’s Absence and High Speed Perils

2014 Indianapolis Cup Joey Logano Smiling Cia

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Racing is a dangerous sport. That is something that will never change for as long as cars are competitively raced against each other on circuit tracks. But over the years, we seem to have lost sight of this fact. When drivers crash into walls at over 200 mph and jump out of the car without a …

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Four Burning Questions in Watkins Glen: Scintilating Strategies and Ambrose’s Last Stand

2013 Wgi Cup Marcos Ambrose Martin Truex Jr Pack Racing Cia 430

The Sprint Cup Series is in scenic Watkins Glen, NY today for the 22nd round of the 2014 season, and for what will only be the second time this season, the drivers will be turning right. Watkins Glen International has developed into one of the finest circuits that the Sprint Cup Series visits, as the …

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Four Burning Questions in Pocono: Rising Rookies and the Threat of Rain

2014 Dover I Cup Brad Keselowski Car Cia

The Sprint Cup Series is making its second trip of the year to Pocono Raceway today. The track colloquially known as the “Tricky Triangle” put on a rousing show here in June, as heavyweights Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. fought tooth and nail for the win over the final 10 laps of the race …

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Four Burning Questions at the Brickyard: The Drive for Five and an IndyCar Ringer

2014 Loudon I Cup Jimmie Johnson Garage Cia

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Simply reading those three words in succession should incite a fit of shivers up the spine of any race fan worth his/her salt. NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series will invade the historic facility today for the 21st annual Brickyard 400. It seems wild to think that Indianapolis has been on the schedule for …

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Four Burning Questions on the Off-Week: Title Favorites, Silly Season Rumors, and Chase Predictions

Jimmis Johnson and Casey Mears race at Kentucky Speedway July 2014.

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It’s a rare off-week in NASCAR-land, and as the men and women who make up the Sprint Cup Series enjoy some well-earned vacation time, the sport’s observers are left to reflect on the season that’s been as we sit at the de facto halfway point of the schedule. The 2014 season has been an interesting …

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Four Burning Questions in New Hampshire: Deja Vu for Keselowski’s #2?

2014 Michigan I Cup Kyle Busch Car Cia

2014 Michigan I CUP Kyle Busch car (CIA)

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the site of today’s round of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action, round 18 to be exact. The race marks the halfway point in a season that has been filled with drama and surprises…much like last week’s cluster of a race in Daytona.  Aric Almirola found himself in a rain soaked Victory …

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Four Burning Questions at the Coke Zero 400

2014 Daytona I Cup Pack Racing Cia

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The Daytona Night race. It is the jewel of NASCAR’s summer stretch. The race formerly known as the Firecracker 400 has been a staple of the NASCAR schedule for over three decades, and over time this race has grown to be one of the biggest and most prestigious races on the schedule. Admittedly, the past …

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Did You Notice? Kentucky’s Woes, Surging Rookies, and a Dominant Team Penske

2014 Kentucky Cup Justin Allgaier David Sremme Racing Cia

Did You Notice? … The lack of passing on Saturday night? Kentucky lived up to its reputation once again this Saturday, and that reputation is not a positive one. The track has, quite frankly, been maligned since it joined the circuit in 2011. The inaugural event was plagued by horrific traffic problems due to a lack …

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Four Burning Questions – Kentucky: Rough Rides and Short Fields

2014 Dover I Cup Matt Kenseth Thinking Cia

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Kentucky Speedway is the site of the seventeenth round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and with the halfway point of the season only one week away, we have a rather clear picture of who the contenders will be going forward as well as how the Chase may unfold. Kentucky is now entering it’s …

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