Race Weekend Central

The Underdog House: When a Fire Becomes Fuel

2019 Dover Mencs Ryan Preece Car Nkp

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Top of the Class Ryan Preece always seems to be in a good mood, and he had plenty of reason to be following the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday (Oct. 20). Preece was the top finishing underdog with his 12th-place finish, marking the third time he has been such in 2019. It …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Manufacturers Dictate How Their Teams Race?

2019 Daytona Mencs Ford Kevin Harvick Joey Logano Kurt Busch Brad Keselowski Car Christian Koelle

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Should manufacturers be getting involved to make their teams cooperate at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway? Christian Koelle: Instead of manufacturers, it should be teams working together — but understand when we get to ISM Raceway, all of this goes away; it’s every man for himself. Josh Roller: I don’t have an issue with manufacturers …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Race Officials Overstepped Their Bounds at Talladega

2019 Chicagoland Ngots Johnny Sauter Face Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

When Johnny Sauter crossed the finish line Saturday afternoon (Oct. 12) at Talladega Superspeedway, he was probably elated. Perhaps, he felt a level of vindication after his early exit from the postseason, maybe even a sense of relief. After all, he would be leaving the most treacherous, unpredictable race of the year with the trophy. …

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The Underdog House: Flipping the Script

2019 Talladega Mencs Underdogs Cck

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Top of the Class As is often the case for superspeedway races, the top of the finishing order from the 1000bulbs.com 500 was overrun with underfunded teams. It’s always interesting to see which meek teams survive the carnage to turn the tables on the mighty. It took a while, but Michael McDowell finally earned his …

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Friday Faceoff: Has Eliminating Restrictor Plates Changed Superspeedway Racing?

2019 Talladega Cup Mencs Zach Catanzareti

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Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano all had trouble at Dover International Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Which driver’s playoff chances are trouble? Wesley Coburn: Short term, Chase Elliott needs to win to keep his playoff hopes alive this season. Longer term, Ryan Blaney needs to have a great playoffs, since he’s …

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The Underdog House: Another Monster of a Day

2019 Dover Mencs Matt Dibenedetto Car Nkp

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Top of the Class Matt DiBenedetto is going to lose his underdog status next year when he moves to the Team Penske-supported No. 21 car for the Wood Brothers team. At this rate, we could probably pull his card now. The No. 95 Leavine Family Racing driver was again one of the frontrunners at Dover …

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Friday Faceoff: Is It Ok For Drivers To Quit When They Have Nothing To Gain?

2019 Roval Mencs Kyle Busch Car Nkp

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Kyle Busch parked his car last week after trouble early left him with nothing to gain. Do you have an issue with a driver calling it quits? Adam Cheek: Honestly, in that situation, no. If it’s early in the race and they’re just not running well, yes, but Kyle had a crappy day, stuff on his …

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The Underdog House: Matt DiBenedetto, Road Racing Specialist?

2019 Roval Mencs Matt Dibenedetto Car Nkp

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Top of the Class For the third time this season, the drivers of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made right and left hand turns as they tackled the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL on Sunday. And for the third time this season, the best underdog in the rundown was road racing ace Matt DiBenedetto. Wait …

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Alex Bowman Survives Wild Day at ROVAL, Advances in Playoffs

2019 Roval Mencs Alex Bowman Car Nkp

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Alex Bowman came in to the race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL with his eyes set on staying out of trouble and making it to the Round of 12. Well, one out of two isn’t bad. Bowman found trouble aplenty on Sunday (Sept. 29), but the Hendrick Motorsports driver bounced back from multiple issues …

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Friday Faceoff: Where Will Daniel Hemric Be Racing in 2020?

2019 Talladega Cup Daniel Hemric Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Erik Jones faces a must-win situation this weekend to advance to the next round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. What is the biggest hurdle between him and a win on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL? Adam Cheek: To put it simply, chaos and unpredictability. Erik Jones finished in the top 10 five out …

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The Underdog House: Virginia Is For Lovers

2019 Richmond Mencs Darrell Wallace, Jr. Car Nkp

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Top of the Class Bubba Wallace grabbed everyone’s attention with his third-place run at Indianapolis two weeks ago. Apparently he isn’t finished turning heads just yet. This time, Wallace took top underdog honors with his 12th-place showing at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night (Sept. 21). There was a bit more competition, however, as for the …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Lower Level Success Be Necessary to Race in Cup?

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Kyle Busch indicated drivers should have more lower level success before being allowed to race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Do you agree? Adam Cheek: I believe so. At the very least, they should have a certain number of starts in either Xfinity or the Gander Outdoor Truck Series — maybe 10 or …

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