Race Weekend Central

The Frontstretch 5: Really Bad Racing Calls

Bahrain Grand Prix Practice

1. Well, yeah, we messed up, but, just deal, OK? Former journeyman driver Brett Bodine is the current lead pace car driver for NASCAR. Ironic, considering his only Cup Series victory came about because of a pace car miscue. In a race at North Wilkesboro in 1990, Bodine had led 63 laps at one point …

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Friday Faceoff: Past Lucky Winners

2018 Cup Charlotte Roval Zach Catanzareti Ryan Blaney

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1. This week, NASCAR announced a new rules package for 2019. What do you expect from it as a whole and do you feel like it was a step forward or backward? Amy Henderson: I’m 100% willing to save judgment until we actually see how this package performs on track under race conditions. If the …

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2-Headed Monster: Ryan Preece or Daniel Hemric, Who Will Have The Better Career?

Nascar Xfinity Series

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We’ve got our rookie class for the 2019 season. It was announced last Friday (Sept. 28) that Ryan Preece and Daniel Hemric will both move up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and compete against each other for Rookie of the Year. More rookies could be added to the list later, but the focus …

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Underdog House: Charlotte ROVAL Put Small Teams in NASCAR Spotlight

2017 Kansas Ii Cup Aj Allmendinger Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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Think Small Road courses present a unique opportunity for underdog teams. Much in the same way as restrictor plate races, they are an equalizer in terms of minimizing the performance gap between the haves and the have nots. The absence of the cars’ dependance on aero also contributes to the parity. The previous two road …

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Brad Keselowski Ignites Turn 1 Melee Late At Charlotte

2018 Cup Charlotte Roval Zach Catanzareti Brad Keselowski

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There was a sense of dread coming into the event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL that the race could result in a big crash. For the most of the race, it looked like the competitors of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series would put those fears to rest. But they just couldn’t quite make …

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2-Headed Monster: Should The Cup Series Return To Rockingham Speedway?

2012 Nascar Camping World Truck Series Rockingham

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News broke on Aug. 30 that Rockingham Propertires LLC had purchased Rockingham Speedway, formerly known as North Carolina Motor Speedway. The new owner said the intent is to have racing once again on the legendary track that hosted the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series from 1965 to 2004. This leads to this week’s question: as …

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2-Headed Monster: Are Too Many Drivers In The Playoffs?

2018 Cup Dover Zach Catanzareti Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus

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Through the many incarnations of the NASCAR postseason, the playoff field has gradually grown from 10 drivers to 16. Is 16 too many, or is it fine the way it is? Champions Should Be Good, Not Good Enough For most of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams, the initial goal each year is to …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Teams Get More Racing Revenue Or Adapt?

2018 Auto Club Cup Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro Shops/5 Hour Energy

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After the announcement that Furniture Row Racing is shutting down one season after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title with Martin Truex Jr, it has become increasingly clear that large changes need to happen in NASCAR. Otherwise, more and more of the top teams will continue to fold. The solution boils down to …

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2-Headed Monster: Will Justin Allgaier Go Back to the Cup Series?

#7: Justin Allgaier, Jr Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Brandt Professional Agriculture Nascar Xfinity Series

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Justin Allgaier is having a career year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, having won four races while leading the point standings with three races left in the regular season. Allgaier is clearly one of the best drivers in NXS, which leads to this week’s question: Should Allgaier move back up to the Monster Energy NASCAR …

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Tracking The Trucks: Justin Haley Triumphs As KBM Teammates Crash

2018 Trucks Martinsville Zach Catanzareti Todd Gilliland

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In a Nutshell: Team owners who have multiple drivers have one concern above all others when it comes to competition among teammates: don’t wreck each other. Well, at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday, Kyle Busch may have missed an opportunity to remind his drivers, Noah Gragson and Todd Gilliland, about such a rule. The …

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Dalton Sargeant Out at GMS Racing

2018 Trucks Pocono Zach Catanzareti Dalton Sargeant

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Dalton Sargeant will not compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for GMS Racing effective immediately, the team announced Wednesday. Sargeant will be replaced by the team’s former Truck Series driver and current XFINITY Series competitor Spencer Gallagher, beginning with Sunday’s race at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. “Due to a unfortunate circumstance with …

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2-Headed Monster: Are Fans Getting Too Much Access?

Fans, Sonoma 2018

Photo: Danny Peters

A fan attacked Kyle Busch after Saturday night’s (Aug. 18) race at Bristol Motor Speedway, which leads to this week’s question: are fans getting too much access to drivers at NASCAR races? Excuse Me But Your Crazy Is Showing Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin have something in common. Of course, they both drive for Joe …

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