Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Where Will Bubba Wallace Race in 2021?

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Kaz Grala finished seventh in his NASCAR Cup Series debut last weekend. Was it a fluke, or has Grala been severely underrated? Jesse Johnston: Do I believe it was a fluke? Absolutely. As historic as that feat was, I am not convinced that any of Kaz Grala‘s good results at Daytona International Speedway — both the …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Curbs The Daytona Road Course

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Top Dog Michael McDowell is an accomplished road racer, so he always seems to have a better shot than most underdogs when the NASCAR Cup Series has to make a few right turns. With no one able to practice on the Daytona International Speedway road course prior to the start of the race, the often …

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The Underdog House: Bubba Wallace Leads the Way in Michigan

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Top Dog A doubleheader last weekend at Michigan International Speedway meant twice the opportunity for the underdog class to snag a solid finish. On Saturday, Bubba Wallace did that and then some, ending up with a ninth-place result. Running as high as third in the closing laps, Wallace briefly had visions of his first career …

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Friday Faceoff: Could Kyle Busch Actually Miss the Cup Playoffs?

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Now less than 100 points above the cutoff, is it possible that Kyle Busch misses the NASCAR Cup Series postseason? Mark Kristl: With six races remaining in the regular season, all victors will make the playoffs. Kyle Busch’s odds of missing the playoffs, therefore, decrease if someone below the playoff cut line wins. That then would …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Lonely at the Top

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Top Dog Michael McDowell has been a frequent visitor to the top 20 this season, but he barely squeaked in this past Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. McDowell spent the majority of the race hovering around the 25th position. He finished 26th and 25th in the first two stages and was still in 25th …

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Friday Faceoff: When Should NASCAR Unveil the 2021 Schedule?

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With the COVID-19 situation constantly evolving, when would it make sense for NASCAR to unveil the 2021 schedule? Mark Kristl: There isn’t a right time.  Nevertheless, NASCAR must announce it at some point, even though there are uncertainties.  If the schedule is set by the Southern 500, why not announce it that weekend to add …

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The Underdog House: Carry On, My Wayward Ty Dillon

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Top Dog Underdog teams face a lot of adversity and need to be resilient to overcome their long odds. Ty Dillon did just that, rebounding from his third DNF of 2020 last weekend at Texas to claim the top underdog spot in Thursday night’s race at the Kansas Speedway. Dillon was steady throughout the evening …

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The Underdog House: All-Star Rivals Bubba Wallace, Michael McDowell Make Texas Toast

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Top Dog After a forgettable All-Star Race evening at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bubba Wallace was probably as ready as anyone to get to Texas for this weekend’s event. He certainly channeled his energy appropriately, as the No. 43 Chevrolet captured the 14th finishing position. The Texas sun was scorching, but it wasn’t the only thing …

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Selling Out: When Money Doesn’t Replace Skill, Experience

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#00: Quin Houff, StarCom Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Jacob Construction

On Sunday, Quin Houff made an abrupt move that impacted the outcome of a NASCAR Cup Series race for several drivers. It’s time for NASCAR to make an abrupt move to ensure that someone like him can’t do it again. With any sport, the expectation is that those who compete in its highest level are …

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The Underdog House: Ty Dillon Top Dog in Kentucky

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Top Dog Ty Dillon was back at the head of the class this week at Kentucky Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series. The driver of the No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet earned a 16th-place finish. The third-generation driver moved up steadily, finishing the first stage in 23rd and the second in 18th. Dillon battled a …

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The Underdog House: Front Row Keeps Climbing the Mountain

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Top Dog Two races in two days at Pocono Raceway turned into a double feature showcasing plenty of what we have already seen in 2020, starring each of the Front Row Motorsports teammates. On Saturday, Michael McDowell held the lead role in the show. McDowell led a lap during a sequence of green flag pit …

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The Underdog House ⁠— Talladega Monday: The Ballad of John Hunter Nemechek

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Top Dog John Hunter Nemechek was not only the top underdog contender in Monday’s (June 22) rain delayed GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, he also very nearly walked away with the victory. Even being swept up in a crash as the field thundered towards the finish line didn’t stop him from crossing the stripe in …

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