Race Weekend Central

Kickin’ the Tires: Joey Logano Dumped Matt Kenseth Out of Fear

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KANSAS CITY, Ka. – The fact Joey Logano dumped Matt Kenseth with five laps to go in the Hollywood Casino 400 proves Logano is afraid of what the Toyota driver is capable of and that he wanted to do all he could to ensure they wouldn’t battle each other in the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Dale Earnhardt Jr. vs. NASCAR A Slippery Situation

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The official word may be that there was no oil on the track in turn 1 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the sport’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., adamantly disagrees and in the court of NASCAR public opinion – he is going to be judged by the fans as being right. Since I am …

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Friday Faceoff: Franchises, Replacements, and John Wes Townley

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There has been lots of talk about franchising in NASCAR’s top divisions. Is this the right direction for the sport to look in for the future? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: Maybe. It depends on how it’s done and what it includes. While I don’t like the idea of new teams being essentially locked out of …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Many In NASCAR Breathe a Sigh of Relief

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  No one of any official capacity will ever admit it publicly, but secretly they are cheering and acknowledging that a great thing happened in the auto racing world, on Sunday, at Dover International Raceway: Dale Earnhardt Jr. advanced in #TheChase and Jimmie Johnson didn’t. Not that I am criticizing Johnson in any way. It would …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Was Brad Keselowski Singled-out By NASCAR?

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Whether or not Brad Keselowski was singled out by NASCAR is actually irrelevant, because there is always a difference between reality and whatever the perception of reality is. And in Keselowski’s case, he perceived that he was being picked on and penalized for jumping the restart as an example. From the beginning, this column has been accused …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Kevin Harvick Toast?

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Kevin Harvick finished 42nd at Chicago after a mid-race crash. Can he rebound and make the cut after Dover, or is his repeat bid toast? Mark Howell, Senior Writer: As the dearly departed Yogi Berra used to say, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” That said: Harvick must win one of the next two races; …

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Kickin’ the Tires: What Did We Learn at Chicagoland Speedway?

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There were some great teaching moments to come out of this weekend’s kickoff to the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series Championship at Chicagoland Speedway – most notably DeLana Harvick doesn’t put up with any crap. Following the race, Kevin Harvick was upset over his dismal finish, which occurred because he and Jimmie Johnson got …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Are the Early Chase Favorites?

Matt Kenseth leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup field to a restart during the 2015 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Speedway

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The race at Richmond International Raceway last weekend was tame by short track standards. What caused the lack of action, and should fans be worried? Jerry Jordan, Contributor: There was plenty of action at Richmond. No, it wasn’t what most are accustomed to when they go to a short track, but there were a lot …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Roush Fenway Racing Disappoints by Missing the Chase

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Early in the season the big concern was how well Joe Gibbs Racing had turned things around from 2014 and whether it was enough to be a factor in the 2015 Chase for the Championship. As the season played out, it became very clear the JGR was a powerhouse, but the same could not be …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Past Failures Lead to Success in Low-Downforce Package

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Perhaps it was fitting that Carl Edwards won the Bojangles’ Southern 500 after being such a huge supporter of NASCAR’s decision to try a low-downforce package, especially since the high-drag, higher downforce package appeared to be a failure in both of its outings. Edwards was the first to address the new package when the cars …

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Friday Faceoff: Was Bristol a Good Race Despite Lack of Wrecks?

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The Bristol night race featured lots of racing, but not as much of the beating and banging that some fans expect at short tracks. Is that kind of racing necessary for a “great” short-track race, or can such a race without too many bent fenders and crumpled doors still satisfy? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: It …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Racing Doesn’t Need Wrecks to be Entertaining

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Even before Justin Wilson’s crash in the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway, I knew what the topic of this week’s column would be – fans who say they want to see more crashes during a race. As I drove back from Bristol Motor Speedway this morning, I almost had to stop and get my blood …

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