Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Should Watkins Glen Get a Second Date?

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Now that Chase Elliott is off the schneid following his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, who will the next first-time winner be? Clayton Caldwell: Alex Bowman. He’s been much more consistent this year than Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a year ago in that car and just recently signed a multi-year extension with …

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Watkins Glen President Plans to Speak with INDYCAR About 2021 Reunion

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Alexander Rossi leading the field at Watkins Glen (Photo: Chris Owens / INDYCAR Media)

Watkins Glen International was left off the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule this year because the two parties couldn’t agree on a date for a race. INDYCAR, which originally signed a three-year deal to run at the Glen in 2016, will race in Portland, Oregon on Labor Day weekend instead while the upstate New York track …

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Friday Faceoff: Will the ROVAL Be Full of Crashes?

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After two exciting finishes at Chicagoland Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, there wasn’t much drama at the end of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this week at Kentucky Speedway. What is the least exciting Cup race you remember watching? Vito Pugliese: That’s easy: 1999 August race at Michigan. My buddy and I brought …

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Laguna Seca to Replace Sonoma for 2019 IndyCar Finale

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WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and INDYCAR have agreed to a three-year deal, which will allow the Northern California road course to host the Verizon IndyCar Series’ season finale through 2021. The 2019 race weekend will occur Sept. 20-22 and replaces Sonoma Raceway, which has raced Indy cars every season since 2005. In recent years, Laguna …

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From the Paddock: 10 Tracks We Wish IndyCar Would Visit

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With the Verizon IndyCar Series off this weekend and the talk of the 2019 schedule brewing, our IndyCar writers John Haverlin and Christian Koelle pondered five tracks apiece that they would like to see either return to the schedule or make its debut. Whether it be a permanent track or a street course, our list of …

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James Hinchcliffe Wins Iowa Corn 300 with Embarrassing Ending

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After failing to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in May, James Hinchcliffe’s season seemed to be a lost cause. Hinchcliffe lost tons of ground in the championship, and the morale of his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team was obviously pretty low. But the No. 5 Honda driver overtook Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, who led 229 of …

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Pace Laps: Tragedy Strikes Racing Community With Loss Of Jason Johnson

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Fab Foursome Keep On Rising Road courses are supposed to be different. These right-turn tracks bring out the best in drivers who don’t have a chance to win anywhere else. AJ Allmendinger, Marcos Ambrose and Jeremy Clements in NASCAR’s XFINITY Series are just a few of the recent success stories …

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Friday Faceoff: Has a Favorite for the XFINITY Title Emerged?

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1. Now that a third road course has been added to the schedule during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, will it impact the way drivers and teams approach Sonoma Raceway in terms of preparation and strategy? John Haverlin: The drivers and teams won’t change their approach this weekend. The Charlotte Motor Speedway roval race …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Top Driver Might Be Facing A Winless Season?

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1. Once again, weather dominated the headlines this weekend. Do you think there’s anything more that NASCAR can do (tires, start times, scheduling) or is it just a case of “c’est la vie”? John Haverlin: There’s nothing more NASCAR can do. Start times and altering the schedule would be OK, but it takes a lot (television, tracks, …

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Pace Laps: A Rainy Kind of NASCAR Weekend

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Stewart-Haas Racing Asserting Its Dominance For the seventh time this season, Stewart-Haas Racing is taking home another race win trophy, this time with Clint Bowyer’s second victory of the season in the rain-shortened race at Michigan International Speedway. Joining teammates Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick, who has five wins this …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Be Constantly Tinkering Its Rules Packages?

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1. Kyle Busch won the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Pocono Raceway, but his car was deemed too high in post-race inspection. Should the fact that a violation was technically a disadvantage matter when penalties are issued? Vito Pugliese: Height violations and fines have been a story line since over 25 years, and as with a …

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