Race Weekend Central

NASCAR Mailbox: Is William Byron Ready For the Cup Series?

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The rumor mill is ringing non-stop. Push notifications won’t stop spamming iPhones and Androids with NASCAR rumors over the past month. With a plethora of changes coming to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup next year, the summer months are heating up, and it’s not because of global warming. As sponsorship continues to rule …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 21: Money Talks

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Episode 21: Money Talks Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Joseph Wolkin and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Joe and Zach discuss how sponsorship will dictate silly season news, Kyle Busch’s breakthrough win at Pocono, analyzing Ryan Preece’s future and more! This week’s episode was brought to you by DraftKings, the No. 1 platform …

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Denny Hamlin Regains Pocono Posture, Wants PJ1 to be Added at Tricky Triangle

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Denny Hamlin was the king of Pocono Raceway when he arrived on the Cup scene in 2006. The Virginia native took the track by storm, dominating his first two races at the Tricky Triangle and showcasing his ability behind the wheel en route to a rare rookie sweep at the facility. Sunday’s race was a …

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Danica Patrick Earns Career-Best Fourth Straight Top-15 Finish

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Danica Patrick is in the midst a mid-summer heat wave, and Pocono Raceway is the latest sight of her consistent runs. The No. 10 car crossed the finish line in 15th, earning the team’s fourth straight top-15 result. This is her longest top-15 streak in her Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career after making her series debut in 2012. …

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Ryan Blaney Excited for Next Chapter with Team Penske, But Will Miss Racing for Wood Brothers

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Ryan Blaney’s throwback style is continuing as he makes the move to Team Penske, whether owner Roger Penske wants him to shy away from white polo shirts or not. Not many 23-year-old racecar drivers can get away with wearing a rooster shirt. But thanks to Wood Brothers Racing, Blaney rocked a team shirt with a …

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Ryan Truex Earns Season-Best Truck Series Finish at Pocono

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Restarts were the opportune time for making big moves at Pocono Raceway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during Saturday’s Overton’s 150. For Hattori Racing Enterprises driver Ryan Truex, restarts could have taken away a chance to end a three-race streak of finishing 20th or worse. Instead, things went well for the No. 16 Toyota, ending …

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Matt Kenseth Leads Opening Cup Series Practice at Pocono

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The job hunt is well underway for veteran Matt Kenseth, and the pressure is on. The 2015 winner of the summer contest at Pocono Raceway is back on top of the pylon. Kenseth’s No. 20 car set the pace in the first practice prior to the Overton’s 400 at Pocono, with a quick time of 51.114 …

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Target Will Not Renew Sponsorship with Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing

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Kyle Larson will have a new look to his No. 42 Chevrolet come 2018 with lead sponsor Target leaving Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR program at the end of 2017, according to SportsBusiness Journal’s Adam Stern. .@Target has informed @CGRTeams that it won't renew its deal with @KyleLarsonRacin’s No. 42 after this season as it is exiting …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 20: Mid-Season Chaos

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Episode 20: Mid-Season Chaos Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Joseph Wolkin and Zach Catanzareti. In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Joe, and Zach sit down to preview this weekend’s race at Pocono, analyze NASCAR Silly Season drama, speculate on William Byron’s future and more. This week’s episode was brought to you by DraftKings, the No. …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Tyler Reddick Working to Improve with Chip Ganassi Racing

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Tyler Reddick is known to be an aggressive racer. His development in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Brad Keselowski Racing elevated him to the next level, giving him a chance to prove himself with Chip Ganassi Racing in the XFINITY Series. Through nine starts, the 21-year-old has a best finish of third, along …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Real Reason for Indy’s Ratings Increase

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway provided competition that is simply unforeseen for stock car racing at the 2.5-mile facility this past weekend. From the NASCAR XFINITY Series to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Indianapolis proved to be a rare summer hit. Instead of people being excited just to be at such a legendary racetrack, they were talking …

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NASCAR 101: International Racers in 2017

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NASCAR is looking for some international flavor, and its diversity program is attempting to sway the sport in a direction similar to the Verizon IndyCar Series. International stock car drivers are rare, and ones with the funding to bring them to America to race in one of NASCAR’s top three series is a feat that’s …

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