Race Weekend Central

4 Burning Questions: Will the New Rules Package Work Out for NASCAR?

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A rare off-weekend is on tap for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and as the stars of NASCAR’s premier series enjoy some much-needed time off, observers of the sport have time to reflect on the season that’s been and make some predictions about what is still to come. 2015 has been a turbulent year for …

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4 Burning Questions: Restrictor Plates at Michigan?

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With every passing week, the drivers and teams of the Sprint Cup Series lose one more shot at getting that elusive win that will lock them into the Chase. Michigan International Speedway is the site of Round 15 of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. After this week, only 11 races will remain until …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Dear IndyCar Fans, Stop Trying to Define Good Racing

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What exactly is good racing? That is the elusive question that every racing series on the planet wrestles with at all times. The answer to that question of course varies wildly depending on who you ask. Is good racing watching a driver use expert race craft and knowledge of the air, all to create speed …

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4 Burning Questions at Pocono: Paul Menard’s Rise & Hendrick Stalwarts

2015 Martinsville I Cup Paul Menard Racing Credit Amy Henderson

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NASCAR’s northeast swing rolls through the Pocono Mountains this weekend for the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at the historic Pocono Raceway. Jimmie Johnson shocked no one last week by attaining his 10th overall victory at Dover, a result that was largely expected given Johnson’s aptitude at the ferocious concrete mile oval. But Pocono, ladies …

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4 Burning Questions at Dover: Martin Truex Jr.’s Redemption & Joe Gibbs Racing’s Surge

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The Greatest Day in Racing has come and gone, and its final leg, NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, is now behind us. NASCAR’s second crown jewel event was an… interesting race, I guess, provided you like the whole fuel-mileage thing. For those of us that like passing, well, I’ll just change the topic so I don’t get …

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IndyCar Preview: The 99th Indianapolis 500

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The 99th Indianapolis 500 For everything that the Verizon IndyCar Series has been through over the years, it’s crown jewel, the Indianapolis 500, still stands tall as the most prestigious and well-known auto-racing event in the world.  This Sunday, for the 99th time, the Indianapolis 500 will be contested in front of a crowd estimated …

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4 Burning Questions at Charlotte: Inconsistent Aero and First-time Winners

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This Sunday afternoon, three major auto races will be contested on the same day. Formula 1’s Grand Prix of Monaco, IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600. It is a the greatest triumvirate in racing, a storied Memorial Day weekend tradition that extends back decades. Each race has something special to offer, and each serves …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Roundtable Discussion of the Goings-On at Indy

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Matt Stallknecht: Can I just say how excited I am to be going to Indy this weekend?! Huston Ladner: I hope you’re going as a paramedic, looks like you might have work. Toni Montgomery: I’d be excited though, too. Aaron Bearden: I’m happy for you! If things don’t get worked out, the race could be tragic, though. It’s been …

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4 Burning Questions at the 2015 All-Star Race: Kyle Busch’s Return & Clean-Air Madness

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All-Star weekend has come upon us in the world of NASCAR, and the pomp and circumstance filled extravaganza that is the Sprint All-Star Race is once again packed with storylines in advance of the race. Many different people in the industry have many different opinions on this race. Some think it is one of the …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Can IndyCar Learn from Boxing’s Recent Success?

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One day after the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Season started, I boldly professed that I would not criticize and/or overtly highlight IndyCar’s ever-present issue of declining popularity. I professed this in hopes that I and other IndyCar beat writers would focus on the positives of the sport instead of the negatives, because, put simply, the racing …

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4 Burning Questions at Talladega: Draft Masters & Differing Strategies

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Here we go to one of the few holy ground left in a modern NASCAR world that is light on tradition. Full novels could be written about what it is like to drive a stock car around the Talladega Superspeedway at 200-plus mph. Ask Rusty, or Cale or Carl. This place strikes fear in all …

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Pace Laps: A 2nd Chance to Make a 1st Impression, Ending a Dry Spell

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Sprint Cup Series: We all need a second chance sometimes – For 19-year-old Chase Elliott, Sunday afternoon at Richmond International raceway was his second-career Sprint Cup Series start – the first he will like to remember after a troublesome Martinsville debut in March. Advancing to Round 2 of Coors Light qualifying on Friday afternoon, Elliott …

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