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4 Burning Questions at Richmond: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Richmond

2015 Bristol I Cup Enny Hamlin Car Credit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

After a rainy marathon of a race at Bristol, the Sprint Cup Series will head to another short track, Richmond International Raceway, for the ninth round of the series’ regular season. Bristol, as expected, was an absolute brawl of a race, with torn-up race cars and flared tempers abound. Much of the same is expected …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Taking Stock of the 2015 IndyCar Season After 3 Races

Indycar 2015 St. Pete Juan Pablo Montoya Will Power Racing Credit John Cote

(Photo: John Cote/INDYCAR)

Open-Wheel Wednesday – This week is a group chat with Matt Stallknecht, Toni Montgomery, Huston Ladner, and Aaron Bearden.   Huston: What you got to start us off with? Anyone‏? Toni: Well let’s see there’s the new aero kits.‏ Matt: I’d say the aero kits have been a modest success thus far‏. Toni: I’d say …

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4 Burning Questions at Bristol: Repetitive Rain and Shining Underdogs

2015 Martinsville I Cup Kyle Larson Jimmie Johnson Vertical Credit Amy Henderson

Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

Bristol Motor Speedway. The very utterance of the name elicits countless images of watershed moments of the sport’s history that have taken place at the track over the years. It is a historic track, and the Food City 500 is a historic race. The best of the Sprint Cup Series will do battle on Bristol’s …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: A Moratorium on Racing in the Rain

Indycar 2015 Nola James Hinchcliffe On Track Credit Chris Owens

Photo Credit: Chris Owens

I’m not sure when or why it happened, but it seems that motorsports fans have developed a strange affinity for racing in the rain in recent years. And to be quite frank, the fascination confuses me. With the exception of Formula 1 and select sports car series, no series on the planet is currently capable …

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IndyCar Recap: 2015 Grand Prix of New Orleans

Indycar 2015 Nola James Hinchcliffe Thumbs Up Credit Chris Jones

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

In a Nutshell: James Hinchcliffe had the winning lottery number in a race so disjointed that the only real determining factor of the race’s final finishing order was a twisted combination of luck and strategy. Key Moment:  The second half of the race was essentially nothing more than a series of caution periods. On a lap …

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Pace Laps: Youth Prevails, Redemption in Vegas, Controversy & More

Indycar 2015 Nola Simon Pagenaud In Grass Credit Bret Kelley

Photo Credit: Bret Kelley

Xfinity Series: The Future Has Arrived – It only took nine races until Erik Jones drove a Joe Gibbs Racing car into Victory Lane. The soon-to-be 19-year-old outran two Cup Series veterans at Texas, and in doing so, gave JGR its first Xfinity Series win since Matt Kenseth‘s triumph in the season-finale last year. Jones’s victory …

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4 Burning Questions in Texas: Roush’s Hopeful Turnaround & a Rainy Day in Texas

Trevor Bayne Martinsville 2015 Mike Neff 018

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Texas Motor Speedway is the site of this week’s round of NASCAR Sprint Cup action as the series returns from its annual Easter break recess. Now refreshed and ready to roll, the drivers and teams enter this weekend’s race looking to either build on their early-season success (see: Harvick, Kevin), or avenge their early season failures …

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4 Burning Questions: 2015 Easter Off-Week Edition

2015 Martinsville I Cup David Ragan Car Ii Credit Amy Henderson

Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

We’ve reached the first off-week of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and oh, what a season it’s been thus far. Injuries, sub drivers, close finishes, surprises – we’ve seen a little bit of everything here in 2015. Six races into the season, we now have a good idea of who has speed, who’s off …

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IndyCar Recap: 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Indycar 2015 St. Pete Juan Pablo Montoya And Team Victory Lane Credit Chris Jones

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

In a Nutshell: Team Penske teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power fought hammer and tong for the lead all race long, with Montoya edging the defending champ out to win courtesy of a great pit stop with 27 laps to go. Key Moment:  Power had a comfortable lead over Montoya before the final round of …

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Pace Laps: Short-Track Racing, Indy Returns, NHRA 4-Wides & F1

Indycar 2015 St. Pete Power Montoya Kanaan Podium Credit Chris Jones

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

NHRA: 4-Wide Nationals Produce Surprise Winners – It was a good day for Don Schumacher Racing, as they scored Funny Car win No. 100 with Fast Jack Beckman and then completed the Nitro sweep for the 47th time with a Top Fuel win by Antron Brown at the 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, …

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4 Burning Questions at Martinsville: Dastardly Debris & Kurt Busch’s Chance to Cash In

2014 Dover Ii Cup Kurt Busch Cia

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Another year has passed, and another West Coast Swing is in the books. The 2015 edition NASCAR’s annual early-season excursion out West produced a litany of storylines that will serve as the bedrock for the rest of the 2015 season’s plot. Kevin Harvick has emerged as the clear favorite for the title, while teammate Kurt …

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4 Burning Questions at Auto Club: Kevin Harvick’s Dominance & Tony Stewart’s Chance to Shine

Tony Stewart

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It’s Kevin Harvick’s world, and we’re all just living in it. That was pretty much the sentiment that NASCAR followers came away with after witnessing Harvick thoroughly whip the field for a second straight week in Phoenix last Sunday. Harvick has been the dominant force thus far on NASCAR new-look West Coast Swing and enters …

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