Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

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Who’s in the headline – You’d think a Dale Earnhardt Jr. victory at Daytona International Speedway would immediately steal all the headlines. Instead? He’ll have to split them with Austin Dillon this week. Dillon’s flight into the catchfence – seriously, his entire car cleared the wall – will be seen around the world for weeks, months and years …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

2015 Sonoma Cup Kyle Busch Woohoo Cia

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Who’s in the headline – Racing can involve a myriad of strategies on a normal weekend. On a road course, the options become even more diverse. After three different fuel strategies had all played out, a late-race caution resulted in a majority of the field coming onto pit road with 10 laps to go. Kyle …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: A Trio of Dominant Drivers, Rules Tampering & Chevrolet’s Success

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Who’s in the headline – Many drivers have garnered front page news since the green flag dropped on Daytona in February. Among those, three stand out above the rest in 2015. Kevin Harvick has been the class of the field in almost every race this season. He finished inside the top two in the first five …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan

2015 Michigan I Cup Kurt Busch And Girl Trophy Cia

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Who’s in the headline – While Kurt Busch took home the trophy and is now certainly locked into the Chase, the real headliner from Michigan was Mother Nature. Four red flags for rain and a total delay of 128:51 before the event was called, gave most attention of the weekend to the weather. Once the …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Pocono Spring Race Recap

2015 Pocono I Cup Martin Truex Jr Wins Cia

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Editor’s Note: Mike Neff, who usually writes these things these days, was called away by an important assignment at the last minute and asked if I could fill in. (OK, so actually I dragged him out of bed in the middle of the night, stuffed him in a closet, nailed it shut and asked if …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 FedEx 400 at Dover

2015 Dover I Cup Jimmie Johnson Trophy Cia

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Who’s in the headline – There is domination, and then there is total domination. There have only been four drivers in the history of the sport who won 10 or more races at a single track. After Sunday that number increased by one as Jimmie Johnson rode to Victory Lane at Dover International Speedway for the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

2015 Charlotte I Cup Carl Edwards Checkered Flag Cia

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Who’s in the headline – Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch dominated the race, leading almost 250 of the 400 laps. The eighth and final caution of the race flew with 62 laps to go, and five cars chose to roll the dice and try and stretch their fuel mileage for all of those laps. In …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte

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Who’s in the headline – While most of the stories will be written about Denny Hamlin winning the race, it is his pit crew that really should be in the spotlight. On the mandatory stop before the final 10-lap segment, Hamlin’s crew threw down a 10.4-second pit stop. DJ Copp told Frontstretch in 2013 that …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Spongebob Squarepants 400 at Kansas

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Who’s in the headline – The newest iteration of the Chase has made gambling much easier for those people who have a win or two under their belts. Saturday night, Jimmie Johnson put another notch in his as he stretched his fuel and tires to a victory. A late-race caution allowed Johnson and his No. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 GEICO 500 at Talladega

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Who’s in the headline – It took 11 years but Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally won another Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega. After some spirited racing for much of the first part of the race, the last third turned into a mind-numbing parade with little to no action at all. Earnhardt pitted with a few …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

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Who’s in the headline – Kurt Busch started off the year watching the Daytona 500 from his couch thanks to a NASCAR suspension. After getting back in the car at Phoenix, he was fast from the drop of the green flag. He had a win stolen by a questionable caution at Fontana but now has …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Food City 500 at Bristol

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Who’s in the headline – Matt Kenseth has waited 51 races to visit Victory Lane. Great strategy by his crew chief Jason Ratcliff and enough luck to avoid all of the carnage that befell so many others both contributed to the win. While Kenseth downplayed it, driver ability obviously contributed greatly as well. In the …

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