Race Weekend Central

NASCAR 101: Where Did All the Ringers Go?

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Will AJ Allmendinger be a legitimate threat in the Chase?

There was a point in time in NASCAR’s not-so-distant past when the road-course races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series were quite the ambiguous affair – and not just because they’re among the few races in which the drivers actually have to turn right at a high speed. Then, the entry lists were dotted with …

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NASCAR 101: Who Is Rob Kauffman?

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Without a doubt, the week’s biggest news has been the rumored switch of Michael Waltrip Racing from Toyota to Chevrolet. Or a potential partnership with Furniture Row Racing. Or a similar deal with Chip Ganassi Racing. Or for MWR’s majority owner to leave the team altogether. Yeah, it’s been a wide-ranging, gossip-fueled post-Brickyard week. On …

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NASCAR 101: Is Bobby Pierce the Next Big Thing?

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It’s not always smart to use hyperbole, but sometimes it’s warranted: Bobby Pierce could be one of the next big stars in NASCAR. OK, maybe not. Perhaps the name Bobby Pierce will only surface during the NASCAR dirt race(s) each year or in relevant events in the dirt racing community. Maybe his second-place finish Wednesday …

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NASCAR 101: Who Can Join the List of Loudon Winners?

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Prior to the Sylvania 300 last fall, New Hampshire Motor Speedway produced 11 straight races with 11 different winners. It’s a streak that at the time was the longest such one in the Sprint Cup Series. The parity was great for the sport. Instead of going into the weekend largely knowing who would dominate (Jimmie …

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NASCAR 101: Meet the Drivers Making Their NASCAR Debuts This Weekend

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It doesn’t happen that often, so take note: this weekend, you can see drivers make NASCAR debuts in each of the top three series. As NASCAR rolls to Kentucky Speedway for a tripleheader weekendwith the Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck series on tap (as long as it stops raining, at least), fans will …

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NASCAR 101: Surprise Victories in the Coke Zero 400 Are Nothing New

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In many ways, the Coke Zero 400 is an inferior race to the Daytona 500. While the 400-mile race is run on the same track and under the lights, it’s not held to the same level of prestige as the season-opening event. Only Daytona 500 victors are said to be champions of Daytona International Speedway. Still, …

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NASCAR 101: Sprint Cup’s Forgotten Road Courses

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With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series set to race through the winding turns of Sonoma Raceway this weekend, many fans are expecting to see one of the best races of the season — partially because of the absence of the words aero-push and clean air, but also due to the parity road racing creates these days. Case …

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NASCAR 101: Martin Truex Jr. Not the 1st to End a Lengthy Winless Streak

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Martin Truex Jr.’s win was well deserved. The Mayetta, N.J. driver had led the most laps in the three previous weeks, only to be shut out of victory lane. The 34-year-old driver was also in the midst of a 69-race winless-streak, stretching back to the 2013 Sonoma triumph with Michael Waltrip Racing that ironically set …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Sons of Former Drivers Who, Like Jesse Little, Started in the Truck Series

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Your eyes dart to the leaderboard during the Lucas Oil 200 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Dover International Speedway and you see a somewhat familiar sight, if you’ve been following the sport long enough: the No. 97 and the last name Little. No tricks here, though it’s not Chad Little you’re seeing …

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NASCAR 101: Most Dominating Coca-Cola 600 Performances

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This weekend marks the 56th running of the Coca-Cola 600, or, for longtime fans of the sport, the World 600. The premise of the race when it first began was simple: pit man against machine. What would tire first: an overworked engine or a weary driver? 400 laps of exhausting wrestling of the steering wheel …

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NASCAR 101: Which State Has the Most NASCAR Drivers?

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You probably already know the hometown of your favorite driver. Why wouldn’t you? You know everything about them, especially in the age of social media. Looking up a home state is a cakewalk. But every driver? That’s a lot of information to digest and remember. And where is the highest concentration of NASCAR drivers in …

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