Race Weekend Central

NASCAR Mailbox: Winless Champ Not Such a Stretch After All?

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One week makes all the difference, doesn’t it? Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s win at Martinsville on Sunday, while great for the morale of the team, was a case of too little too late. After being eliminated from the Chase one week prior at Talladega, Earnhardt pulled through and won the very next week at Martinsville, a …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Absence of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. from Chase Doesn’t Change Anything

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s failure to move onto the next round in the Chase Grid might perhaps be the best thing to happen to the Chase detractors who want to see the end of it all. I mean, Earnhardt was doing so well and was poised to potentially win his first career Sprint Cup Series championship, …

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Marching Tar Heels Will Play National Anthem at Martinsville Speeday

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NASCAR is filled with many timeless traditions that fans participate in. Tailgating outside the track, infield camping, cheering loudly during driver intros for the ones you like, booing those you don’t, standing respectfully while listening to the national anthem… …complaining about it afterwards. No tradition is more valued or sacred to NASCAR fans than the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Chase or No Chase, Using Car as a Weapon is Still Wrong

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Drama. Brad Keselowski. Those two seem to go hand-in-hand, don’t they? In fact, the two were a perfect match last Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Keselowski managed to tick off no less than three drivers by the end of the night. He even lit the fuse of the generally mild-mannered Matt Kenseth, with a …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Mason Mitchell Makes History in the ARCA Racing Series


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Mason Mitchell may be a youngster, but he drives like a veteran and proved that by winning the 2014 ARCA Racing Series championship in only his second season. Though the team only won one race all year, Mason Mitchell Motorsports–a team that didn’t even exist a year ago–showed speed all season and was able to …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Championship Frontrunners are Now Chase Backmarkers

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When the new Chase format was announced, no other round instilled so much fear as that of the Contender round. The Contender round involved the treacherous and unforgiving Talladega Superspeedway, a track known more for its crapshoot tendencies than its exciting racing. What’s worse is that Talladega is the final race of this round, adding …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Summer Bedgood has you covered with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six.  Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Though rookie Kyle Larson was incredibly impressive, nearly earning his first career NASCAR …

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Nationwide Breakdown: Kansas Lottery 300

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or not. While seeing Kyle Busch win a NASCAR Nationwide Series race isn’t necessarily unusual, Busch winning at Kansas is more of a rarity. Though Busch does have a Nationwide Series victory at the track from back in 2007, a variety of bad luck and …

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Non-Chasers Fast In Early Saturday Practice Session

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series completed one of two practice sessions Saturday morning and the non-Chasers stole the spotlight. Marcos Ambrose was the quickest with a time of 28.176 sec at 191.652 mph. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammates Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson were second and third, respectively. One would have to glance down to fourth-place …

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Kevin Harvick Wins Eighth Pole Position of Season at Kansas Speedway

For the eighth time this season, Kevin Harvick will lead the field to the green in this Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. This is Harvick’s third pole in a row at this particular racetrack, posting a speed of 197.621 mph—a new track record. Second-fastest Brian Vickers will line up alongside Harvick, …

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