Race Weekend Central

Peace Declared in NASCAR Nation: How Did That Happen?

On the heels of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s announcement that he was sitting out the New Hampshire 301 due to suffering from concussion-like symptoms, Hendrick Motorsports made an equally stunning statement that Jeff Gordon might be returning to the track in Indianapolis this upcoming weekend driving the No. 88. If there was ever a moment where …

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The Brickyard 400 Delivers State of the Sport Address

The Brickyard 400 delivered a State of the Sport address on Sunday, and it was a mixed bag. Regarding attendance: Once again huge swaths of the grandstands stood empty under the blazing July sun. When it is 100F outside I completely understand a casual fan’s disinterest in getting roasted. However, the decline of America attending …

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They Lost the Track! Where Did Pocono Go During the Fog Delay?

It was odd. First Turn 1  and thn Turn 2 vanished in a thick pea soup-like weather phenomenon on Monday, bringing the Pennsylvania 400 to an early conclusion. Heard across social and broadcast media were explanations about what “losing the track” actually meant; a clarification needed when nobody could actually see the racing surface. S0…where …

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Whatever It Takes: A Tale of Two Teams

Denny Hamlin arrived in Victory Lane on his own two feet, having left the No. 11 FedEx Toyota at the Start/Finish line in a smoking heap.  However, he wasn’t exactly dancing.  He walked gingerly.  Watching him climb from his car was a study in agony.  What was wrong? Did he hit something? No.  It was …

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Byron’s Contract with JR Motorsports: Is It a Smart Move?

Last week, Rick Hendrick sat next to William Byron in the media center at Bristol to make a formal announcement of Byron’s ascension into the XFinity Series for 2017. Some eyebrows raised and there was a flurry of excitement in the Twittersphere.  What was all the excitement about?  Of course Byron should be moving up …

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A Tale of Two Drivers: Karma Can Take Years Sometimes

It feels great when a car is running for the lead and the entire grandstand gets up to cheer. Such were the moments at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as Martin Truex Jr. made a run for the front several times during the glittering September afternoon.  It was clear that the mild mattered kid from New …

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The Post-Race Panic: Something That Needs Attention

Driving your car into a crowd of people seems completely unbelievable, doesn’t it? Especially when the police department quickly determined that the driver was not under the influence of alcohol.  It simply stymies the imagination. Well, the unthinkable happened at Martinsville Sunday evening about an hour after the end of the race. It looks like …

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Chasing the Final Four: Did NASCAR Get it Right?

Logano, Kyle, Jimmie and Cousin Carl…did the mysterious conglomeration of points, wins and chance called the Chase deliver to NASCAR Nation the right combination of drivers eligible to win the 2016 Sprint Cup Championship? Let’s look at the facts: Sixteen drivers entered into the Chase back in September.  Some competitors like Chris Buescher, Austin Dillon, …

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