Race Weekend Central

Voice of Vito: Toyotas Vs. Tires

2017 Cup New Hampshire Zach Catanzareti Brad Keselowski Ryan Blaney

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

There was a lot of politicking at Michigan International Speedway last weekend, reminiscent of the 1990s and early 2000s back and forth among the manufacturers. The rumor was that NASCAR was planning on taking cars to the wind tunnel after the race, as it is the final intermediate track race, which make up the majority …

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Voice of Vito: Knowing When To Fold ‘Em and Top NASCAR Silly Season Rides Revisited for 2018

Nascar 2017 Cup Jason Ratcliff Matt Kenseth Nascar (photo: Nigel Kinrade / Nkp)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Chasing Amy Following the unveiling of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Darlington throwback scheme on Tuesday, Junior Nation was at odds with one another, as well as an Earnhardt. What, they didn’t dig the AC Delco scheme that Junior piloted to two consecutive titles in 1998 and 1999? Sorry, wrong Earnhardt. It’s actually Dale Jr.’s wife, Amy, enduring …

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Voice of Vito: Injustice in XFINITY

2017 Atlanta Cup Denny Hamlin Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Taking Candy from a Baby – with a Bat Denny Hamlin’s last-lap battle with William Byron to win the NASCAR XFINITY Series’ Irish Hills 250 Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, was yet another checkmark next to the growing list of reasons of why Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers competing in the lower-tier XFINITY and …

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Voice of Vito: Defending, Making Sense of Danica Patrick’s Post-Wreck Pouting

2017 Kansas I Cup Danica Patrick Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

NASCAR, like most sports, has had its share of polarizing personalities over the last few years. They typically are welcomed to the sport with open arms by fans and those within the sport, championing a new fresh face that can upset the current guard and maybe become the next household name. Back in the day …

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Voice of Vito: NASCAR Becoming Detrimental to Stock Car Racing

2015 Charlotte Ii Cup Kyle Larson Spin Cia

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Let’s dispense with the typical flowery introduction or using irrelevant song lyrics to frame a story. Instead, as a break from what has become the norm in NASCAR, let’s speak with consistency and clarity: NASCAR’s actions governing their sport the past three weeks are detrimental to stock car racing. Tuesday afternoon, NASCAR suspended Matt Kenseth …

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Voice of Vito: Daytona Rising… to the Challenge?

Austin Dillon's car goes airbornin a last-lap crash at Daytona in the Coke Zero 400

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By now we’ve all seen the harrowing television footage, YouTube clips, Vines and Instagram loops of Austin Dillon’s and fans’ brush with mortality in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. In the wee hours of Monday morning, following a four-hour rain delay, NASCAR once again whistled past the graveyard of both drivers and fans being …

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Voice of Vito: Stewart-Harvick Pit Crew Swap High-Risk Operation

2014 Atlanta Cup Kevin Harvick Tony Stewart Cia

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. © 2014)

With the news Tuesday that Stewart-Haas Racing has elected to swap the pit crews of Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart, it confirmed two things: a squeaky wheel gets you grease, and SHR is serious about capturing its second championship in four seasons. Some traditionalists might balk at the notion, as this move occurs on the …

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Voice of Vito: Scouting Championship Scenarios in Pre-Chase Preview

2014 Dover I Cup Jimmie Johnson Woohoo Cia

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Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway will mark the final event of the 26-week regular season and set the stage for the latest iteration of NASCAR’s Chase playoff system. It’s been 10 years and four championship scenarios now, of heading into RIR the first weekend of September to see who’s in …

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Voice of Vito: Truck Termination, Schedule Shortcomings And JGR Shakeup?

2014 Iowa Cwts Ron Hornaday Jr Truck Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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Truck Series Termination Word came down late Friday afternoon that the Turner Scott Motorsports Truck Series team of Ron Hornaday, Jr. would not be competing this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. The four-time champion is currently fourth in series points heading into this weekend’s race, but that didn’t stop the doors …

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Voice of Vito: Is Edwards’ Exit Worth The Risk?

2014 Sonoma Cup Carl Edwards Trophy Cia

With the announcement that Carl Edwards is headed to Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2015 season to drive their No. 19 Toyotas, its timing may be cause for some reservation. A month ago as rumors ran wild, it looked like a no-brainer; the Roush Fords he had driven for the past decade cars were out …

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Voice of Vito: Sprint Car Tragedy Brings Media’s Worst to The Surface

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It’s been four days since the world learned of the tragic accident that took place on Saturday evening that claimed the life of 20-year old sprint car driver Kevin Ward, Jr., and may questions still remain surrounding the accident from how it started, to what amateur video may reveal, and how this could have happened …

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Voice of Vito: NASCAR Ratings Revelation – Current System Isn’t Cutting It

2014 Daytona Ii Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Matt Kenseth Tony Stewart Crash Cia

Ratings continue to be wreck week in and week out this season, though attendance is improving.

Television ratings for the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono were released on Tuesday, and the picture painted is a familiar one for 2014 – and it resembles Edvard Munch’s The Scream: a final rating of 2.8, a 13% decrease from 2012. Given the relatively low ratings, a decrease of 13% may sound harmless, but a deeper …

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