Race Weekend Central

Five Points to Ponder: A Week Off, the Lost Shepherd and Burton’s (Possibly) Final Run

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ONE: A MUCH DESERVED WEEK OFF It’s a temporary respite this weekend for the Sprint Cup circus as NASCAR’s top series goes dark for one final time before the stretch run to the finish in November. For the drivers, crews and teams it’s a chance to catch their collective breath ahead of a grueling 17 …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – New Hampshire – Keselowski Turns the Competition Redd

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Key Moment – The Penske cars were both strong at New Hampshire, with Brad Keselowski being the strongest. Joey Logano was looking better as the race progressed and seemed to be poised to make Keselowski earn his win when the the two teammates caught Morgan Shepherd to put him yet another lap down. Shepherd slid …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Camping World RV Sales 301 at Loudon

Pack racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week 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? He may not have had a top finish, but he …

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The Fallacy Of The Fastest 43

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Joey Logano and Morgan Shepherd spin at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Credit: CIA)

Every American major league sport sells itself as the best of the best. The Super Bowl is designed to crown the “best” football team in the world (Canadian Football, be damned!) The Stanley Cup is fought with the “top” hockey players signed to North American contracts. On Tuesday, Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game will highlight …

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Keselowski’s Dominance: What Does it Mean for September?

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Joey Logano visits teammate Brad Keselowski at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Credit: CIA)

For the second time in the last three races, Team Penske was on top of their game.  Brad Keselowski turned in a dominating performance, seeming to easily weave his way to the front no matter what  others strategies were thrown at him.  Joey Logano was making a valiant attempt at keeping up with his teammate …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Daytona-2

2014 Daytona Ii Cup Aric Almirola Team Victory Lane Cia

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It was not the way anyone expected or wanted the race to end, but one fact cannot be denied: Aric Almirola is a winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He put the famed No. 43 back in Victory Lane for the first time since 1999, launching it right into the 2014 Chase during the …

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Racing to the Point: Aric Almirola Adds Another Asterisk

2014 Sonoma Cup Aric Almirola Cia

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Every sport has its share of asterisks. There are always going to be games, races and matches that don’t end to our satisfaction, records that are cheaply broken and even legacies that are called into question. Baseball deals with the term more than any other sport. Alex Rodriguez could actually trademark the asterisk at this …

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Five Points: Halfway Home, Rocket Man & Sliced Bread

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ONE: HALFWAY HOME Saturday evening’s race under the lights on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway will mark the 18th race of the season and thus the halfway mark on the 2014 Sprint Cup schedule. Given the sheer length of the season the point at which we have more races in the books than …

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Four Burning Questions – Kentucky: Rough Rides and Short Fields

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Kentucky Speedway is the site of the seventeenth round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and with the halfway point of the season only one week away, we have a rather clear picture of who the contenders will be going forward as well as how the Chase may unfold. Kentucky is now entering it’s …

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Fantasy Insider: Will The K-Factor Continue In Kentucky?

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup series will make its way to Kentucky for the fourth time Saturday night. When it comes to making picks, there is not a whole lot of history to go on here for the Cup drivers. But with three races, there are at least some trends we can look at. The one …

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Top 15 Power Rankings After Michigan

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Remember when all anyone could talk about was the fact Jimmie Johnson hadn’t won a race yet in 2014, and he kept saying over and over again not to worry? Looks like he was right. Johnson played the late-race pit strategy perfectly en route to his first career win at Michigan and third overall in …

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