Race Weekend Central

Alex Bowman Toughs Out Top 10 in Martinsville

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Alex Bowman returned to the top 10 in Monday’s STP 500 from Martinsville Speedway. And following a rather slow start to his first campaign with Hendrick Motorsports, the result felt even better. Bowman entered the Virginia short track with five straight top-20 finishes. Though consistent, a ride in Hendrick equipment breeds a certain amount of …

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Up to Speed: No Urgency Necessary for Alex Bowman & William Byron

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Remember last year’s Brickyard 400? The ending of the race was a hot mess. A multi-car crash brought out the yellow flag with 10 laps left in the scheduled distance, ending a long green flag run.  From then on, it seemed that even NASCAR’s best could not go more than one lap without triggering another …

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Axalta Extends Relationship With Hendrick Motorsports Through 2022

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Axalta has reached an agreement to remain a primary sponsor of Hendrick Motorsports cars through 2022. The leading global supplier of liquid and powder coating has been a sponsor of the organization with both the Axalta brand and the Dupont brand. Axalta will be featured as a primary sponsorship through 2022 on Chevrolet ZL1’s fielded …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Blowout Problem

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR winners aren’t just squeaking into Victory Lane — they’re rolling over their competition. Three of five races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season have been won by 2.5 seconds or more. Martin Truex Jr. coasted to the win at Auto Club Speedway by nearly 12 seconds Sunday; only 10 …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Clubs the Competition at Auto Club

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Who’s in the headline For the first time in 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, Martin Truex Jr. won a stage other than the final one. He started on the pole at Auto Club Speedway, won both stages and the race for a clean sweep of the weekend. Truex won by more than 11 …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Harvick This Year’s MTJ?

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Kevin Harvick continued his dominance by spanking the field this past weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his second consecutive victory. And this weekend, the circuit heads to ISM Raceway, Harvick’s most successful track. Is it too early to say that Harvick is this year’s MTJ? Davey Segal: Folks, let’s look at the big …

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4 Burning Questions: What’s in Store this Weekend in the Desert?

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What will the homecoming of Alex Bowman look like? If there was just one race anybody could point to as to why Alex Bowman got the nod to permanently replace Dale Earnhardt Jr., it would undoubtedly end up being the 2016 fall race at Phoenix. Bowman, at the time substituting for Earnhardt, drove the race …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2018 Ticket Guardian 500

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NASCAR heads to ISM Raceway this weekend in Phoenix for the Ticket Guardian 500. The one-mile race track is technically a short track but races more like an intermediate circuit with its unique, dog-leg shape. With 312 scheduled laps, expect DraftKings strategy to play out like an intermediate as well. The factors that go into …

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5 Points To Ponder: Fords In Focus, Danica Who?, And Kevin Harvick, Then And Now

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ONE: Fords To The Front, Take Two Camaro who? Camry what? Ford may have the oldest car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series but they’re certainly learning new tricks to beat their manufacturer competition straight into submission. Kevin Harvick’s dominating Atlanta performance came with fellow Ford driver Brad Keselowski in tow. Combined, the duo …

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Up to Speed: Wild & Young Racers Steal the Show at Daytona

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If the Daytona 500 is any indication, the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season could be one of the wildest in years. Granted, making any predictions about an entire season based only on the first race is a dangerous game.  The Daytona 500 is unlike any other race on the NASCAR schedule, and restrictor plate …

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Friday Faceoff: What’s The Deal With NASCAR Ride Height Rules?


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Alex Bowman kicked off his tenure as the full-time driver of the No. 88 by putting his hot rod on the pole. But even with that, people are still referring to him as “Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s replacement.” What will Bowman need to do to get out of Earnhardt Jr.’s shadow? Davey Segal: Alex Bowman is …

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4 Burning Questions: How Crash-Filled Will Daytona Be?

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Who will become the 2018 Daytona 500 champion? It’s hard to pick a winner in any NASCAR race, let alone a restrictor plate race. There are literally 35-36 cars in the 40-car field that can stay in the draft and have a decent shot at winning as long as they can make it to the …

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