Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice?: NASCAR Halfway Through Regular Season

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR is halfway through the 26-race regular season? Year one post-Dale Earnhardt Jr. has come with an expected ratings and attendance decline. But as the sport attempts to move forward, perhaps its biggest 2018 storyline is stagnancy at the top. Three of last year’s Championship 4: Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and reigning champion …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Memorial Day Edition

2017 Kansas I Cup Kurt Busch Brett Moist Nkp

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The Greatest Day in Racing began on Sunday morning with Daniel Ricciardo leading every lap of F1’s Monaco Grand Prix. Then the focus shifted over to IndyCar, as Will Power won Team Penske’s 17th Indianapolis 500. The marathon concluded with NASCAR’s endurance trials at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the Coca-Cola 600. Kyle Busch dominated, as …

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Tech Talk: Justin Alexander Prepares for Radical All-Star Rules Package

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Quaker State 400 Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky Usa Friday 7 July 2017 Justin Alexander World Copyright: Logan Whitton Nkp

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This weekend is a reward, or at least that is what it is supposed to be. Drivers and teams who have won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race since 2017, along with winners of the All-Star Race in the last 10 years get to showcase their talents in front of many of the people …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: KC Masterpiece 400

Kansas Cup

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NASCAR heads to Kansas Speedway this weekend for the KC Masterpiece 400. Saturday night (May 11) marks the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ return to intermediate track racing following a four-race stretch of short tracks and superspeedways. FanDuel debuted its new daily fantasy NASCAR contest at Talladega two weeks ago and it will continue on …

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3 Cup Teams, 2 XFINITY Teams Receive L1 Penalties Following Dover

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Following the post-Dover teardowns at NASCAR’s R&D Centers, the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team, the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team, and the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team all received L1-level penalties. The N0. 14 and No. 19 teams each violated rules related to the rear windows. Dover runner-up finisher Clint Bowyer‘s window did …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Sweeps Up Dover

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's Celebrates In Victory Lane After Winning Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Who’s in the headline After a drought of six long races, Kevin Harvick is back in Victory Lane. The No. 4 Ford was the most dominant car all weekend at Dover and it showed throughout the race. Harvick started on the outside of the front row with the second fastest qualifying time. He led the …

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2-Headed Monster: Is It Time For A New Restrictor-Plate Rules Package?

#20: Erik Jones, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Xyo Network Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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If it is broke, fix it. Talladega Superspeedway has a reputation as a wild, unpredictable place where anything can, and usually does, happen. This reputation comes from years of photo finishes and four-wide dashes to the finish line. The grandstands were adequately full on Sunday, and I bet those folks were expecting another classic to …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Happened to Austin Dillon?

2018 Talladega Cup Zach Catanzareti Austin Dillon

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As Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have taken the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series by storm to start the 2018 season, no one is surprised. Two of the best drivers, competing for two of the top organizations in the sport, have simply dominated the first portion of the year, and not much seems to be …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Drivers Only Broadcast Shines

#22: Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Shell Pennzoil And #21: Paul Menard, Wood Brothers Racing, Ford Fusion Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

Joey Logano leading a quiet race (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Talladega brings all kinds of unusual instances.  This year, we got drivers in the booth, Darrell Waltrip apparently not being in on a joke and wheelies.  By Talladega standards, it was quirky, but not insane. Before we get into the Alabama adventure, there’s some TV news of note.  On Monday, IMSA and NBC Sports jointly …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: GEICO 500

2018 Daytona Cup Daytona 500 Zach Catanzareti Aric Almirola

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The edge-of-your-seat excitement produced by restrictor plate racing is paired with a great new fantasy game this weekend. FanDuel announced earlier this week it will be opening up weekly NASCAR contests, the first of which debuts this Sunday at Talladega. Don’t miss out and play with your favorite Frontstretch writers! The contest entries lock at 2:00 …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: GEICO 500

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Pennzoil 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nv Usa Friday 2 March 2018 Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Discount Tire World Copyright: Russell Labounty Nkp

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NASCAR heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the GEICO 500. The 2.66-mile track is the largest one on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. Enter the $5 Frontstretch GEICO 500 NASCAR contest for your chance to win! The edge-of-your-seat excitement produced by restrictor plate racing is paired with a great new fantasy game …

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Tech Talk: Springs, Splits, Shocks & Tires

Justin Alexander Cup 2017 Charlotte Mike Neff

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The third short track in four races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is a completely different challenge from the previous two. Martinsville Speedway is a flat, high-braking, rubbin’-is-racin’ kind of track. Bristol Motor Speedway is high banks with minimal braking, but the cars still trade paint. Richmond Raceway, meanwhile, is the short track …

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