Race Weekend Central

Happiness Is: The Magic 8-Ball Edition

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One of the stories that came to light in the past couple days was that beloved NASCAR czar Brian France – or as many of his legion of followers refer to him, Brain France – is open to the possibility of cutting some of the length of the races on the schedule. This potential change …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things That Make You Go… Huh?

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy is scratching her head about some of this year’s events. …

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It’s Official: David Ragan to Michael Waltrip Racing for Remainder of 2015

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Last week, it was reported that David Ragan will move to Michael Waltrip Racing beginning next weekend at Kansas Speedway to make room for Erik Jones at Joe Gibbs Racing. This morning, MWR made it official, announcing Ragan will pilot the No. 55 Toyota for the remainder of the 2015 season. “The only way I …

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David Ragan Ready to Move to Michael Waltrip Racing Soon

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The injury-plagued NASCAR season continues, and Joe Gibbs Racing is at the center of it all. David Ragan has substituted for Kyle Busch since the second race of the year, where the driver of the No. 18 car injured both of his legs. Prior to a 41st-place finish at Bristol, Ragan sat 10th in points …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Tracks You’ll Never See Again & What’s Up with Toyota?

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How fitting that following the first NASCAR off-weekend, the Sprint Cup Series descends on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. They say things are bigger in Texas, and the return of NASCAR as we kick off spring, couldn’t be any bigger. Speaking of big, the fine that Ryan Newman and crew chief Luke Lambert, were handed …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Easter Off-Weekend – It is Kevin Harvick’s World, Everyone Else is Just Looking for a Nut

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Who’s in the headline – There are multiple story lines in play over the first two months of the Cup season. Kevin Harvick has picked up where he left off the 2014 season as the dominant car on the circuit. Penske Racing is still carrying the banner for the Ford contingent while Toyota was finally …

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Did You Notice? Inside The Debris, Toyota Troubles & Quick Hits

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Did You Notice? The amount of cautions for debris and fluid this season? Yes, of course you have; it’s the topic of the week. But the controversial calls at the end of the Fontana race are nothing new when we look at NASCAR in 2015. Debris, competition and fluid yellows have been thrown at an alarming …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Brian Vickers, Furniture Row & Is Kurt Busch Really Back?

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What a race this past weekend in Fontana, right? The string of cautions during the last laps and the passing for the lead, especially when it counted for race winner Brad Keselowski, all really helped to amp up the Auto Club 400. Coors Light Pole Award winner Kurt Busch, really has made a tremendous leap …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) Timing can be everything in life, so when Brad Keselowski charged to the front on the final lap Sunday afternoon at Fontana, he put himself on the hot list. Keselowski has been pretty good this year, but not quite good enough to make it to victory lane. It appeared that was going to …

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5 Points to Ponder: Mystery Debris, Chase’s Time to Shine & Brian Vickers’s Future

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Race-Defying Debris It’s been the talk of the town since Brad Keselowski miraculously won at Fontana. He still doesn’t know how he did it. Leading a mere lap en route to victory for the second time in his career, Keselowski showed that he’s truly stout behind the wheel. However, multiple debris cautions late in the race …

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Brian Vickers Out 3 Months Minimum (Update: Brett Moffitt Subbing at Martinsville)

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Update: Brett Moffitt will fill in for Brian Vickers yet again this weekend at Martinsville Speedway as Moffitt recovers from blood clots. Chris Buescher will again pilot Front Row Motorsports’ No. 34 in Moffitt’s place. On Sunday afternoon, Vickers appeared on FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR RaceDay to set the record straight about his latest medical setback. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Auto Club 400 at Fontana

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Who’s in the headline – Brad Keselowski may get credit for the win, but Kurt Busch is in the spotlight for how close he came to taking the checkered flag in his second race back from suspension. Busch was leading when a caution flag flew with less than two laps to go, one that resulted in a …

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