Race Weekend Central

Tech Talk: With Jason Ratcliff for the Last Great Colosseum & Trying to Make Advances Without Testing

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With Joe Gibbs Racing coming off of a victory at Martinsville for Denny Hamlin and a top-five finish for Matt Kenseth, the organization was ready to get back to its winning ways at a mile-and-a-half track. But when the checkered flag flew over Texas, only one of its four teams finished in the top 10, and …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Duck Commander 500 at Texas

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Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway might have foreshadowed the battle for the 2015 Sprint Cup championship between Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick. It was a riveting battle for the win in the final 15 laps. And if Harvick didn’t push his car a bit too far and scrape the wall, it might have been an …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Tires, Mexico & Cup Sponsorship?

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It’s Bristol week baby! Just when things on-track might be getting a little dull in terms of the aggressive driving and driver battles, we’ll see some short-track action from the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, Bristol Motor Speedway. This past week’s winner, Jimmie Johnson, and crew chief Chad Kanus, have been just OK at Bristol, posting an …

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Carl Edwards, STANLEY Unveil Special Paint Scheme for Texas

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Carl Edwards and STANLEY got together with the Ace Hardware Foundation and the Children’s Miracle Network this morning to unveil a special paint scheme for the No. 19 Toyota for Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The scheme, which features the names of children – one from each state – that are …

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Friday Faceoff: Concerns Surrounding NASCAR Health & Tires

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1) Kyle Larson. Should we be concerned? Are you? Or should we chalk it up as a bizarre health incident? Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Number of times I have passed out without alcohol involved: zero. It is not normal to pass out in the middle of the day, even after scribbling your name a few …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Duck Commander 500 at Texas Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) Since the Sprint Cup series was off this past weekend due to the holidays, it’s just a little more difficult to tell who is hot and who is not. Maybe it should be who hasn’t cooled off after Martinsville. One driver that will continue to be on the favorites list each week is …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Martinsville, Trucks, the RTA & the Off-Weekend

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We’re now six races into the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and what a six-pack of ups and downs it has been for fans and teams alike. Who would have thought that the kind of dominance we’ve seen out of 2014 champion Kevin Harvick would come so early in the season, and that single-car operation Furniture …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville

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It seems, for the time being, that Joe Gibbs Racing is back. JGR cars took three of the top-five finishing positions at Martinsville including David Ragan (fifth), Matt Kenseth (fourth) and winner Denny Hamlin. Carl Edwards finished in 17th position. Hamlin did not lead the most laps, but he led the one that mattered most, …

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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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Kurt Busch Fastest in 1st 2015 Auto Club 400 Practice at Fontana

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After a solid run in his return to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, Kurt Busch has carried momentum into Fontana. Leading the way in the first practice of the weekend, the No. 41 car set the pace early in the session at 38.556 seconds. Busch’s pace was nearly three tenths of a second faster than Denny …

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Did You Notice? A Quick Downhill Slide. Why?

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Did You Notice? It took just four races for NASCAR’s television audience to decline? It’s a concern, considering healthy Daytona TV ratings gave the sport its expected bounce to start 2015. After the “12 Hours of Daytona” last year, no rain delay meant a stronger audience for NASCAR’s season opener; Nielsen numbers were up over …

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5 Points to Ponder: Winning, Sinking & the Best Track in NASCAR?

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Last season 13 drivers carried a win into the Chase with the three final places of the 16-driver field being filled by the three highest points finishers: Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman. So despite all the talk last year of checkers or wreckers and win or bust, places in …

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