Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Sudden Shift Hands Johnson Record-Tying Title

Jimmie Johnson

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Who’s in the headline – The elite level of NASCAR has increased by 50%. There are many gauges to judge the greats but championships are a huge differentiator. Jimmie Johnson took advantage of circumstances that fell his way, led the final three laps, and notched his seventh career title. Johnson shares the headline with Tony …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Ford EcoBoost 400

2016 Cup Homestead Miami Speedway Zach Catanzareti Jimmie Johnson

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Since Homestead became the season-ending race, drivers out of title contention have barely gotten a second glance for most of the weekend, and since the current Chase format came along, forget about seeing anyone else.  This weekend was no exception, and even as Kyle Larson was owning the …

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The Agony of Defeat for Joey Logano: ‘This Hurts’

2016 Cup Homestead Miami Speedway Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano

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10 laps is all that separated Joey Logano from his first Sprint Cup championship. One move to the inside on a restart gave him the inside track on that title. One accident, seconds later left him and championship contender Carl Edwards pondering what might have been. Logano, restarting third, made a move on Edwards, who forced …

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Huge Wreck Eliminates Carl Edwards From Title Contention

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For much of Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Carl Edwards was at minimum the best Chaser on track and, at times, the best driver on track, period.  Edwards led 47 laps and had a spirited battle through the middle sections of the race with Kyle Larson. He lost the war, totaling his car …

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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Ford EcoBoost 400 And Cup Title Staff Predictions

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Welcome to our ninth year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Cup race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week in the Ford EcoBoost 400! Think you can …

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Carl Edwards: How 2011 Near-Miss Motivates Him Now

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Back in 2011, Carl Edwards got as close as you could get to winning a championship without actually taking home the title. It’s a runner-up finish he’s at peace with, a near-miss people mention all the time. This week was different. Monday evening, NBC Sports played back the 2011 Homestead-Miami Speedway event, honoring Tony Stewart …

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Kevin Harvick Wins Ford 400 Pole While Best Chaser Runs Ninth

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Kevin Harvick may not be in the Championship 4 this year. Instead, he’s been busy embracing a new role: championship spoiler. Harvick won the pole for the Ford 400 Sunday in a qualifying session where none of the Chasers placed higher than ninth. His Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet paced the field with a speed of 177.637 mph, …

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3-Headed Monster: Which Championship Race Will Put on the Best Show?

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11-12 November, 2016, Avondale, Arizona USA Kyle Busch, NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry and Erik Jones, Hisense Toyota Camry ©2016, Lesley Ann Miller LAT Photo USA

Three races. Twelve drivers. Three championships up for grabs. Who will win? That’s the big question heading into the NASCAR finale weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway: Who will win? For the Sprint Cup Series, it’s a question that’s been asked the past two years as four drivers have come into the finale with a shot at …

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The 10: Phoenix Pandemonium

2016 Nascar Sprint Cup Series, Phoenix

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With two laps to go, Matt Kenseth appeared due for the top spot in our power rankings. Amid a quiet but strong Chase, the 2003 champion had positioned himself to take an impressive victory at Phoenix International Raceway and surge into the Championship 4. Then, suddenly, the caution flag flew and everything changed. Minutes later, …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Desert/Dessert Edition

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NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series made its final trip West for the 2016 season with a lot on the line. Six drivers sparred for just two remaining spots in Arizona to run for the championship this coming week at Homestead. Four of them were left feeling like they were stuck in the desert, where this Phoenix event just happened to be …

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5 Points to Ponder: First Steps and Inside NASCAR’s Championship 4

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ONE: The Championship 4 After nine weeks of “playoff” competition we’re done to the final four drivers who will compete for the prize of being crowned the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup series champion — the final award handed out by Sprint after a decade plus of title sponsorship. And it’s a good quartet. You have the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Steals Victory From the Jaws of Defeat at Phoenix

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Who’s in the headline – In the final elimination race of the season, Joey Logano looked like he was about to slip out of contention for a transfer position. Fortunately for him, a caution flag flew, which bunched the field up and afforded him a final shot to reclaim a spot in the final four. …

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