Race Weekend Central

Drivers Vent Frustration Following Daytona 500 Qualifying Fracas

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Is your head still hurting? If so, you’re like much of NASCAR nation who struggled to grab a hold of the group qualifying system for the 2015 Daytona 500. Though the attention had some positives – some found the debut of the new format exhilirating – others were much more pronounced in their discontent, and …

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Dale Jr. Foundation to Start Drive to Give Gloves Initiative

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Starting this month, fans will have a chance to win the gloves that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. uses during each of his races. The Dale, Jr. Foundation announced today it “Driven to Give Gloves” initiative. Each month, Earnhardt will dawn his notorious Alpinestars skeleton gloves with a specific color designated for a different charity. After the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? It’s been a long, tough, and often fruitless season for Roush Fenway Racing, but there were bright spots for the team on Sunday. All three RFR teams ran inside the top 10 at some point during the race, with Greg Biffle leading when Jamie McMurray’s engine went south, …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: With Kasey Kahne’s Future Secure, Others in Doubt

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As of Wednesday, a lot of NASCAR Nation was looking at the future of Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 5 team, nodding and winking at each other. Sure, Kasey Kahne was in the seat in 2014, and would be through 2015, but it was really just a matter of time. Time, and keeping the seat warm. With …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Homestead

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Four drivers entered the season finale at Homestead with one mission: finish ahead of the other three and win the 2014 Sprint Cup Series championship. There was a general consensus that whoever won the championship would also have to win the race, and that proved to be the case as all four drivers were strong …

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The Forgotten Stories From Championship Weekend at Homestead

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As NASCAR descended on Homestead-Miami Speedway last weekend, much of the focus was on the final four drivers heading into the race that would decide who went home as the 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion, and rightfully so. But what the two hours of pre-race coverage on ESPN, along with much of the race broadcast …

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Five Points to Ponder: Reflecting On NASCAR’s 2014 Journey

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ONE: Stewart-Haas Racing’s crazy path to a second title When Stewart-Haas Racing announced they would run four cars in 2014 with Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick behind the wheel, media and fans alike thought co-owners Stewart and Gene Haas were crazy. Three of the four are among the most outspoken drivers …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN’s Field Of Four, Not 43

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I’m going to make a statement up front before I even start the critique: I hate watching championship battles. Why? The race doesn’t even matter, only the points do. That’s why I prefer final events in which the championship is decided ahead of time; that way, the races can be covered fully instead of picking …

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Frontstretch Foto Funnies: From Your Secret Admirer…

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"I had to wrestle Matt Kenseth AND Jeff Gordon and we STILL didn’t make the final four?" (Photo: CIA Stock Photography)

Welcome to the Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Ever see a photo that’s just begging for a caption? We see them all the time! Each week, we’ll pick a few, then let our staff give it their best shot. We’ll post the best ones for you! Want to get in on the fun?  Leave your best ideas …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Ryan Newman Deserves His Spot in Homestead

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The championship race is finally upon us and NASCAR Nation is all a-Twitter about possibly having a winless champion, despite NASCAR’s emphasis on creating a system where it should have been all but impossible for that to happen. Though three of the four drivers have victories (Denny Hamlin has one, Joey Logano has five, and …

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