Race Weekend Central

4 Burning Questions: Will Hendrick Motorsports Keep It Straight in Daytona 500?

2016 Daytona Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Dale Earnhardt Jr Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Will Hendrick Motorsports Keep It Straight in Daytona 500? The dubious tone from Dale Earnhardt Jr. during Sunday (Feb. 19)’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway spoke volumes about how the rest of Speedweeks may go for Hendrick Motorsports. Despite sweeping the front row for Sunday’s Daytona 500, single-car speed doesn’t seem to …

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NASCAR 101: Your Cheat Sheet to Cup Series’ Team & Driver Changes

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Good lord, is it really that time of year again? Despite an offseason that frankly felt like a four-week break, it is indeed true: NASCAR racing is back, and even though you just now figured out who Kaulig Racing is and finally learned how to spell half the new Camping World Truck Series drivers’ names, too bad, …

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A Team Penske Clash Versus Joe Gibbs Racing

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Though a new racing season has begun, the battles at the restrictor plate tracks continue to come down to the same competitors – Team Penske against Joe Gibbs Racing. The two teams combined to sweep all of the points-paying Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series plate races in 2016, with Gibbs’ Denny Hamlin also winning last season’s …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Bring On NASCAR 2017

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It’s true NASCAR has the shortest offseason of any major sport. But really, why does it seem like forever between the season finale at Homestead and the start of Daytona Speedweeks? It’s just 90 days, far shorter than the end of the Super Bowl and the start of NFL Training Camps midsummer. For me, the …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s the Top NASCAR Rookie For 2017?

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Carl Edwards pulled off a move that shocked the racing community, announcing he’ll step away from NASCAR competition full-time.  If Edwards has really hung ’em up for good, what is his legacy in the sport?  Is he a future Hall of Famer? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I think he goes down as one of the …

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It’s Official: Carl Edwards Leaves Full-Time NASCAR Racing

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Carl Edwards is walking away. In an emotional press conference at Joe Gibbs Racing Wednesday (Jan. 11), Edwards refused to mention the “R” word but made it official he’s leaving his full-time ride driving the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota. The move, effective immediately, puts Daniel Suarez in the seat full-time, competing for Monster Energy NASCAR …

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Daniel Suarez Moving to Cup in 2017, Replacing Carl Edwards

2016 Nxs Daniel Suarez Cockpit

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For the second year in a row, the reigning NASCAR XFINITY Series champion will be making the jump to full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing the following year. After Carl Edwards‘ surprise move away from full-time racing that was officially announced today via a press conference (after initially being reported yesterday by sources to …

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Carl Edwards Stepping Away from NASCAR in 2017

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Carl Edwards will not race in NASCAR in 2017. According to FoxSports.com, Edwards, previously the driver of Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will step away from the sport in 2017, devoting his time to non-driving interests. A press conference scheduled for Wednesday is expected to reveal Daniel Suarez …

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Daniel Suarez: NASCAR Role Model For Mexico, Latin America

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Monterrey, Mexico: home to over 1.1 million people and, now, one NASCAR champion. At Homestead-Miami Speedway, Daniel Suarez made history becoming the first Latin American driver to win a NASCAR championship in the top three touring divisions, coming out on top in the XFINITY Series in 2016. Suarez dominated at the season-ending XFINITY race at Homestead, …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: NASCAR Championship Edition

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The final race of the season ended with the kind of drama that NASCAR could only hope for when it devised the Chase system, and especially this current Chase system. There was no ceremonial ride around for 267 laps for the champion as there had been at times when the championship was all but won …

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Pace Laps: Larson’s Last Stand, Suarez’s Historical Run, The Future Of GMS

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Sprint Cup: Kyle Larson’s Race That Won’t Be Remembered – It was all happening behind Kyle Larson. The cameras, the eye balls, the tension – all of it centered around the Championship 4 drivers, who fought tooth and nail for the 2016 Sprint Cup Series championship. While the title drivers of Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, …

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

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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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