Race Weekend Central

The Underdog House: John Hunter Nemechek Just Plain Speedy in Kansas

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Top Dog John Hunter Nemechek was back on top of the underdogs on Sunday as the rookie driver finished 17th in the Hollywood Casino 400. Nemechek earned his only career Xfinity Series win at Kansas Speedway, so perhaps we should have seen this coming. Not only that, but his first Gander RV & Outdoors Truck …

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The Underdog House: Bubba Wallace Leads on the Long, Lonely Road Home

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Top Dog Road courses at the top level of NASCAR are something of an equalizer. A good driver can elevate the performance of an entire team even without the benefit of top notch equipment or research data. So it’s a logical assumption that at least one or two underdogs will likely run competitively and finish …

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Tracking the Trucks: Austin Hill Secures His Spot in Round of 8 With Las Vegas Win

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In a Nutshell: Austin Hill scored his second Gander RV & Outdoors victory this season in Friday night’s World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After struggling through much of the first two stages, Hill snagged the top spot via a strong restart with 39 laps remaining and held off a hard-charging Sheldon …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Returning to Richmond Raceway for the Final Regular Season Race

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For the second week in a row, the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series makes its return to a track it hasn’t visited in several years. In fact, Thursday night (Sept. 10) will mark the first time the Truck Series has run at Richmond Raceway since 2005. One of only four tracks remaining from the …

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4 Burning Questions: NASCAR Is Doing What In California?

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They’re doing what to Fontana? This week, after The Athletic broke the news, NASCAR confirmed that they are pursuing plans to effectively turn the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California into a half-mile short track. The course looks to be a hybrid of all three of the current NASCAR Cup Series short tracks in …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Rides Again In Darlington

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Top Dog Michael McDowell spent numerous weeks being highlighted in this category earlier in the season, as he and his Front Row Motorsports teammate John Hunter Nemechek divided most of the top finishes between themselves. Lately, things have taken a less favorable turn. Coming into Sunday’s event at Darlington Raceway, McDowell had finished outside the …

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Tracking the Trucks: Ben Rhodes Bests Derek Kraus in Darlington Overtime Finish

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In a Nutshell: Ben Rhodes snapped a 48-race winless streak in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series when he beat Derek Kraus on an overtime finish at Darlington Raceway Sunday afternoon (Sept. 6). A late caution set up a two-lap dash to the finish, and despite Kraus taking the initial edge, a slide …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Could Daniel Hemric’s Dismal Season Ruin His NASCAR Future?

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NASCAR’s annual Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway brings out all the old and unique paint schemes and this year was no different. For the first time in playoff history, though, the Cup Series playoff opener was held at The Track Too Tough to Tame. All three national touring races had their moments this weekend, headlined …

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Ben Rhodes Breaks NASCAR Truck Series Drought, Wins Darlington

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Sunday’s (Sept. 6) NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series event at Darlington Raceway was decided on pit strategy. The closing laps saw a handful of trucks take a chance, staying on track during a late caution on old tires. It’s typically not the best decision when it comes to an abrasive oval known as …

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The Underdog House: Double the Dover Ups and Dover Downs

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Top Dog Two races in two days at Dover is one of those things I never thought I’d see. Dover races used to be 500-mile-long, grueling affairs that would leave half the field on the verge of passing out from exhaustion. But the largely abbreviated 311-mile versions that we saw this weekend were, to say …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Biggest Surprises of the 2020 Truck Series Season

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The 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season started off just as many others in the past. The season-opener at Daytona International Speedway was the typical wreckfest with a thrilling finish that saw Grant Enfinger edge Jordan Anderson by just inches. The series went to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and then headed off …

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The Underdog House: Carry On, My Wayward Ty Dillon

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Top Dog Underdog teams face a lot of adversity and need to be resilient to overcome their long odds. Ty Dillon did just that, rebounding from his third DNF of 2020 last weekend at Texas to claim the top underdog spot in Thursday night’s race at the Kansas Speedway. Dillon was steady throughout the evening …

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