Race Weekend Central

Number Crunching: NASCAR Fantasy 2015 Closes Out At Homestead

Harvick, Kevin 2015 Ford Ecoboost 400 Practice

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This is it everyone, the last race of the season. The chase for the Sprint Cup has been whittled down to four contenders who each have an interesting story to tell in the 2015 season. Kevin Harvick is the reigning champion and is trying to make it two in a row. Kyle Busch, who missed …

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Joey Logano Fastest in 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Happy Hour

Logano, Joey 2015 Ford Ecoboost 400 Practice Homestead

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On Saturday afternoon, the Sprint Cup Series finally managed to get in a full practice session at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After rains shortened Xfinity Series qualifying to only two rounds, track crews worked hard to get the surface back into racing shape. By 1 p.m., the track was ready to go for 50 minutes of practice. …

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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead

2014 Homestead Cup Kevin Harvick Burnout Ii Cia

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Welcome to our eighth 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! Think you can out-prognosticate our staff?  Leave your …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

2015 Phoenix Ii Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Trophy Cia

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And then there were four. After waiting all afternoon and into the evening for weather to clear, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-shortened race at Phoenix. It was Junior’s third win of the season, keeping a potential Chase driver from winning his way into the championship race at Homestead. The final four drivers heading into …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Edition

Harvick, Kevin 2015 Quicken Loans 500 Phoenix

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It’s hard to decide which song to attach to what turned out to be a marathon day and night at Jeff Gordon (or Phoenix International, as its usually known) Raceway on Sunday. You’ve got “The Waiting” by Tom Petty, or maybe the old “Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt and of course, “A Hard Day’s Night” …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

Earnhardt, Dale Jr. 2015 Quicken Loans 500 Victory Lane Phoenix

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Who’s in the headline – Amazingly it is Dale Earnhardt Jr. this week, thanks to a fortunate pit stall location and an unimpressive bit of driving by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Joey Gase. The latter two drivers got together during a round of green flag stops and Earnhardt was pitted just before the start/finish line …

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Up to Speed: Mixed Emotions Following Rain-Shortened Phoenix Semi-Final

Nascar Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500

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Weather can certainly have its way in influencing motorsports and this was true at Phoenix International Raceway. That’s right, even a racetrack in the middle of the desert is not safe from the woes brought on by a steady downpour. Following a nearly seven-hour delay for rain, the penultimate race of the season finally went green under …

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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Quicken Loans Racing for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

2015 Phoenix I Cup Start Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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Welcome to our eighth 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! Think you can out-prognosticate our staff?  Leave your …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: The Name Does Matter

2015 Martinsville Speedway Nscs Joey Logano Brad Keselowski Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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During the brouhaha over the Matt Kenseth–Joey Logano dustup two weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway, Kyle Busch said something that was largely overlooked in the aftermath of the incident: That it’s not just about what happened, but whose names were over the doors on the cars involved. And it was easy to push the statement …

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NASCAR 101: Whose Championship Hopes Are Over Even Before Phoenix?

2015 Texas Cup Brad Keselowski Car

(Photo Credit: Beth Lunkenheimer, Frontstretch)

OK, so let’s go into these next two weeks – the final two of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season – assuming that drivers still eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup will win. Two reasons for that: One, there’s the fact that Homestead-Miami Speedway is the season finale, and whomever remains can win …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR Silly Season Shouldn’t Equal Stability

2015 Texas Ii Cup Erik Jones Cia

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Did You Notice? There was no penalty for a trio of Joe Gibbs Racing teams accused of trying to alter the splitters on their racecars? Our Jerry Jordan reported splitters had been adjusted to curve further inward, shaped with Bondo or resin in a way to push the car lower and closer to the racetrack. …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Eddie Gossage Surprises Jeff Gordon With Shetland Ponies

2015 Cup Texas Jeff Gordon Ponies Gift From Gossage Credit Beth Lunkenheimer

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Morning ride with @WhelenMTRS #GoPro pic.twitter.com/BolCn2XISy — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) November 10, 2015 Joey Logano took his driving skills off-road on Tuesday morning. We’ll admit we wish he would turn the keys over so we can have a go. Hey @abrevak who won the game yesterday. pic.twitter.com/qGzOOQn6Ad — Jamie McMurray (@jamiemcmurray) November 9, 2015 Jamie …

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