Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chase Elliott Fires Up the Siren a 2nd Time

2018 Cup Zach Catanzareti Dover Chase Elliott

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Who’s in the headline Chase Elliott lost a heartbreaking race at Dover in the fall of 2017 and blamed himself solely for the loss. Sunday was a complete team effort that vaulted Elliott to Victory Lane and a berth in the Round of 8. Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola both appeared headed to victory early …

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Chase Elliott Comes From Behind to Win in Wild Gander Outdoors 400 Finish

2018 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Chase Elliott

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One year after learning how to lose at the Monster Mile, Chase Elliott found a way to win. Sunday’s (Oct. 7) Gander Outdoors 400 gave him that second chance. Elliott stayed out during a late-race caution for Clint Bowyer’s wreck and then hung on through two tense final restarts to win at Dover International Speedway. …

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The Frontstretch 5: Memorable Playoff Moments

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1. Going old-school Definitely the old-school nature of Matt Kenseth punting Joey Logano at Martinsville in 2015. Logano had spun Kenseth from a certain victory earlier in the playoffs at Kansas after winning the previous week at Charlotte. Of course, that was seen as rubbing salt in the wound at the time, since there wasn’t …

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5 Points to Ponder: A NASCAR Unknown (For Once)

2018 Las Vegas I Cup Denny Hamlin Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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ONE: The Roval Awaits Despite all the week to week drama inherent in NASCAR, the truth is not much really — and I mean, really — changes. But this weekend, we truly have a difference maker: a brand-new track, a first-time road course in the post season and as the final race of the first …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams See Toughest NASCAR Race of 2018 at Richmond

2018 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Michael Mcdowell

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Think Small This weekend at Richmond Raceway stood in stark contrast to the previous weekend in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, where 12 cautions flew at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This time, the 0.750-mile track in Saturday night’s (Sep. 23) Federated Auto Parts 400 came out quiet with only one non-stage caution flying on …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Sweeps Up at Richmond

2018 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

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Who’s in the headline Kyle Busch has the most wins of any active driver at Richmond Raceway, but prior to this spring, it had been five years since he won a race there. He had also never won a fall race at the Virginia short-track. Not only did Busch win the spring race earlier this …

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Joey Logano Upbeat Despite Quiet Night in Richmond

2018 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano

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Considering Joey Logano‘s recent success at Richmond Raceway, Saturday night’s (Sep. 22) Federated Auto Parts 400 could be classified as a disappointment. Any time you finish 14th in a Team Penske machine, it’ll likely be a downer of a day no matter the track, however, the 0.750-miler has been a happy place for Logano in …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Sets Benchmarks with 3rd Straight Win & Penske 500th

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Autotrader Celebrates His Win Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Who’s in the headline Momentum is a beautiful thing when you’re running for a championship, and Brad Keselowski is riding a huge wave of it after winning his third consecutive race and locking himself into the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Keselowski won the second stage and the race in a …

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NASCAR 101: Who’s Most Likely to Progress Out of the Cup Playoffs’ First Round?

2018 Cup New Hampshire Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

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This year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, which begin this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, marks the fifth time in which the series has employed an elimination-based format to help decide its champion at the end of the season. Starting in 2014, the series cooked up different rounds throughout the playoffs that eliminated …

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2-Headed Monster: Are Too Many Drivers In The Playoffs?

2018 Cup Dover Zach Catanzareti Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus

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Through the many incarnations of the NASCAR postseason, the playoff field has gradually grown from 10 drivers to 16. Is 16 too many, or is it fine the way it is? Champions Should Be Good, Not Good Enough For most of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams, the initial goal each year is to …

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5 Points To Ponder: In The 2018 NASCAR Playoffs

2018 Cup Pocono Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

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ONE: Should We Fast-Track The Big Three Straight To Homestead? Never in the five-year history of NASCAR’s 16-driver playoff format have we seen three wheelmen so far ahead of the pack. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. start the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff as overwhelming favorites. They won 17 of …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Big Machine Vodka 400

2018 Cup Pocono Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wraps up its regular season this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s the last chance for several bubble teams to clinch spots in the postseason and keep their championship hopes alive. The green flag flies on Sunday (Sept. 9) at 2 p.m. ET and can be seen on NBCSN. …

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