Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Is Pack Racing a Better Show Than Tandem Drafting?

2018 Joey Logano Talladega Cup

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Ford has won every race at Talladega Superspeedway since fall 2015. Why do you think that is, and who is most likely to end their streak? Mark Kristl: I lack the engineering background, so my answer is this: Ford teams work extremely well together. They bring fast cars to the track, they draft together in practice, …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Ryan Sieg Enjoying ‘A-Plus’ Start To 2019

Nascar Xfinity Series

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One of the biggest surprises of the young NASCAR season has been the strength of Ryan Sieg and the No. 39 team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Two months in, the team grades its season as “A-plus.” Through the opening eight races, Sieg has recorded a pair of top-five finishes, including one last weekend at …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Martin Truex Jr. Breaks Through, Matt DiBenedetto Chats 2019

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss Martin Truex Jr. breaking through to win at a short track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — hist first, at Richmond Raceway. Other questions they debate: is how much longer did Joey Logano need to pass the No. 19 car to take …

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The Underdog House: Half Mile Concrete Jungle

2019 Phoenix I Cup Matt Dibenedetto Nkp

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Top of The Class Matt DiBenedetto and Leavine Family Racing have been quite the surprise thus far in 2019. In fact, this group had the kind of weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway that will have us revoking their underdog eligibility if it were to become a regular occurrence. Many fans were first introduced to DiBenedetto …

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The Underdog House: Shootout At The Underdog Corral

2019 Daytona I Cup Michael Mcdowell Nkp

Top of The Class Michael McDowell was easily the fastest dog in the west this week. His No. 34 Front Row Racing Ford was quick from the get go and backed it up on race day, starting and finishing in 15th. McDowell was once known primarily for the violent head-on collision and subsequent barrel roll …

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Wood Brothers Racing Hauler Involved in Accident Returning from Texas Motor Speedway

Martinsville Cup 2019 Mike Neff Paul Menard

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The Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 hauler carrying the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car of Paul Menard was involved in a crash on its way home from Texas Motor Speedway. The accident happened Monday morning (April 1) in Birmingham, Ala. Luckily, no one was seriously hurt while the hauler only suffered minor damage. “We …

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Pace Laps: Joe Gibbs Racing Takes Over Texas

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Denny Hamlin’s Quick Road To Healing It was Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of the 2018 championship finale and Denny Hamlin was clearly upset. The main storyline centered around whether he’d help title contender Kyle Busch with pit stall selection after winning the pole. But you could tell, from the second …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Kyle Busch Earns 2nd Part of Texas Sweep, But Not Without Intrigue

2019 Nxs Texas Kyle Busch Victory Lane Rick Lunkenheimer

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Sometimes the journey really is as important as the destination. Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway was a perfect example. If you just came in at the end and saw that Kyle Busch won the race, well, yeah, that was no surprise. That’s kind of what he does when he shows up …

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The Underdog House: Going Back To Cali

2019 Phoenix I Cup Chris Buescher Nkp

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Top of The Class Chris Buescher reclaimed his spot as the top underdog yet again this week. Buescher’s 16th-place finish highlighted a rather uneventful Cup race for the have nots on Sunday (March 17) at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. For JTG Daugherty Racing and Buescher, the race mirrored their performance in many of …

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NASCAR 101: The Revival of the Sportsman, Courtesy Ryan Sieg

2019 Las Vegas I Nxs Jeremy Clements Ryan Sieg Racing Nkp

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series: “Where names are made.” Right??? Over the last several years, Xfinity has been a place for young teens and 20-somethings to get experience on larger tracks and race against top competition. The same goes for NASCAR’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series and the ARCA Menards Series. Drivers with last names like Cindric, …

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Friday Faceoff: Did Daniel Suarez Overreact to Michael McDowell Last Week?

2019 Phoenix I Cup Chase Elliott Pack Racing Nkp

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Based on what Michael McDowell did during qualifying last week, was Daniel Suarez‘s reaction warranted? Mark Kristl: Was it warranted? Probably not. In the heat of the moment though, I understood Suarez’s reaction. He qualified 28th. He wanted to gain some starting positions. He was frustrated and McDowell served as a scapegoat. Joy Tomlinson: I don’t …

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The Underdog House: Kicking Up A Little Dust

2019 Las Vegas I Cup Ty Dillon Tires Nkp

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Top of The Class Ty Dillon finally unseats Chris Buescher as the top dog this week. Dillon bested the 2015 Xfinity champion by one spot, finishing 15th in the Ticket Guardian 500 at ISM Raceway. For Germain Racing and Dillon, the 2019 season has begun relatively well. Dillon has advanced to the second round of …

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