Race Weekend Central

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Sidesteps Stewart Bristol Salute

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This past weekend, the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series were all in action at Bristol Motor Speedway, but don’t be looking for the latter here. I will be covering the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by Zloop later this week in the Critic’s Annex, along with the ARCA race from …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

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All three NASCAR national series took to the track last weekend, just a mere state border – and then some – away from each other. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series battled at Michigan International Speedway while the Nationwide Series took its second trip to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Unfortunately, having everything in …

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Pace Laps: Jimmie Johnson Success, First Time Nationwide Winners and Powers’ Power

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Sprint Cup: A normal race at Michigan for Jimmie Johnson usually means that he runs out of fuel in the final laps after leading for most of the day and having the best car.  Johnson, however, did the other Jimmie Johnson thing at Michigan.  That usually means falling way back in the field and then seemingly arriving …

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Mirror Driving: System Failure, Strategy vs. Speed, and Future Stars

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Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR Talent: Then And Now

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Did You Notice? … How hard it is to gain a foothold in this sport? More than ever, talented drivers find themselves inside a shrinking window of opportunity. The number of available rides has shrunk, combined with the funding now necessary to pair them within a top-tier organization. Having cash on hand and helping bridge …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: Lilly Diabetes 250

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Ty Dillon celebrates after winning the Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Credit: Mike Neff)

Ty Dillon would return the legendary No. 3 back to Victory Lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after gaining the lead on a late restart with just 25 laps to go to score his first career Nationwide Series win in the Lilly Diabetes 250. Dillon, who led 24 laps on the afternoon, held off a …

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Nationwide Breakdown: EnjoyIllinois.com 300

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Chase Elliott had chances at winning the last few weeks go out the window when he ran out of fuel on more than one occasion. Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300, however, the No. 9 team played the pit road strategy perfectly to put themselves out front when it mattered the most. …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Here Comes Richard Childress Racing

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Should the three Richard Childress Racing drivers make a charge for the Nationwide Series championship in the fall, perhaps they’ll look back at the month of June as their catalyst. It was a month where their cars were in firm control of the series and all three races that were run. Michigan, Road America and …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Technical Issues Mar TNT Broadcast… Again

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Toyota has stood the Camping World Truck Series on its ear thus far in 2014, going 10 for 10 in race wins. Kyle Busch Motorsports has authored 9 of those 10 races.

All three NASCAR series hit Kentucky Speedway for a weekend under the lights. The Nationwide and Camping World Truck series broadcasts were marred by problematic winners and other issues ranging minor to major, while the big one — the Quaker State 400 for the Sprint Cup Series — had its usual issues typified by TNT’s …

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