Race Weekend Central

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Allmendinger All the Way

AJ Allmendinger

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As teams were gearing up for the Chase in August 2013, AJ Allmendinger was looking for a future in NASCAR — any future. He’d been running part time in the Sprint Cup Series for midpack JTG-Daugherty Racing; a couple of Nationwide Series starts with Team Penske, the team that had released him from a full-time …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Charlotte

2014 Charlotte Ii Cup Kevin Harvick Burnout Credit Yvonne Leonard

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Kevin Harvick exorcised his demons Saturday night, winning his third race of the season, but more importantly locking himself into the eight-driver Eliminator Round. Harvick won the pole and led the most laps, as usual.  This time, however, he was able to survive a late-race caution which set up a two-lap shootout to win the …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Kansas

2014 Kansas Ii Cup Joey Logano Confetti Cia

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Team Penske continued their dominating performance during the Chase as Joey Logano captured his fifth win of the season, second in the Chase and locked himself into the eight driver Eliminator Round. The Penske duo of Logano and Brad Keselowski have combined to win three of the first four Chase races. Many thought Talladega would …

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Frontstretch Foto Funnies: You Had WHAT for Breakfast?

2014 Dover Ii Cup Ryan Newman Face Cia

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Ever see a photo that’s just begging for a caption? We see them all the time! Each week, we’ll pick a few, then let our staff give it their best shot. We’ll post the best ones for you! Want to get in on the fun?  Leave your best ideas …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: Dover – Kansas Edition

2014 Richmond Ii Cup Kevin Harvick Cia

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Dover International Speedway did its job: separate the contenders from the pretenders. After 400 circuits at the Monster Mile, only 12 drivers remain in contention for the ultimate prize, the NASCAR Sprint Cup trophy. Which drivers have what it takes to survive the Contender Round and which are lucky to have made it this far? …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Dover – Chase Race No. 3 – The field is trimmed to 12

2014 Dover Ii Cup Jeff Gordon Family Trophy Cia

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Key Moment – The pass for the lead by Jeff Gordon over Brad Keselowski with 95 laps to go was the difference in the race. Keselowski was in the top 3 all day long and looked to be the driver to beat once Kevin Harvick’s car had issues with an inner liner going flat. Gordon …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 AAA 400 at Dover

2014 Dover Ii Cup Jeff Gordon Burnout

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Beth Lunkenheimer has you covered with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? To say the 2014 season has been a struggle for Martin Truex …

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NASCAR’s Biggest Nightmare: Predictable

2014 Dover Ii Cup Pack Racing Cia

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It was supposed to be a history-making moment. NASCAR’s first ever “Chase elimination” race, the lynchpin of its new format was supposed to make Dover a “Game 7” atmosphere, knocking potential title contenders out of the prizefight early. After Loudon, where top drivers got knocked around like pinballs, the bar was set for aggression, strategy, …

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Quotes to Remember: AAA 400

2014 Dover Ii Cup Jeff Gordon Wins Cia

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“I don’t know what happened to Kevin Harvick. It was unfortunate for him. He was the class of the field. We were tuning on it to try to keep even with him. When I saw him go out, I knew we could compete with the No.2 (Brad Keselowski) car. The No. 2 was really good …

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Happiness Is… Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Jobs & Dover

2014 Chicago Cup Matt Kenseth Kyle Busch Cia

Hip hip hooray, NASCAR announced its rules changes for the 2015 season.  Or something. The whole big hope is to mitigate the awful aero push that has transformed a number of tracks into circular parades.  The aerodynamic dependence of the cars, left unsettled by trailing in another’s wake, has become the bane of the circuit’s …

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Fantasy Insider: Defining Dover Dominance For Your Roster

2014 Dover I Cup Jimmie Johnson Trophy Cia

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The good news for NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors is that defending and six-time champion Jimmie Johnson hasn’t done much lately. The bad news for those same competitors is that Johnson still sits fourth in points and the even more bad news for them is that the race this week is at Dover. It’s a track …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After New Hampshire

2014 Loudon Ii Cup Joey Logano Burnout Cia

Penske Racing has asserted itself as the team to beat for the Championship. Joey Logano recorded his fourth victory of the season, first in the Chase and third consecutive win for Penske Racing overall. Both Brad Keselowski and Logano have automatically advanced to the top-12 Contender round. Survival was the name of the game Sunday …

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