Race Weekend Central

NASCAR Driver Report Cards: Part III

2015 Dover I CUP Tony Stewart car CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

So you might remember a few weeks ago when I graded the Sprint Cup full-timers through Driver Report Cards… and promptly stopped at the letter K. No, I don’t have a weird idea of what the alphabet should be, nor am I protesting the use of the letters L through Z. The third part just …

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Did You Notice? Indy Takes a Bite Out of NASCAR

IndyCar 2015 Indy Montoya and team victory credit Chris Owens

(Photo: Chris Owens)

Did You Notice? Two races headed in two markedly different directions? While the Indianapolis 500 went through its third straight ratings increase, reaching Nielsen numbers it hasn’t touched since 2008, NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 hit a new low. The Sunday overnight of 3.6 was the worst since FOX started covering the event in 2001; it was …

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Happiness Is… Rules, Bewilderment & the Next Big Hotness

2015 Atlanta CUP Kyle Larson vertical credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Credit: Getty Images)

Hip hip hooray, the Sprint All-Star Race is here. Forgive Happiness Is for starting this week’s column in a rather negative way, but seriously, the All-Star Race. This race may once have been interesting but now looks like another example of NASCAR’s desire to milk the fans for everything they’re worth (hello, two-day format) while …

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Brett Moffitt to Drive No. 34 for Rest of 2015 Cup Series

2015 Martinsville I CUP Brett Moffitt vertical credit Amy Henderson

Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

Brett Moffitt’s game of musical chairs has come to an end in 2015. Front Row Motorsports and Moffitt have come to an agreement that will put Moffitt behind the wheel of the No. 34 for the remainder of the season. This puts an end to the instability in FRM’s driver roster, which has seen four substitute drivers in …

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Brett Moffitt Returns to the Cup Series No. 34 at Kansas

2015 Atlanta CUP Brett Moffitt vertical credit NASCAR via Getty Images

Credit: NASCAR via Getty Images

The Des Moines Register reported Wednesday morning that Brett Moffitt confirmed via text message that he will return to its No. 34 Ford in the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway next week. The move comes after Moffitt’s current Michael Waltrip Racing team signed David Ragan on Tuesday to race the No. 55 Toyota for the rest of the …

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Evaluating the Cup Subs: Who’s Made the Most of Their Opportunity?

2015 Bristol I CUP Kurt Busch car credit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

After just 22 laps of Sunday’s Food City 500, Erik Jones replaced Denny Hamlin in the No. 11. It wasn’t the debut of the Joe Gibbs Racing prodigy everyone has been expecting. No, most had been pointing to next month’s race at Kansas as the potential first time we get to see the wunderkind behind …

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4 Burning Questions at Bristol: Repetitive Rain and Shining Underdogs

2015 Martinsville I CUP Kyle Larson Jimmie Johnson vertical credit Amy Henderson

Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

Bristol Motor Speedway. The very utterance of the name elicits countless images of watershed moments of the sport’s history that have taken place at the track over the years. It is a historic track, and the Food City 500 is a historic race. The best of the Sprint Cup Series will do battle on Bristol’s …

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4 Burning Questions in Texas: Roush’s Hopeful Turnaround & a Rainy Day in Texas

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Texas Motor Speedway is the site of this week’s round of NASCAR Sprint Cup action as the series returns from its annual Easter break recess. Now refreshed and ready to roll, the drivers and teams enter this weekend’s race looking to either build on their early-season success (see: Harvick, Kevin), or avenge their early season failures …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Tracks You’ll Never See Again & What’s Up with Toyota?

David Ragan Martinsville 2015 Mike Neff

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

How fitting that following the first NASCAR off-weekend, the Sprint Cup Series descends on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. They say things are bigger in Texas, and the return of NASCAR as we kick off spring, couldn’t be any bigger. Speaking of big, the fine that Ryan Newman and crew chief Luke Lambert, were handed …

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Brett Moffitt to Continue in No. 55 at Texas

2015 Martinsville I CUP Brett Moffitt car credit Amy Henderson

(Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

Michael Waltrip Racing announced Wednesday that Brett Moffitt will again drive the No. 55 Toyota at next weekend’s event at Texas Motor Speedway. Moffitt was originally scheduled to be a one-race replacement for Brian Vickers in the No. 55 as Vickers recovered from off-season heart surgery. Moffitt scored an eighth-place finish at Atlanta, turning heads …

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4 Burning Questions at Martinsville: Dastardly Debris & Kurt Busch’s Chance to Cash In

2014 Dover II CUP Kurt Busch CIA

(CIA Stock Photo, Inc. © 2014)

Another year has passed, and another West Coast Swing is in the books. The 2015 edition NASCAR’s annual early-season excursion out West produced a litany of storylines that will serve as the bedrock for the rest of the 2015 season’s plot. Kevin Harvick has emerged as the clear favorite for the title, while teammate Kurt …

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Did You Notice? Inside The Debris, Toyota Troubles & Quick Hits

2015 Fontana CUP Kevin Harvick car credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Did You Notice? The amount of cautions for debris and fluid this season? Yes, of course you have; it’s the topic of the week. But the controversial calls at the end of the Fontana race are nothing new when we look at NASCAR in 2015. Debris, competition and fluid yellows have been thrown at an alarming …

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