Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s “Status Quo”

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Did You Notice? … Three of the top 5 drivers in laps led this season are from Hendrick Motorsports? So far this season, as NASCAR evaluates its new rules package, it’s been a case of “status quo” near the top of the leaderboard. A quick look at the top 5 in laps led… Kevin Harvick …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Phoenix Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) So just how hot are Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team right now? To quote an old song from a performer named RedCloud, “It’s hot, real hot. How hot? 102, the devil wouldn’t want to stand next you.” And right now in the NASCAR Sprint Cup world, everyone is standing in line …

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The Frontstretch Five: Reasons for Optimism in 2015

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy says there are some good reasons to be optimistic about …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Atlanta

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Throughout the 2014 season, the question on everyone’s mind was, when will Jimmie Johnson win his first race of the year? Although Johnson went on to win four races in 2014, he was never a threat for the championship, opening the door for questions about the team and combination with crew chief Chad Knaus. The …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Las Vegas Edition

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Now that we are two races into the NASCAR season, we can’t say something is a trend, but what we can say is that it after two races the drivers who are off to good starts aren’t going to give them back. And the drivers who are off to slow starts don’t like where they …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Daytona

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After a Speedweeks that can be described as nothing else but crazy, Sunday saw a somewhat tame Daytona 500…if you can call multiple laps of three-wide racing for the lead at 200 mph tame. The race ended under yellow for a multi-car accident after the field took the white flag. Joey Logano, who led 31 …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Atlanta Edition

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Burnouts (hot) Of course you’ve got Joey Logano, a first-time winner of the Daytona 500. The good thing about this win for the 24-year-old is that he had one of the top three or four strongest cars all day and this was not a fluke victory. This win continues the momentum for the Penske Racing …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Daytona 500

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week 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? A crash and an engine failure in their Budweiser Duels …

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Joey Logano Wins 2015 Daytona 500

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Joey Logano won the Daytona 500 on Sunday after a suspenseful final 15 laps that saw the frontrunners racing three-wide for the lead and a green-white-checkered finish. The win was his first at Daytona and his ninth career win. “I can’t believe it. This is absolutely amazing. Daytona 500!” he told FOX Sports’ Matt Yocum …

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Four Burning Questions at the Daytona 500: Junior’s Drive for Two & a Watershed Moment

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The Sprint Unlimited? Check. Daytona 500 Qualifying? Finished. The Budweiser Duels? In the books. That leaves only one Cup race remaining in Speedweeks… the sport’s Super Bowl, Sunday’s Daytona 500. I shouldn’t have to tell you why this race is so important; the event speaks for itself. It is the most prestigious event in modern-day American …

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NASCAR 101: Every Past Daytona 500 Champion, Ranked By Their Chances of Winning in 2015

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The Daytona 500 is the most prestigious race of the entire NASCAR season, and chances are you’ve already heard talk about the drivers who’ve won before. And why not? NASCAR puts emphasis on driver championships first and foremost, but Daytona comes next, and the drivers who’ve visited victory lane there are a veritable who’s who …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Takes First Budweiser Duel; Gordon 2nd

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is back on top at Daytona. After starting from the rear, Earnhardt pulled himself all the way up front and led a Hendrick Motorsports one-two finish in the first Budweiser Duel. Penske Racing’s Joey Logano tried to spoil the party, getting up to second entering the final lap but couldn’t make the …

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