Race Weekend Central

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Does Well in Parts; NBCSN Excels in Fontana

2015 Sonoma I Cup Martin Truex Jr Pack Racing Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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Last weekend was pretty crazy in the racing world. You had the Sprint Cup Series on a road course, always a good time. You also had the Verizon IndyCar Series at Auto Club Speedway in what turned out to be just about the wildest race in the history of open wheel racing. Crikey. Toyota/Save Mart …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

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Who’s in the headline – Racing can involve a myriad of strategies on a normal weekend. On a road course, the options become even more diverse. After three different fuel strategies had all played out, a late-race caution resulted in a majority of the field coming onto pit road with 10 laps to go. Kyle …

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Kyle Busch Claims Comeback Win in 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

2015 Sonoma Cup Kyle Busch Trophy Cia

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Kyle Busch turned a sunny day at Sonoma Raceway into his day of reckoning in the Sprint Cup Series as the 30-year-old – who is only four months removed from suffering a broken leg and foot at Daytona in February – took advantage of a brilliant strategy move late to hold off brother Kurt to …

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4 Burning Questions: Can a Non-traditional Winner Steal One in Sonoma?

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Right turns? The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series doesn’t usually do many of them, but this weekend’s round of stock car action will be an exception. The twisty, 11-turn Sonoma Raceway is the next track on deck for NASCAR’s top series, a track that is likely to inject some life into what has been a rather …

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Did You Notice? Optical Illusions For NASCAR, Appeals & Michael Waltrip

2015 Pocono I Cup Jimmie Johnson Helmet Vertical Cia

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Did You Notice? Any specific reasons why Jimmie Johnson’s team failed pre-qualifying inspection at Charlotte? No, I don’t have them either. That’s ultimately the reason why a NASCAR appeals panel Tuesday threw out the most hotly debated P1 penalty since the sport developed a new system. It’s also left many fans in a state of confusion, …

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Michael Waltrip Racing Announces Crew Chief Swap

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Michael Waltrip Racing announced a crew chief swap for its two-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program Tuesday. Each of these changes will be put in place effective immediately. Brian Pattie will move over to the No. 55 Toyota driven by David Ragan from his spot manning the No. 15. Billy Scott, who has led Ragan …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan Edition

2015 Pocono I Cup Danica Patrick Pack Racing Cia

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Burnouts (Hot) 97, 131, 131, 95. Those are the numbers of laps led in each of the last four Sprint Cup points races by Martin Truex Jr. But the only number Truex needed and now has is the No. 1, as in the number of wins he has so far this season. The win by …

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NASCAR Driver Report Cards: Part III

2015 Dover I Cup Tony Stewart Car Cia

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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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Kurt Busch Tops Saturday Morning Coca-Cola 600 Practice

2015 Bristol I Cup Kurt Busch Car Credit Amy Henderson

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In the first of two 50 minute practice sessions for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kurt Busch ended the session at the top of the scoreboard. His very first lap of session was 28.031 seconds (192.644 mph), over a tenth of a second faster than anyof the other 42 Sprint Cup drivers. Polesitter Matt Kenseth, the 2000 Coca-Cola …

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Paul Menard Wins Pole for 2015 Sprint Showdown at Charlotte

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Paul Menard is looking to make it into the Sprint All-Star Race with a victory in Friday night’s Sprint Showdown. Thus far, he has a slight advantage over the rest of the field. Menard has won the pole for the preliminary race with a time of 28.470 seconds. Making his eighth Showdown appearance, he is looking …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, David Ragan, Plus More!

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Frontstretch will scour Twitter every week looking for some of the best tweets from your favorite NASCAR personalities, drivers and media members. These were some of our favorite posts from the past week and we hope you enjoy them as well! Got to hit some balls in batting practice and stood in front of my …

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Number Crunching: 2015 SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas

2014 Loudon Ii Cup Kevin Harvick Cia

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We made it through the chaos last week and we are back to some normalcy this week. Over all our fantasy team made it out of Talladega relatively intact. We got burnt on the David Ragan pick but other than that, all is well that ends well. The race ended well for Dale Earnhardt Jr. …

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