Race Weekend Central

NASCAR Mailbox: What Could be the Biggest Reason for Jimmie Johnson’s Struggles?

2019 Pocono Mencs Jimmie Johnson Face Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Jimmie Johnson has had his fair share of struggles in the 2019 season. Even though he opened the year with a win in The Clash, it has not been easy ever since. After having Chad Knaus as a longtime crew chief his entire career prior to 2019, he is now working with his second crew …

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5 Points to Ponder: Playoffs, Playoffs, Playoffs

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ONE: Jimmie Johnson’s Playoff Hopes Continue to Slip Away Last weekend was a nightmare for Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team. Johnson hasn’t won a race in more than two years. He squeaked into the playoffs last season, but this year doesn’t look as promising. Johnson encountered issues early on, smacking the turn 2 …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Take Us Out to the Ballgame?

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On the sports calendar, August means the start of college football season, an excessive amount of golf on TV, and the hunt for baseball’s playoff positions winding down. NASCAR’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series solidified its playoff field with the regular season finale this weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Austin Cindric is looking like a possible …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Michigan Brings Interesting Storylines but Constrictive Coverage

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With the current rules, Michigan International Speedway has become either a toss-up or a runaway. It’s literally either or. That said, fuel mileage has always been key on the two-mile D-shaped track, regardless of series. That’s what we got on Sunday. Sunday’s race was ultimately competitive at times. We had 19 lead changes, which isn’t …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Consumers Energy 400

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The Headline(s): Last week at Watkins Glen International, Chase Elliott repeated as the defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner at the road course. This week at Michigan International Speedway? Kevin Harvick, who won the 2018 edition of this race, scored his second 2019 win in four weeks in what turned into a fuel mileage …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Consumers Energy 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Once again, Kevin Harvick showed why he’s called The Closer, getting it done when it counted to win the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway for the second year in a row in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This time, Harvick had enough speed …

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Up to Speed: Long Runs or Restarts?

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NASCAR competition at Michigan International Speedway revolves around two elements: long runs and restarts. Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was no exception.  Long green-flag runs at the beginning and end of the race shuffled positions at a racetrack where passing has been notoriously difficult.  The middle offered a series of short runs broken …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Step In During Incidents of Retribution?

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Last week, there were several incidents of retribution among NASCAR’s top series, including Kyle Busch/Bubba Wallace, Jimmie Johnson/Ryan Blaney and Justin Allgaier/Ross Chastain. Is there a point where NASCAR should step in? Wesley Coburn: Kyle Busch and Bubba Wallace, probably not; Wallace was stupid, and he’ll be paid back sometime later in the season. Jimmie Johnson …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Ryan Blaney’s Playoff Outlook, Beer-Drinking in Ireland

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff differ on opinions of last week’s road course action at Watkins Glen International that saw Chase Elliott run a perfect race to hold off Martin Truex Jr. for the victory. Kyle Busch was the center of attention for a lot of the event after run-ins with …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Watkins Glen Brings Antics But Isn’t Dale Jr.’s Best Day

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Watkins Glen International always provides an interesting race for fans to watch. Sunday (August 4) saw a race that was light on lead changes but high on storylines and shenanigans. Also, before we start, yes, Racing Wives finally premiered Friday night on CMT. My hotel room in Vestal, N.Y. last weekend did not have the …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: It’s Clobberin’ Time

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The theme of this weekend’s NASCAR action was “payback.” It started with the Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Thursday night (August 1) in the Eldora Dirt Derby, as Tyler Dippel got into Ben Rhodes after the checkered flag in return for being shoved into the wall in the final laps. Then in the Xfinity Series …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 GoBowling at the Glen

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? If you were suffering from déjà vu during the final laps at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, you probably aren’t alone. One year ago, Chase Elliott battled Martin Truex Jr. to the checkers for his first career win and Sunday, they did it all over again in …

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