Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: Rolling the Las Vegas Dice

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A Crucial Race There is an argument to be made that this Sunday’s 400-miler at Las Vegas Motor Speedway might just be one of the most important races in NASCAR’s recent history. With the 2019 package due to made its “full debut,” the drivers, teams and fans will all be itching to see just what …

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Kurt Busch Shows His Muscle, Gets 1st Top 5 With Ganassi

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When Kurt Busch announced he was leaving Stewart-Haas Racing for Chip Ganassi Racing, it was seen by many as a step back. There was no denying Busch’s talent, but SHR was the most dominant team of 2018, winning 12 of the 36 races. CGR, meanwhile, went winless last year. But Busch proved in Sunday’s (Feb. …

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Forget The Flu: Brad Keselowski Fights To Folds Of Honor 500 Victory

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Friday night (Feb. 22), Brad Keselowski got sick, bedridden with the flu. Two days later, it was the rest of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field down for the count. The 2019 Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway became an honorable drive for a champion who couldn’t even practice the day before. …

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Friday Faceoff: Should the Daytona 500 Remain the Season-Opening Race?

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The Advance Auto Parts Clash has taken some criticism over how difficult it was for drivers to pull out of line and make a pass. How do you see this playing out over the remaining Speedweeks events? Isolated issue or recurring problem? Clayton Caldwell: It’s an issue we’ll see throughout Speedweeks. This package has been …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Which Rule Change this Season will Have the Biggest Impact on the State of NASCAR?

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As NASCAR waves the green flag for the start of the 2019 season this weekend, there are so many aspects that are different about the sport. So many of them have to do with rules, the aero package and some big-name drivers in new rides. Which of these factors though will affect the state of …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Questions As NASCAR Enters 2019

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1. What will the new aerodynamic package look like in real time? That’s the big question that everyone is asking, but don’t expect the answer to be immediate or definitive. The low horsepower, high downforce package will debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a week and a half, but don’t expect what you see there …

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Weather-Shortened Advance Auto Parts Clash After Wild Wreck

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Jimmie Johnson knew the rain was coming. He dove down alongside Paul Menard in an attempt to pass him and grab the lead in Sunday’s (Feb. 10) Advance Auto Parts Clash. Unfortunately, the two drivers made contact, triggering a wreck that collected over half the field. As NASCAR sent out its safety personnel and crews …

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Entry List: Daytona 500

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The entry list for the 61st Daytona 500 has been released, and there’s a lot of changes for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. 42 cars are on the final version of the entry list. A maximum of 40 cars will take the green flag on race day. Old faces in new places …

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Entry List: Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona

The Advance Auto Parts Clash kicks off the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season on Feb. 10 for a 75-lap shootout at Daytona International Speedway. 20 cars are eligible for the event due to either winning a pole last season, previously winning a Daytona 500 pole, previously winning the Clash or making the playoffs …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Talking Offseason News, Plethora of Changes

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In a special offseason episode of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti discuss all the news that’s transpired since Homestead. We start with the elephant in the room, that being Kurt Busch making the move to Chip Ganassi Racing, replacing Jamie McMurray who will take on an analyst role at Fox Sports. What do we think Busch can do …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: Ford Shocks the NASCAR World

#14: Clint Bowyer, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Cummins/rush Truck Centers #41: Kurt Busch, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Monster Energy / Haas Automation #4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's #10: Aric Almirola, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Smithfield Bacon For Life

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The dominance of the Blue Oval is back in NASCAR. For the first time since 2002, Ford took home the manufacturer’s title, finally grabbing it back from Toyota and Chevrolet. In a year that saw struggles unlike any other season for the Bow Tie group, the Ford squad made sure to take advantage. With Roush …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Kurt Busch

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In 2017, Kurt Busch wasn’t confirmed to be returning to Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2018 season until Dec. 12, though he and sponsor Monster Energy both ultimately returned to the No. 41 Ford Fusion for his 18th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The 2018 season started out poorly for Busch, as he couldn’t defend …

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