Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Desert Racing

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The South Point 400 was held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday night (Sept. 15), the opening race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. It was somewhat of a tame race, though the scheduling was a bit curious. The desert heat in the summer killed most of the Gander Outdoors Truck …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Kyle Larson Gears Up for Postseason

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a frantic weekend of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick dominated the Brickyard 400 en route to his third win of 2019. But the bigger story was the playoff battle, which saw Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman race their way into the postseason, while …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Brickyard 400

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Headline(s): A series of hard wrecks and hair-raising restarts made Sunday (Sept. 8) one of the wilder Brickyard 400s in recent memory. One of them involved Jimmie Johnson, whose spin in front of nearly the whole field ended his 15-year streak of NASCAR postseason appearances. Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman were then able to …

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Kyle Larson, Paul Menard Lead Brickyard 400 Practices

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In preparation for the Big Machine Vodka 400, Kyle Larson and Paul Menard led the two practice sessions for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practices at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, the main storyline occurred at the end of the second practice session. As time expired, Denny Hamlin pounded the wall and fire came out …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Stays Up Late at Darlington

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

I can only speak for myself, but this was one of the most tiring weekends in recent years that didn’t involve covering the Rolex 24 at Daytona. A Cup race that started nearly four hours late due to rain, combined with weekend edit responsibilities and a number of major sports car series we (read: I) …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Bojangles Southern 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Erik Jones didn’t see the lead for the first time until there were under 100 laps to go, something that bodes well in a race where track conditions change. But to take the win, Jones had to battle Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson for the top …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2019 Bojangles’ Southern 500

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After a week off, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to racing this Labor Day weekend for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Many cars will be decked out in special throwback paint schemes, honoring drivers and NASCAR’s history. It’s truly a special event. Part of what makes the weekend special is knowing …

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Up to Speed: Has the Tide Turned in the Championship Battle?

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and teams got a rare break this weekend.  The sport’s premier division enjoyed its first off-weekend since mid-June.  At that time, the Cup Series ran 15 races of the 2019 season. The nine races following the June break have produced some exciting finishes, fresh story lines and new faces …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Bristol Night Race

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Denny Hamlin filling Bristol with the scent of rubber (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Headline(s): Rebounding from early crash damage and a loose wheel that trapped the team a lap down in the second stage, Denny Hamlin used a long green-flag run to run down Matt DiBenedetto at Bristol Motor Speedway, ruining a Cinderella story by making the final pass for the lead on lap 489 and driving …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Consumers Energy 400

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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Kyle Larson Content With Third-Place Effort at Michigan

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Kyle Larson entered the 2019 Consumers Energy 400 with a 46-point lead above the playoff cut line. In the previous Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, he finished in 14th place. So the Consumers Energy 400 could have been a troubling race for the 27-year-old. Instead, the sixth-year driver came home …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Consumers Energy 400

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series makes its second stop of this season at Michigan International Speedway this weekend, which makes filling out your daily fantasy NASCAR roster just a little bit easier — but it’s still not easy. The Consumers Energy 400 is Sunday, Aug. 11, and TV coverage is provided by NBCSN. In …

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