Race Weekend Central

NASCAR Underdogs Had Their Chances

2014 Pocono I Cup Marcos Ambrose Pointing Cia

Amrbose out of contention? Only need only to point to Martinsville and Bristol where a win could happen - or at the very least, net enough points to squeak into the Top 16.

“Wild card.” Fans heard that term, leading up to Sonoma, more than “wine country,” “road course,” or “Boris Said.” It’s a modern reality of the Chase format, designed to give “underdogs their day” at the select few races left where they can actually go out and compete for the win. No longer will a David …

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Four Burning Questions in Sonoma: Unpredictability and an Aussie on the Hot Seat

2014 Michigan I Cup Marcos Ambrose Cia

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is doing something rare today. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, they will be turning right! 15 years ago, that would have drawn groans of disgust from stock car racing fans, used to the frenetic competition on ovals. Oh, how things have changed. Due to an increased focus on Sonoma and Watkins …

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Happiness Is… Jimmie Johnson, Road Courses & More Road Courses

Road America

The dive into Turn One at Road America has become one of the more iconic images in NASCAR, and a saving grace for the Nationwide Series -- and for good reason. Why aren't Cup cars running here as well?

Angriness Is, brother to Happiness Is, sent a text after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Michigan race last weekend that summed up everything in a more succinct fashion than us purported wordsmiths could: “What did fathers do to deserve that f*^#ing race?” Yup.  As entertainment, races are supposed to be some form of escape and …

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Fantasy Insider: Road to Rebound Runs Through Sonoma

2014 Dover I Cup Martin Truex Jr Car Cia

Can Martin Truex, Jr. win a second straight race at Sonoma - this time with Furniture Row Racing? (Credit: CIA)

It’s a totally different ballgame this week when the NASCAR Sprint Cup series visits Sonoma for the first of two road-course races on the roster. Yes, we’ve got right turns, and left turns, and more right turns and just knowing who to pick this week could very well turn your season around if you have …

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Frontstretch Foto Funnies: That’s Just Wrong…

2014 Pocono I Cup Jimmie Johnson Dale Earnhardt Jr Congrats Cia

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Ever see a photo that’s just begging for a caption? We see them all the time! Each week, we’ll pick a few, then let our staff give it their best shot. We’ll post the best ones for you! Want to get in on the fun? Each week, we’ll also …

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Voices from the Cheap Seats: BSNews! Chad Knaus Fumes After Pocono Defeat

2014 Darlington Cup Chad Knaus Jimmie Johnson Cia

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Chad Knaus, longtime — hell, only — crew chief for six-time champion Jimmie Johnson, lashed out Sunday after the No. 48 was defeated in its bid to become the first car to win three races in a row, or a hat trick, since NASCAR CEO Brian France started his campaign to liken stock car racing …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

Kyle Larson continued to show that he’s not only a threat for Rookie of the Year honors, but also for winning. Larson got the top starting spot by virtue of his practice speed after qualifying was rained out, part of showing speed and prowess all weekend long. Unfortunately for Larson, he got tagged by Bowyer on the first lap of the race which dropped him to the rear of the field. Larson was able to recover somewhat to finish 16th, still good for Rookie of the Race honors, but clearly lacked the confidence and speed to get back to the front after that moment.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2012 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

Sonoma was vindication for Clint Bowyer’s move from Richard Childress Racing to Michael Waltrip Racing.