Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono Edition


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The best day in auto racing gave us two differently distinct types of races, but the final results brought about similar feelings. There was awe in how a rookie could save so much fuel, snookering several top-notch IndyCar teams and competitors down the stretch. The awe we felt with Martin Truex, Jr. reaching Victory Lane was connected to dominance; …

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Up To Speed: Martin Truex, Jr., Sherry Pollex and the Long Road to the Coca-Cola 600 Victory


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The story of Martin Truex, Jr. has been one of the most compelling in the NASCAR garage area over the past few seasons. This driver has had the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and still has managed to maintain the hearts of this sports’ most die hard fan base. Truex’s entire career is …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Martin Truex, Jr. Dominates to win the Coca-Cola 600


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The Key Moment – When that particular No. 78 car was completed, some mechanic grinned, slammed the hood and said, “Yeah, this one ought to run pretty good.” In a Nutshell – After a season fraught with frustration, Martin Truex, Jr. put on a clinic and finally sealed the deal with a dominant win. Truex led …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Coca-Cola 600


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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? While Martin Truex, Jr. was busy stealing the show, there were a few drivers who put on quietly impressive performances.  Kurt Busch was impressive all weekend long, leading the way in two of three practice sessions and running inside the top 10 all night long after starting 13th.  …

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Kurt Busch, Martin Truex, Jr. Pace Saturday Sprint Cup Practices

NASCAR Sprint Cup teams had two chances to get it right Saturday with a pair of practice sessions for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s longest race of the season. Kurt Busch paced the morning edition with a top speed of 191.002 mph.  Jimmie Johnson, whose seven Charlotte wins rank as most by a driver in track history, …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Scores Coca-Cola 600 Pole

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The sparks were flying during Sprint Cup qualifying Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but when the smoke cleared, Martin Truex, Jr. stood alone atop the scoring pylon. Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski will complete the top 5 to take the green flag for Sunday’s 57th running of the Coca-Cola …

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Dover Surprises with a ‘Monster’ Race Weekend


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Half-filled grandstands and mediocre racing have usually been the theme surrounding Dover International Speedway since the recession. Ticket prices for a day of XFINITY Series racing in the fall will be $47, on top of $65 for Sunday’s Sprint Cup matinee. Yeah, that’s what it has been like for several years, and things have not changed. The …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: A Monstrous Matt Kenseth Comeback

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Who’s in the headline – The 2016 season has been anything but stellar for Matt Kenseth. After a near miss at Daytona he’s only managed one top 5 finish before Sunday, and that as a fourth last weekend at Kansas. Sunday Kenseth was in the mix but didn’t look like he’d be in contention for …

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Double Take: Martin Truex, Jr.’s May Déjà Vu

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It’s déjà vu all over again. Martin Truex, Jr. is no stranger to adversity. He spent his formative years in the Sprint Cup in the now defunct Dale Earnhardt, Inc., winning only once while seeing teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr., assumed heir to the team, jump to Hendrick Motorsports instead. Then, Truex moved to Michael Waltrip Racing, …

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Kyle Busch Penalized, Crew Chief Suspended Following Kansas

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The race-winning team of Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) was penalized on Wednesday for infractions found during the Kansas Speedway race weekend. The No. 18 team, which scored its third win of the season at Kansas last Saturday night, was found to be in violation of the section in the NASCAR rule book pertaining to …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Gauging Tony Stewart’s Chase Chances

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Another week and another win for Joe Gibbs Racing. It’s more clear than ever that JGR has become the elite team in NASCAR in 2016. Every week we go to the racetrack and it seems as though a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota is the class of the field. At Kansas, it was Martin Truex Jr.’s …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX NASCAR Schedule Shifting

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As much as the action this season has improved in the Sprint Cup Series, places like Kansas (and specifically, this race) are key to how the aerodynamic package performs.  So far, it’s not so hot at night but pretty good during the daytime.  Broadcasts have to adjust to that reality and step up to the …

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