Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Drops Malachi Crunch on the Talladega Demo Derby for Second Win of the Season

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Who’s in the headline – Brad Keselowski won his first Cup race at Talladega in 2009. While he isn’t mentioned in the same breaths with Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt or Tony Stewart when plate racing prowess is discussed, the bottom line is he won his fourth plate race at Talladega on Sunday. Even though the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Geico 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? OK, so Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  finished 40th, and that’s not usually praiseworthy, but he drove his car using just the steering column after the steering wheel came off in his hands. He had a moment of shock, then grabbed the column and held the car steady as he put the wheel …

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BK Racing Rises As Daytona’s Underdog Story

Four years ago, BK Racing came to Daytona as a two-car team that struggled to get out of its own way. It ran a total of nine laps in the Duels (combined), made the race through provisionals and then promptly struggled to hang onto the lead draft. A comedy of errors on pit road and …

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Michael McDowell, Brian Scott Lead Wednesday Cup Practices

Surprising names topped both the third and fourth Sprint Cup Series practices on Wednesday. Michael McDowell, who needs to race his way into the Daytona 500 by finishing as the highest open driver in Thursday’s Can-Am Duels, laid down a lap of 200.17 mph during a first practice that included a lot of drafting. The …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Daytona 500 Edition

As mid-February dawns, I’ve got a lot of things on my mind when it comes to NASCAR. Of course, one of them is the Daytona 500, but as far as the offseason goes, there were plenty of changes to talk about. Let’s not waste any time, delving into the first 2016 edition of Who’s Hot …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Underdogs at Talladega, and Who Retires Next?

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Hi all, Clayton here filling in for Greg this week and what a weekend it was at Kansas Speedway! It was nice to see an exciting finish on a mile-and-a-half track again. No matter what side you are on, there is no doubt that the incident between Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth certainly made the …

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Michael Waltrip Plans to Race 2016 Daytona 500

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While Michael Waltrip Racing may be shutting down at the end of 2015, fans can still expect to see Michael Waltrip in the Great American Race. As reported by ESPN, Waltrip plans to compete in the 2016 Daytona 500, with support from Maxwell House that was announced in April. The announced plans come despite MWR closing its doors following this …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Edition

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So now the Chase has been chopped down to 12 and the clock starts over for those drivers in terms of needing a win to move onto the next round. The fun begins Saturday night in Charlotte and no matter what happened in these first three Chase races, whoever is hot or not is defined …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ridiculous Racing Fights

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Notice that the title of this column is “ridiculous fights,” and not actual, intense or compelling fights. These are short-lived, one-sided, wimpy, “what just happened there?” fights that make the highlight reel because because they’re ridiculous. 1. Harvick vs. Johnson, Chicago 2015 We all saw this one go down on Sunday at Chicago, and it …

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Bowles-Eye View: Michael Waltrip’s Troubling NASCAR Transformation

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Popularity, fame and goodwill from the general public in this country can change in an instant. Today’s favorite athlete can be tomorrow’s public enemy number one; we revel in building people up only to claw like vicious cats while helping them roll down the mountain. In some cases, like cycling’s Lance Armstrong, the presence of new, …

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Did You Notice? Toyota Toying With NASCAR’s Future, Shortened Races & Kauffman Quips

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Did You Notice? Joe Gibbs Racing is making future plans for Erik Jones even though the organization has four Cup drivers signed through 2016? Owner Joe Gibbs hopped on SIRIUS XM Radio Tuesday morning and expressed his support for the young driver, indicating he’ll have a long-term connection with the program. Jones has already racked up three …

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NASCAR 101: Martin Truex Jr. Not the 1st to End a Lengthy Winless Streak

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Martin Truex Jr.’s win was well deserved. The Mayetta, N.J. driver had led the most laps in the three previous weeks, only to be shut out of victory lane. The 34-year-old driver was also in the midst of a 69-race winless-streak, stretching back to the 2013 Sonoma triumph with Michael Waltrip Racing that ironically set …

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