Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

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Who…should you be talking about after the race? Some days it’s your day.  Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was Kevin Harvick’s day.  Harvick led 118 of 160 laps en route to his second Indianapolis win, his third victory of 2019 and the 48th of his career. In case you’re keeping track, only two active drivers, Jimmie …

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Pace Laps: Cup Playoff Grid is Set, Justin Allgaier Readies For Xfinity Title Hunt

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Calamity Strikes, Playoff Grid is Set Regardless of the attendance size, the 2019 Big Machine Vodka 400 was full of action. 48 of the 160 laps were run under caution, but when the checkered flag flew at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the playoff grid was set. Nine drivers failed to finish …

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Ryan Newman Stays Out of Trouble, Makes the Playoffs

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Coming into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ryan Newman was tied for the final playoff berth with Daniel Suarez. Both drivers were eight points behind Clint Bowyer and 18 points ahead of Jimmie Johnson. Newman qualified 22nd for the 2019 Big Machine Vodka 400, the lowest of those four …

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Kevin Harvick Wins 2nd Brickyard 400 as Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman Make Playoffs

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Kevin Harvick dominated the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to take home his second victory at the Brickyard. He won the Big Machine Vodka 400 by six seconds ahead of second-place Joey Logano. Harvick led from the pole before the first caution flag flew, with Stewart-Haas Racing teammate and …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

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Can you believe it’s finally here? At last, a weekend I’ve been anxiously waiting all season. No, I’m not talking about the start of American football. Instead, it’s the week before the playoffs in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Drivers and teams are headed from one iconic racetrack to another, jumping from Darlington Raceway’s …

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Pondering the Postseason Field: Who Secures the Final Spots?

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It’s taken a few years and 25 races to get here, but there’s playoff drama to be found heading into this weekend’s Cup Series regular season finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  After years where the playoff field was largely decided in the weeks prior to the finale, a quartet of drivers have proven unable to …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Cole Custer Opens Up on Darlington, Beer Bash & Buckshot

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, which saw Erik Jones win his first race of the season. Is Jones’ No. 20 team a sneaky pick for Homestead-Miami Speedway? The playoff bubble intensified with a clash of battles between bubble drivers Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson, as …

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Erik Jones Captures Southern 500 Victory

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It took until nearly 2 a.m. on Monday morning (Sept. 2), but Erik Jones fought off all comers to take home the win at Darlington Raceway in his 100th career start. “That Jones Boy” won the 2019 Bojangles’ Southern 500 in commanding fashion, fending off teammate Kyle Busch and winning his second career Monster Energy …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Bojangles’ Southern 500

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It’s crown jewel time. After a week off, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Darlington, S.C., for one of its most prestigious races of the year — the 2019 Bojangles’ Southern 500. The race will take place on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. NBCSN will air the event. A big race needs …

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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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The Underdog House: DiBenedetto Writing a Resume on Concrete

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Top of the Class Matt DiBenedetto is driving like his career depends on it. Well, it sort of does, but the world is getting a really good look at how competitive the fire in him is and how impressive he can be when he turns that pressure into motivation. More than three years after DiBenedetto …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Blame Game Hits Newman, Pocono & More

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ONE: Ryan Newman Simply Did His Job Perhaps the most hated driver coming out of Bristol Motor Speedway had one of the most uneventful moments of contact throughout the weekend. Ryan Newman fought tooth and nail to remain on the lead lap when Matt DiBenedetto caught up with him, and the pair got together, causing …

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