Race Weekend Central

Couch Potato Tuesday: How ESPN Can Be a Victim of… Itself?

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The fall race week at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the NASCAR equivalent of homecoming week. Heck, we even had a Powder Puff event (the Better Half Dash) on Thursday night. With that in mind, putting on a good show at home is crucial for NASCAR. By extension, it’s important for NASCAR’s TV partners to be …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Charlotte Chase race 5 – Wrestlemania 31

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Key Moment – On lap 328, Brian Vickers‘ No. 55 done blowed up. The cleanup from the oil laid down lasted until lap 332. Rodney Childers, crew chief for Kevin Harvick, decided to leave his driver on the track. Several other cars also stayed out, so the two-lap dash to the trophy was a battle among …

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Kevin Harvick Wins Charlotte Race, Post Race Tempers Flare

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Kevin Harvick was the strongest car at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday night. For the first time since Darlington in the Spring, Harvick was unencumbered by misfortune and came home with the win. The talk of the race didn’t focus on Harvick however. During the cool down lap, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin made contact. That …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Carl Edwards Gives Back

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Author’s Note: While the Truck Series sits idle for its final off weekend of the year, much of the series has been quiet this week, save for an announcement that Gray Gaulding’s Martinsville truck will be pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So instead of covering the Truck Series this week, I’m taking the opportunity …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Four Drivers Are Out, But Does It Matter?

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AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, and Aric Almirola … we hardly knew ya. Not that seeing these four drop from Chase contention after the first round was any surprise, of course. In fact, for those of us who filled out our Chase Grid, this round was probably the easiest selection (though I’ll admit I …

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Racing to the Point: Ward Family Still Searching for Answers

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While just about everybody else was throwing in their two cents about the Kevin Ward, Jr. tragedy and the ensuing grand jury case against Tony Stewart, I chose to hold back, sensing that adding my opinion to the fray wasn’t helping the Wards any in their healing process. Ward’s aunt Wendi Ward’s open letter in USA …

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Voices From The Cheap Seats: Talk Of A Stewart/Ward Settlement Is Ludicrous!

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I know this is a controversial subject, but after reading some press releases by some so-called prominent lawyers, I refuse to remain silent. “I think he will end up settling,” said Greg Bloom, an attorney at the Miami firm Chase Lawyers, which represents athletes and entertainers, said of Tony Stewart and the potential outcome of …

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Tony Stewart Speaks

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For the first time since the incident with Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Tony Stewart took questions from the media. He did not answer questions about the accident directly, the investigation by the Ontario County Police Department is the definitive document on the crash. Stewart still looks gaunt and tired but there were …

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Tony Stewart Takes Questions From Media For First Time Since Ward Incident

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On Monday morning, Tony Stewart spoke to the assembled media (writers, and cameras from multiple media outlets including FOX Sports and ESPN) for the first time since he was cleared of any wrongdoing in the wake of the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.  It was also the first time that Stewart …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Dover – Chase Race No. 3 – The field is trimmed to 12

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Key Moment – The pass for the lead by Jeff Gordon over Brad Keselowski with 95 laps to go was the difference in the race. Keselowski was in the top 3 all day long and looked to be the driver to beat once Kevin Harvick’s car had issues with an inner liner going flat. Gordon …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: The Grand Jury Got it Right, But Now It’s Time to Heal

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After weeks of speculation, the first questions have been answered in the Tony Stewart–Kevin Ward, Jr. tragedy. In case you somehow missed it, Stewart hit and killed Kevin Ward, Jr. during a sprint car race in New York State on Aug. 9 of this year. Ward, apparently angered at Stewart for spinning his car out, …

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