Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice? … Distinguishing NASCAR Dreams From Reality

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Did You Notice? … The audience increased for this year’s version of the Chase? Homestead ratings, released Tuesday wrapped up the latest ten-race version of NASCAR’s playoff, a 3.1 Nielsen number flat year-to-year but still good enough to keep the audience rising. Yes, executives around the sport are trumpeting how much this postseason boosted interest. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Erases “Everyone” At ‘Dega For Chasers

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Race weekends at Talladega Superspeedway make my stomach churn. I’m nervous the whole weekend, just hoping that nothing terrible happens. The sad truth is, terrible things have been happening at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega with an increasing frequency in recent years. It’s truly sad, and since almost all of the bad things happen in …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: GEICO 500 – Brad Keselowski Lives to Fight Another Day

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Key Moment – The caution flag flew with four laps to go for a piece of metal on the race track. The No. 22 of Joey Logano had it on his grill under caution and rubbed it off when the yellow flag was in the air. The end result was a green-white-checkered finish that brought …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 GEICO 500 at Talladega

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? His run wasn’t perfect, and an ill-timed move late may …

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Travis Kvapil to Race for BK Racing at Dover; Truex Future Uncertain

BK Racing team owner Ron Devine has confirmed that Ryan Truex will not be entered in the No. 83 Toyota Camry this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Travis Kvapil, who piloted the car for the organization at Loudon, will be behind the wheel for the second straight weekend. “We’re just trying some things with the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race -day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Despite a seemingly endless string of problems for the …

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The Frontstretch Five: Reasons To Give Small Teams Another Look

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy has five reasons to pay …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

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All three NASCAR national series took to the track last weekend, just a mere state border – and then some – away from each other. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series battled at Michigan International Speedway while the Nationwide Series took its second trip to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Unfortunately, having everything in …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Can Kvapil Turn Back The Clock In Townley’s Ride?

After taking a weekend off, the Camping World Truck Series is back on track this weekend alongside the Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway. The track has produce 12 different winners in 14 previous events, leaving Travis Kvapil and Greg Biffle as the only competitors to have visited Victory Lane twice. Since the facility …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? After a tire issue, getting caught on pit road when …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Michigan-Sonoma Edition

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Can Jimmie Johnson help Tyler Clary achieve his goals of becoming a racecar driver?

Move over Talladega — Michigan International Speedway deserves some of the spotlight now. NASCAR’s fastest non-restrictor plate track took a step up with the assistance of Sprint Cup’s new rules package, and Who’s Hot and Who’s Not shows that other than the faster speeds, nothing really changed.  Long green flag runs were prevalent, and smart …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2014 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan

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 Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? It would be easy to give this week’s pat on …

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