Race Weekend Central

Nuts for Nationwide: 2015 is Ripe for Change

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2014’s NASCAR Nationwide Series season has come and gone, and it’s time to say farewell to Nationwide Insurance – but there needs to be more goodbyes entering a new era for the sport’s second-tier division. After entering the season with high expectations, the series regulars had an abysmal nine victories, with two part-time drivers taking …

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The Frontstretch Five: Memories to Keep From 2014

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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 some 2014 memories that …

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Tracking the Trucks: Ford EcoBoost 200

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Author’s Note: To all of my readers that have stuck by throughout this season that the Truck Series has struggled through: thank you! Your criticisms and praise have challenged me to think outside the box in a year that can only be considered a tough one for the series that featured several short fields, and …

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Fantasy Insider: Dare To Take Risks Out In The Desert

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If you picked Jeff Gordon last week at Texas, with just a few laps to go you thought you had it made. He had a comfortable lead and it all looked good for him advancing into NASCAR’s version of the Final Four and for your fantasy team that day. Then, after his old buddy Clint …

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Ty Dillon to Run Phoenix Sprint Cup Series Race for Circle Sport Racing

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Circle Sport Racing announced on Tuesday, Nov. 4 that Ty Dillon will run the Quickens Loans Race for Heroes 500 this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. It will mark his second career Sprint Cup Series start, after making his debut earlier this year at Atlanta Motor Speedway. “Well first, the competition is that much stiffer,” …

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Going By the Numbers: Chase Elliott, Brian Scott Ramping Up Results as Season’s End Nears

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When it comes to the Nationwide Series title battle, many drivers are peaking or gaining momentum at just the right time. Don’t consider it true for everyone, but when checking out the average finishes of full-time competitors in the second-tier series over the 2014 season versus what they’ve accomplished more recently, the results are simple: …

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Nationwide Breakdown: Drive For The Cure 300

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The moon wasn’t full but you wouldn’t have been able to tell with the way the race played out at Charlotte Friday night. A number of storylines battled for top-billing including multi-car accidents, pit strategy and tire wear but in the end Sprint Cup regulars Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth found their way …

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Nationwide Breakdown: Kansas Lottery 300

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or not. While seeing Kyle Busch win a NASCAR Nationwide Series race isn’t necessarily unusual, Busch winning at Kansas is more of a rarity. Though Busch does have a Nationwide Series victory at the track from back in 2007, a variety of bad luck and …

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Yuengling Extends Partnership With RCR; Will Make Cup Debut In 2015

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On Wednesday, Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced that they have extended their partnership with D. G. Yuengling & Son, Inc, a Pennsylvania-based beer manufacturer.  As a result, the Yuengling Light Lager brand will continue to serve as a primary sponsor of Ty Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro in the soon-to-be Xfinity Series.  In addition, Yuengling …

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Nationwide Breakdown: VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky

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Underdogs have a way of hitting emotions. Brendan Gaughan was the underdog of underdogs on Saturday evening. After Ty Dillon dominated much of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway, multiple late-race cautions gave his Richard Childress Racing teammate the advantage. Gaughan, 39, running his first full year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series since 2010, visited to …

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