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NASCAR or IndyCar: Which series ruled Memorial Day weekend?

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Coca-Cola 600
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<p> Reaction from NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.</p>

Fourteen leaders. 68 lead changes. A three-wide battle coming off a restart that decides the race. Read those two lines and you’re probably thinking, “typical NASCAR race at Talladega.”

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NASCAR Numbers Game: 7 Amazing Stats for the Coca-Cola 600

David Smith crunches the numbers for the Memorial Day marathon in Charlotte
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<p> David Smith crunches the numbers and finds the key NASCAR stats for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.</p>

Jimmie Johnson stirred up the masses with his second straight Sprint All-Star Race win on Saturday. Johnson, historically dominant at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a track that was once referred to as “his house” when his car and the facility shared primary sponsor branding, now looms large as the driver to beat in this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600. At least that’s the narrative, as I understand it.

Johnson wins NASCAR All-Star Race; Danica, Earnhardt Jr. disappoint

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at the All-Star Race
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<p> Reaction from NASCAR's All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.</p>

Say what you want about Jimmie Johnson. Critics have a long list of rebuttals for why he’s not the greatest driver of this era: Chad Knaus, superior equipment and more money through sponsor Lowe’s than his closest rivals. But it’s hard to argue the stats on paper. Johnson’s fourth win in the All-Star Race, a NASCAR record, launched him past teammate Jeff Gordon and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.

NASCAR Mourns Loss of Dick Trickle, Prepares for All-Star Race

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch in the All-Star Race
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the All-Star Race.</p>

1. All-Star race, qualifying format changes in store
The most exciting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying event of the season happens Friday night at 6:00 pm EST.

That's a fact even without the new hair-raising rule change allowing drivers to speed both away from pit road (like always) as well as enter it without a speed limit (new).

NASCAR Numbers Game: 7 Amazing Stats for the Sprint All-Star Race

David Smith crunches the numbers for the million-dollar payday.
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<p> David Smith crunches the numbers and finds the key NASCAR stats for the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.</p>

The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race isn’t a typical all-star event.

Unlike the stick ‘N’ ball all-star “breaks” that feature lackadaisical effort and are more celebrated for the parties that supplement the fan activities rather than the actual contests, the Sprint Cup Series version of an all-star event pits recent race winners and champions in a race comprised of dash-style formats which has a $1 million carrot dangling on the end of a stick. It’s wild, unpredictable and in no way resembles a normal NASCAR race.