Race Weekend Central

The 10: It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane!

2016 Fontana CUP Jimmie Johnson racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…. Six-Time! Jimmie Johnson added another chapter to his legendary career on Sunday, passing Dale Earnhardt on the all-time wins list with his 77th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Auto Club Speedway. With the triumph, Johnson has officially scored multiple victories in each of his 15 Cup seasons. …

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Menards Joins Simon Pagenaud for Indianapolis, Road America

Simon Pagenaud IndyCar Menard's Team Penske

(Photo: Team Penske)

Fans heading to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Month of May might want to bring some shades, because Simon Pagenaud’s livery is going to be bright. Pagenaud’s No. 22 Chevrolet will be sponsored by Menards for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Indianapolis 500, Team Penske announced in a March 22 release. The scheme will …

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I’m Tired of Tire Complaints.

2016 Fontana CUP Kyle Busch Chase Elliott racing Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist NKP)

I honestly feel bad for Goodyear at this point. Sunday’s Auto Club 400 was a brilliant race. With noticeable tire wear, multiple lanes to run in and an old, bumpy racing surface to test drivers, Auto Club Speedway thrilled for the entirety of its 200-lap main event. Yet, somehow, NASCAR’s sole tire provider found themselves …

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Austin Dillon Stretches Fuel For TreatMyClot.com 300 Victory

Austin Dillon Win Auto Club Speedway NASCAR Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Coming to the white flag of Saturday’s TreatMyClot.com 300 by Janssen at Auto Club Speedway, a familiar narrative appeared to be unfolding. Kyle Busch had just led his 133rd lap of the 150-lap event, and appeared to be cruising to his fourth win in as many attempts in 2016. Then, bedlam. Four turns later, seemingly …

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Alex Tagliani Honors A.J. Foyt with Livery for Month of May

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(Photo: A.J. Foyt Racing)

With Alex Tagliani returning to the Verizon IndyCar Series for the Indy Double, A.J. Foyt Racing plans to honor their owner for his 35 Indianapolis 500 starts. With sponsor backing from Alfe Heat Treating, Tagliani will join Foyt’s current arsenal of Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth to complete a three-car stable for the month of …

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The 10: The Great Tie of Arizona

2016 Phoenix I CUP Denny Hamlin pack racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Well, this is a first. Sunday’s Good Sam 500(k) marked the second photo finish in four races to start 2016, with Kevin Harvick just edging out Carl Edwards to stay atop the throne as the king of Phoenix International Raceway. Not one to be outdone, our list of Power Rankings voters somehow managed an even …

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Photo Finish in Phoenix Conserves NASCAR’s Early Season Momentum

2016 Phoenix I NSCS Kevin Harvick Carl Edwards Finish NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

For the second time in four races, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series set a record for the closest finish at a track. This time, Kevin Harvick outlasted Carl Edwards at Phoenix International Raceway by the same .010-second gap that separated Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex, Jr. in the season-opening Daytona 500. If you listened closely, …

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Juan Pablo Montoya Saves Steering for St. Petersburg IndyCar Win

Montoya St. Pete 2016 John Cote IndyCar

(Photo: John Cote / IndyCar)

If the Verizon IndyCar Series field wants to beat Team Penske in St. Petersburg, they’re going to have to wait another year. Juan Pablo Montoya got the better of teammate Simon Pagenaud on a mid-race restart and held the Frenchman off through lapped traffic down the stretch to claim the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. …

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Through the Field: A Look at the 2016 IndyCar Paddock

IndyCar Field St. Pete Chris Jones

(Photo: Chris Jones / IndyCar)

After seven long months, the Verizon IndyCar Series is set to return to action this Sunday in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. This season the field will be as diverse as ever, with former Formula 1 hopefuls and returning prospects joining the familiar cast of legendary drivers in the paddock. Before the green flag …

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Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power Reveal Sleek 2016 Liveries

Juan Montoya Car

(Photo: IndyCar)

When the Verizon IndyCar Series heads to St. Petersburg, Florida this weekend, Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power will roll onto the track with style. Montoya and Power each revealed their new liveries for 2016 on social media Wednesday, just a handful of days before the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The Team Penske …

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Did You Notice? … The Band’s Back Together

Did You Notice? … That the old band’s back together again? That’s the hidden story surrounding Cole Pearn’s suspension this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex, Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota for Furniture Row Racing, was issued the suspension after the team was given notice pre-race for roof-flap issues in back-to-back …

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