Race Weekend Central

Kyle Larson Sweeps XFINITY Practices at Homestead

Cup 2016 Charlotte Kyle Larson Zach Catanzareti

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Riding his patented high line at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kyle Larson posted the quick time in final practice for the XFINITY Series. Pushing his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet to 170.487 mph, Larson topped Chaser Daniel Suarez by 0.117 seconds. Close in their wake was the second-highest Chaser in Erik Jones, who finished third ahead …

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Joey Logano Grabs Thrilling Phoenix Victory Toward Championship 4 Berth

2016 Pocono Ii Cup Joey Logano John Harrelson Nkp

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When the No. 20 of Matt Kenseth left a wall of smoke in the first turn of Phoenix International Raceway, it was a now-or-never moment for Joey Logano. Sitting in a tie with Kyle Busch for the final position in the Championship 4, Logano took advantage of a late crash to grab the victory in …

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William Byron Earns 2nd Truck Series Pole at Phoenix

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Though he’s a six-time winner in 2016, William Byron had only one pole in his Camping World Truck Series rookie season. That was until he ripped around Phoenix International Raceway Friday night at a speed of 138.254 mph, where he grabbed pole No. 2 in his No. 9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. “Feels great for …

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Brennan Poole Leads Final XFINITY Practice in Phoenix

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In preparation for the penultimate race of the 2016 season, the XFINITY Series wrapped up their practice sessions Friday at Phoenix International Speedway. While eight teams will decide the series’ Final 4 drivers next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway, it was a non-Chaser who led the way on the 1-mile track. Despite winning five of the …

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Carl Edwards Wins Rain-Shortened AAA Texas 500, Advances to Championship 4

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The very thing that kept Carl Edwards out of the Championship 4 in 2015 had his back Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. That thing, of course, was rain. Following a five-hour weather delay to start the afternoon in Texas, the rain returned with 42 laps to go, giving race leader Carl Edwards the race victory. …

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David Ragan Carrying Momentum into Goody’s Fast Relief 500

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For David Ragan, Martinsville Speedway would be an ideal place to have a season-best performance. Though it’s been a trying season for Ragan, who is in the closing stages of his first year with BK Racing, this weekend at Martinsville has been a breath of fresh air for more than one reason. Kicking off with …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Wins 2nd Straight Pole of 2016

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For the second consecutive week, it’s Martin Truex, Jr. who will lead the field to green in the Sprint Cup Series. Winning the pole last week at Talladega – the biggest, fastest track on the circuit – Truex came to the shortest and slowest track of Martinsville Speedway and backed it up, winning his fifth …

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Chase Elliott’s Title Run Ends in Talladega

2016 Loudon I Cup Chase Elliott Jimmie Johnson Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Back-to-back finishes of 33rd and 31st made the task simple for Chase Elliott Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway: Win. Though the 20-year-old’s day didn’t end in Victory Lane, he was looking strong in the early going, as he led nine laps on five occasions in the opening 80 laps in Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500. A 12th-place finish was …

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Kevin Harvick Upset with Teammate Kurt Busch in Talladega

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It took some time, but we found our first punch in the Sprint Cup Series Chase for the championship. Following the finish of Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Kurt Busch rubbed the side of Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Chevrolet. After parking on pit road, Harvick took a swing at Busch, who …

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Joey Logano Wins Elimination Race in Talladega

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For the second straight time in the Chase race at Talladega Superspeedway, Joey Logano grabbed the win after holding off rookie Brian Scott in the final laps. Earning his second win of 2016, Logano advances to the Round of 8 after entering the Alabama track in a tie for the final advance spot. Brian Scott, …

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Brad Keselowski Blows Engine at Talladega

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Add another Chase driver to the list of blown motors at Talladega Superspeedway. Brad Keselowski, who was out front and dominating Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500, blew a motor in his No. 2 Ford with 45 laps to go. Keselowski led 90 laps before the race-ending failure and will not advance to the Round of 8, as …

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Martin Truex Jr. Grabs Talladega Pole

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Amidst some mid-qualifying controversy, Martin Truex Jr., earned the pole for the Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, ripping around the 2.66-mile track in 49. 508 seconds [193.423 mph]. The pole is his fourth of 2016, 11th of his Sprint Cup series career and first at Talladega. “It’s definitely the place to be to start the …

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