Race Weekend Central

Christopher Bell Earns Pole For Iowa Xfinity Race

2019 Iowa NXS Christopher Bell Pole Award Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Christopher Bell earned his fourth pole of the 2019 season with a 29.710-second lap around Iowa Speedway. It’s Bell’s 10th career pole award in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and comes at a track where he’s won the last two races. In his other two Iowa starts, he’s finished 16th and second. Bell also won last …

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Fire on Fridays: Can Derek Kraus Make NASCAR History?

#19: Derek Kraus, Bill McAnally Racing, Toyota Tundra ENEOS/NAPA FILTERS NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series

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The talk surrounding 2019 K&N Pro Series season has been largely dominated by Hailie Deegan. And for good reason. She’s young, she’s got a vibrant, no BS personality, has a large social media following–and by the way, can drive the wheels off a racecar. She kicked off the season out West with a last-lap pass …

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Will Rodgers to Make Xfinity Series Debut at Iowa

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Finger Lakes Wine Country 100 at The Glen

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Another NASCAR Next driver will be making their first career national series start this weekend. Will Rodgers, a four-time K&N Pro Series road course winner, will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut for Brandonbilt Motorsports at Iowa Speedway, driving the No. 68 American Liver Foundation/Risk Management Advisors Chevrolet in the U.S. Cellular 250 (Saturday, 5 …

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Denny Hamlin Finishes Second At NHMS, ‘Needed To Be More Decisive’ On Final Lap

2019 Loudon MENCS Denny Hamlin Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

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It was close but no cigar for Denny Hamlin in Sunday’s (July 21) Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In one of the best finishes in NHMS history, Hamlin fell just short of besting Kevin Harvick for the win, as the two made contact in the final corner on the way to …

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Ryan Newman: ‘That’s the Most Fun I’ve Had All Year in a Racecar’

2019 Loudon MENCS Ryan Newman Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Ryan Newman‘s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series afternoon was a roller coaster of epic proportions at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. After starting in the rear Sunday (July 21) in a backup car, encountering an engine issue with under 100 laps to go and coming from the back to the front of the field multiple times, …

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Kaulig Racing Crew Chief Nick Harrison Passes Away

2012 Talladega NSCS Nick Harrison Face Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Kaulig Racing announced Sunday morning (July 21) that Nick Harrison, crew chief for Justin Haley on the No. 11 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, has passed away. He was 37 years old. No cause and time of death has been reported at this time. Harrison guided Haley to a 13th-place finish yesterday at New …

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Fire on Fridays: Was Justin Haley’s Daytona Win the Biggest Upset in NASCAR History?

Justin Haley poses with his trophy after winning the summer NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona, July 2019. Photo: NKP

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I’m willing to bet zero people on the face of planet earth woke up Sunday morning thinking Justin Haley would wind up a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner by the end of the day. But as a wise man once said, to finish first, you first must finish. But WAIT that doesn’t even apply …

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Fire on Fridays: Don’t Underestimate Ross Chastain

2019 Gateway NGOTS Trucks Ross Chastain Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Call him Ross the Boss Watermelon Man Chastain, because this dude deserves to be called two different nicknames. He’s that good, this story is that cool and the fact that this watermelon farmer keeps on trucking (pun intended) needs to be appreciated. A borderline journeyman who’s paid his dues and then some, Ross Chastain‘s win …

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Kyle Busch Comes Up 1 Spot Short At Sonoma

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Kyle Busch couldn't catch Martin Truex Jr. for the win in the closing stages. (Danny Peters)

It wasn’t meant to be for Kyle Busch. After leading 37 laps in Sunday’s (June 23) Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, the Candyman fell one spot short of earning his third Sonoma victory, as he failed to reel in Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. “I ran pretty hard the majority of that …

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Matt DiBenedetto Earns Career-Best Finish At Home Track

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Matt DiBenedetto's home track rewarded him with a career-best finish. (Danny Peters)

Matt DiBenedetto‘s Sunday (June 23) afternoon at Sonoma Raceway was one for the books. The Grass Valley, Calif., native — only a couple hours drive away from Wine Country — earned his best career finish in the Toyota/Save Mart 350, crossing the finish line in fourth for Leavine Family Racing’s No. 95 Toyota. “I cannot …

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Fire on Fridays: What’s Next for Kurt Busch?

2019 Michigan I CUP Kurt Busch NKP

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If you didn’t know he was 40 years old, the numbers tell you Kurt Busch may be near the top of his game. Sure, he’s in his first season with Chip Ganassi Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, still working out the kinks that come along with joining a new organization and new …

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Tyler Ankrum to Run Partial Schedule for Rest of 2019 Due to Lack of Sponsorship

2019 Texas GOTS Tyler Ankrum NKP

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Defending K&N Pro Series East champion and current DGR-Crosley NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series contender Tyler Ankrum has had a change of plans when it comes to racing in 2019. After announcing in the offseason his plan to run every race once he turned 18, Ankrum will now run a part-time schedule for the team, …

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