Race Weekend Central

NASCAR 101: Race Winners Have Better Starting Positions (On Average) in 2017

2017 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series O'reilly Auto Parts 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Tx Usa Sunday 9 April 2017 Kevin Harvick And Ryan Blaney Green Flag Start World Copyright: Russell Labounty/nkp

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Talk is often made in NASCAR — or any form of auto racing, really — about winning a race from the pole position. After all, it’s part of running what could be considered a perfect race: qualifying faster than anyone else and then holding that lead to the checkered flag. Generally a driver loses the …

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NASCAR 101: How’s NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program Done So Far?

Nascar Xfinity Series Thehouse.com 300 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Il Usa Saturday 16 September 2017 Darrell Wallace Jr, Nickelodeon Green Slime Ford Mustang World Copyright:brett Moist Nkp

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The news of Darrell Wallace Jr.’s full-time move to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018 was met with a fair share of excited NASCAR fans, some of whom have been waiting for Wallace’s breakout on the national NASCAR stage since he ran his first races in the XFINITY Series five years ago. And …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Make Their Cup Debut Before the End of 2017

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Chances are you’re focusing more — if not completely — on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship battle that’s wrapping up in a month, and rightfully so, since it seems like it could be quite the nail-biter once all is said and done. That said, five races remain in the 2017 Cup season, and …

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Christopher Bell Moving to XFINITY Series in 2018

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After multiple seasons in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and a handful of starts in the XFINITY Series, Christopher Bell is moving up to the latter full-time in 2018. Bell will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in the series next year, the team announced Friday (Oct. 13). Additional details like car number, sponsor and …

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NASCAR 101: 25 Years In Between Cup Starts

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Go Bowling 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Ks Usa Friday 12 May 2017 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Hendrick Motorsports, Mountain Dew Dew S A Chevrolet Ss And Carl Long World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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This weekend at Talladega Superspeedway marks the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start of the season for Mark Thompson. It’s also his first start of the decade… and his first of the century. Thompson, 66, is likely familiar to those who follow the ARCA Racing Series or even the last few seasons of the …

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NASCAR 101: Most Top 5s in a Season Without a Win

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There’s nothing wrong with Elliott Sadler’s season this year. Not that you might have been thinking that, but if you’ve been following the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2017, perhaps you let the idea slip into your mind at some point. Despite being the regular season champion, he’s been one of the odd men out at …

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Matt Tifft Signs with Richard Childress Racing in XFINITY for 2018, Daniel Hemric Re-Signs

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Matt Tifft will be back in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next year, but it’ll be with a different team. Richard Childress Racing announced Thursday (Oct. 5) that Tifft will pilot the team’s No. 2 in the series for the full 2018 season. The current first-year full-time XFINITY driver is coming over from Joe Gibbs Racing and its …

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NASCAR 101: The Decline of NASCAR’s Team Count

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For an extremely brief moment earlier this week, a new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team had joined the fray. StarCom Racing’s No. 00 showed up on the entry list for Dover International Speedway with Derrike Cope as its driver, becoming the 40th entry for the race. However, by Tuesday night, Cope and co. had …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Take Advantage of XFINITY’s Last Standalone Race of 2017

Nascar Xfinity Series U.s. Cellular 250 Iowa Speedway, Newton, Ia Usa Saturday 29 July 2017 Brian Scott, Daniel Defense Chevrolet Camaro, Brendan Gaughan, Us Cellular Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Brett Moist Nkp

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Time’s sure flown by when it comes to the 2017 NASCAR season, and it’s possible that’s no more prevalent anywhere else than in the XFINITY Series, which runs its final standalone race of the year this weekend. The series travels to Kentucky Speedway for a night race Saturday, Sept. 23, its last event of 2017 …

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Chase Briscoe, Johnny Sauter Lead Truck Chicagoland Practices

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Chase Briscoe is still looking for his first win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but if his Chicagoland Speedway practice sessions are any indication, he might have a better shot than any come Friday. Briscoe led the opening practice session for the TheHouse.com 225 at Chicagoland Thursday (Sept. 14) and placed second in …

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Tyler Reddick Moves to JR Motorsports for 2018

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After a season running part-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Tyler Reddick will be back to full-time competition in 2018. JR Motorsports announced Thursday (Sept. 14) that Reddick will drive one of the team’s four full-time cars in the XFINITY Series next year. The signing currently comes as a multi-year agreement. The car number, crew …

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Aric Almirola Departing Richard Petty Motorsports at End of 2017

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Go Bowling 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Ks Usa Friday 12 May 2017 Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports, Smithfield Ford Fusion World Copyright: Brett Moist Nkp

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Richard Petty Motorsports will have a new look next season. On the same day as Smithfield’s announcement that the company would not return to RPM and its No. 43 Ford for 2018, the team announced Aric Almirola will also not return to the car. Almirola has been the car’s primary driver for six years. He’s also …

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