Race Weekend Central

Reviewing the 2019 ARCA Season

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The 2019 ARCA Menards Series season has come to an end, and Christian Eckes became the 36th different champion in its 67th season. The season saw seven different drivers capture victories over the 20 races. Venturini Motorsports won the owners’ championship, and the organization won 14 races this season. Eckes and teammate Michael Self finished …

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2-Headed Monster: Joey Logano vs. Denny Hamlin: Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong and Why?

It’s October at Martinsville Speedway, so you know what that means. Drivers getting into it and tempers flarin’ so much that the race once sponsored by Hanes should be sponsored by Tucks or Preparation H at this point. If it’s not Matt Kenseth trying to push the No. 22 over the railroad tracks through the …

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Sam Hunt Racing, Colin Garrett Attempting Move To Xfinity Series

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A new NASCAR Xfinity Series team will attempt to make the 2020 season-opener at Daytona International Speedway as well as possibly the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sam Hunt Racing, currently a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team, will field the No. 26 Toyota with driver Colin Garrett. Team owner Sam Hunt made the announcement …

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Justin Alexander to Return As Austin Dillon’s Crew Chief in 2020

Justin Alexander on top of the pit box for Austin Dillon. (Photo: NKP)

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Justin Alexander will be the crew chief for Austin Dillon in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2020, Richard Childress Racing announced Monday, Oct. 28. Current crew chief Danny Stockman will step down after this season and will retain an undisclosed role within Richard Childress Racing. He was the crew chief for Dillon when …

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Brandon Jones Surprises with 1st Xfinity Win at Kansas, Nobody Advances to Homestead

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Although the Big Three controlled the 2019 Kansas Lottery 300, including being the top three earners in stage points, late restarts put them on alert. When the checkered flag flew, Brandon Jones won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway. It is his first career victory in any of the three major national NASCAR …

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Daniel Hemric Scores First Career Cup Series Pole at Kansas Speedway

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Daniel Hemric won his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole at Kansas Speedway. The rookie driver of the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet will lead the field to the green flag in the 2019 Hollywood Casino 400. NBC Sports broadcaster Jeff Burton told Hemric he had pole-winning speed, and Hemric proved him …

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ARCA Preview: 2019 ARCA Kansas 150

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The ARCA Menards Series wraps up its season with the 2019 ARCA Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 18. It is the 19th race for the series at the 1.5-mile track in Kansas City, Kan., and it will host the season finale next year too. Entering the final race, Christian Eckes leads Michael Self …

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Tanner Gray Attempting Final 3 Truck Races of 2019

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Tanner Gray will drive in the remaining three NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races this season, DGR-Crosley announced Wednesday, Oct. 16. Gray will attempt to make his Truck Series debut in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville Speedway in DGR-Crosley’s No. 15 and will also enter ISM Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. “I’m excited …

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Matt Crafton Wins Talladega Truck Pole

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Matt Crafton won his first pole at a superspeedway Saturday, winning the pole for the 2019 Sugarlands Shine 250 at Talladega Superspeedway in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Oct. 12. Crafton won the pole with the fastest speed of 180.925 mph. Tyler Ankrum will start second in his first race at a superspeedway. …

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Eddie Pardue Becomes Crew Chief for Ryan Preece

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Ryan Preece has a new crew chief beginning with the 2019 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. JTG Daugherty Racing confirmed the move to NBC Sports. Eddie Pardue has been elevated from his role as an engineer to the crew chief position. Preece’s former crew chief, Tristan Smith, has switched roles and is now an engineer …

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Sam Mayer to Run in ARCA & Trucks in 2020

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Fresh off winning the 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship, Sam Mayer revealed his 2020 plans to Frontstretch at Lucas Oil Raceway. Mayer will defend his title in the newly re-branded ARCA Menards Series East next season. Mayer noted that division is of foremost importance to him and his GMS Racing team. In addition …

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