Race Weekend Central

Kurt Busch Fastest in 2nd Practice for 2015 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

Kurt Busch Bank Of America 500 Charlotte 2015 Mike Neff

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

The first of two practice sessions on Friday saw Kurt Busch lay down the fast lap of the session. Busch ran 45 laps during the session, but it was the very first lap that was the quickest. Busch tripped the timing and scoring light with a lap of 28.606 seconds (188.772 mph). Second on the …

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Tech Talk: New Father Matt Puccia Talks Charlotte, Gear Ratios

Matt Puccia Indianapolis Cup 2015 Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

The Chase for the Championship in the Cup Series is stressful and intense. When teams are not in that mix, the focus changes to preparing for next year and trying to win a race for your sponsor and team in the current season. Matt Puccia is trying to finish the season strong with his driver …

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Kasey Kahne Fastest in Final Practice for the 2015 Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte

Kasey Kahne Race For The Cure 300 Charlotte 2015 Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

The top drivers in Xfinity Series practice were Cup drivers, but the best NXS drivers were right there with them when the red and black flags flew for final practice. Kasey Kahne ran 41 laps in practice, but it was the very first lap that was the quickest. Kahne tripped the timing beam at 29.928 …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 AAA 400 at Dover

Dale Jr And Mcmurray

Photo Credit: Joseph Wolkin, Frontstretch

Who’s in the headline – Kevin Harvick dominated the race and dominated the headlines. He drove from a 15th-place starting spot, due to qualifying being rained out, to the lead in just 23 laps. From then on, Harvick led 355 of the final 377 laps, only losing the lead during pit stops when drivers took two …

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Tech Talk: Huge Loads and Optimum Cambers with Jason Ratcliff

2015 Loudon Ii Cup Jason Ratcliff Matt Kenseth Trophy Cia

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Winning fixes everything, even if there wasn’t anything broken. Matt Kenseth, Jason Ratcliff and the No. 20 team played strategy well at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and came home with the victory last weekend. There are many things that come into play for a team to win a Cup Series race and the historic trends don’t …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire

2015 Loudon Ii Cup Matt Kenseth Wins Cia

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Who’s in the headline – The headlines are crowded after Loudon, but Matt Kenseth gets the bold print. Kevin Harvick tried to stretch fuel but came up two laps short and Brad Keselowski was penalized for jumping a restart, which took him out of contention for the win. Kenseth was the driver who conserved his equipment …

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Off the Wall With: Daniel Hemric

2015 Michigan Ii Cwts Daniel Hemric Cia

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In the spotlight this week: Camping World Truck Series driver Daniel Hemric. What’s fun besides racing? Daniel Hemric: Race, and work on racecars. What’s the top item on your bucket list? Hemric: Skydive without someone hooked to me. Your go-to on movie night is: Hemric: Days of Thunder. What’s one item that’s always in your …

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Tech Talk: Truck Arms and Pinion Angles with Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion

Kevin Bono Manion Charlotte Sprint Showdown 2015 Cup Mike Neff

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

The 1-mile racetrack in Loudon, New Hampshire, provides some unique challenges to race teams. For a team that isn’t in the Chase, the test is to compete and try and win the event while not interfering with the teams racing for the championship. As a team that hasn’t won this season, getting the car to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 myAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland

2015 Chicago Cup Denny Hamlin Burnout Cia

(Photo: CIA Stock Photography, 2015)

Who’s in the headline – Dave Rogers made a call to stay out on a late-race caution and Denny Hamlin restarted the race in third with five laps to go. He went three-wide on the bottom of the track, cleared Jeff Gordon in turns 1 and 2, passed Kurt Busch as they spilled onto the …

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Off the Wall With: Alex Bowman

2015 Martinsville I Cup Alex Bowman Car Credit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

In the spotlight this week: Rising Sprint Cup star Alex Bowman What’s fun besides racing? Alex Bowman: All car related stuff. I do a lot of building my own street cars, modifying stuff and stuff like that. I have a lot of friends who do the same stuff. What’s the top item on your bucket …

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Tech Talk: Tommy Baldwin on How the Digital Dash Is Good for NASCAR

Tommy Baldwin Cup 2015 Phil Cavali

(Photo Credit: Phil Cavali, The Hot Lap)

Tommy Baldwin is not just the crew chief of the No. 7 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car driven by Alex Bowman. He’s also the owner. The longtime crew chief brings a unique perspective to the job and also provides some interesting insight into next season and this year’s Chase. In this week’s Tech Talk, Baldwin talks …

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