Race Weekend Central

Off the Wall With: Justin Allgaier

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This week’s good sport: Sprint Cup driver Justin Allgaier What’s fun besides racing? Justin Allgaier: I’m kind of a flavor of the week kind of guy. I’ve always got some new hobby. I’d say two things. Go out on the lake and go wake surfing and then golfing. That is kind of my two getaways …

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Denny Hamlin Sweeps Poles at Bristol

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Denny Hamlin has the feel for Bristol, at least for this weekend, when it comes to qualifying. Just two hours after securing the best starting spot for the Xfinity Series race, Hamlin went back out onto the high-banked half-mile of Bristol Motor Speedway and scored the pole for the Cup Series race. Hamlin bested his …

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Clint Bowyer, Rob Kauffman Share Information About Separation from MWR

Clint bowyer on track during practice at Martinsville Speedway

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Clint Bowyer and Rob Kauffman stopped by the media center at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday morning to discuss the decision to both part ways and to leave Michael Waltrip Racing. Bowyer’s comments were predominantly focused on the members of his No. 15 team and explaining his reasoning as quickly as humanly possible. In contrast, Kauffman’s …

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Tech Talk: Matt Puccia Talks Tire Wear at Bristol

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The No. 16 team of Greg Biffle is heading into Bristol knowing it has to win in the next few weeks to have a chance to run for the championship, and crew chief Matt Puccia feels confident that the team is going to have something for the competition thanks to a strong car from the spring …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan

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Who’s in the headline – Joe Gibbs Racing established their dominance early in the weekend and threw down the gauntlet in qualifying by putting their cars first through third, and all four in the top six. When the race started, Matt Kenseth took advantage of his 16th career pole and a very strong car to race off …

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Off the Wall With: John Hunter Nemechek

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driverJohn Hunter Nemechek in the garage at Phoenix International Raceway

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Welcome to Off the Wall With…, where we ask your favorite drivers five questions that are… well, off the wall! We’ll check in with a different driver each week to get a peek into life outside the racecar. This week, we’ve got rising Truck Series star John Hunter Nemechek. What’s fun besides racing? John Hunter …

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Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Talks Aero, Fuel & Yaw

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Crew chiefs make the big money because they have to make the calls that can win or lose a race on pit road. Last weekend we saw the race settled in the last quarter-mile of the event thanks to fuel strategy. As the series prepares to head to Michigan International Speedway for the second time …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

Joey Logano poses with the trophy after winning the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International

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Who’s in the headline – Weekend sweeps seem to happen quite frequently these days, with some of the winning drivers from the Cup Series running the companion races that are scheduled on many race weekends. Surprisingly, this weekend featured the first time such a sweep took place at Watkins Glen. Joey Logano had never run a …

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Off the Wall With: Ward Burton

Ward Burton coaches son Jeb Burton at Martinsille Speedway

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Welcome to Off the Wall With…, where we ask your favorite drivers five questions that are… well, off the wall! We’ll check in with a different driver each week to get a peek into life outside the race car. This week, former Sprint Cup driver and current Sprint Cup dad Ward Burton stops by. What’s …

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Tech Talk: Bono Manion on Setting Up for Those Pesky Right Turns

Kevin Bono Manion Martinsville 2015 Mike Neff

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Pocono was a rough weekend for Kevin “Bono” Manion and the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports team driven by Sam Hornish Jr., but the veteran crew chief is hoping to put the disappointment behind his team and have a better run this coming weekend – after all, it’s a car that has won in the past …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Windows 10 400 at Pocono

Nascar Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400

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Who’s in the headline – For the first time in month, Kyle Busch is not the main story coming out of a Cup race. He was half a lap from taking another trophy, but it was his teammate Matt Kenseth who came home with the hardware. In a crazy race that featured seven cautions in the first …

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Tech Talk: Talking Aerodynamics, Strategy & Shift Levers with Jason Ratcliff

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The last four weeks have been quite a challenge for the crew chiefs in the Cup garage. The head wrenches had to prepare a low-downforce car for Kentucky, a standard 2015 rules package car for Loudon, a high-drag car for Indianapolis and now another standard package car for Pocono. Don’t forget that every team brings …

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