Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Richmond – The Chase is Set, Brad Keselowski Dominates and a Drunk on a Fence

2014 Richmond Ii Cup Brad Keselowski Burnout Cia

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Key Moment – In a race where the winner leads 383 laps, including the final 274 in a row, there really aren’t any key moments in the race. Based on the practice sheets the key moment came between the first practice and the final practice. Brad Keselowski was 14th fastest in 10 lap average in …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Darrell Wallace, Jr. on Photography, a Legend in a Legend and Busting Out the Xbox

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Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace, Jr. is in his second full year of Camping World Truck Series competition for Kyle Busch Motorsports. The twenty-year-old driver has scored two wins this season and three in his Truck career. He is a graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program who cut his teeth in the INEX racing ranks of …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Atlanta Oral-B 500: Stewart Makes His Return

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Key Moment – Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. had a dispute in Turn 1 with two laps to go. Busch hit Truex in the back bumper and put him into the wall. The resulting contact brought out the caution flag, which prompted a Green-White-Checkered finish. Kasey Kahne, who was headed to a potential victory …

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NASCAR Tech Talk: Matt Puccia “Labors” Through Atlanta And Life On The Bubble

2014 Loudon I Cup Greg Biffle Car Cia

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It all comes down to the next two weeks for crew chief Matt Puccia, his No. 16 team and driver Greg Biffle. Their Roush Fenway Racing car is teetering on the “bubble” of making the Chase, winless but holding the last spot on points. A victory by another driver, or two bad finishes the next …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Corey LaJoie on Looking for Sponsors, Learning from the King and Concord Speedway

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Corey LaJoie is a development driver for Richard Petty Motorsports. He is the son of Randy LaJoie, two-time Nationwide series Champion. LaJoie has worked his way through the ranks of racing, winning at every stop along the way. He won three Late Model Stock Car races at Rockingham Speedway. He scored a victory at the K&N …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Irwin Tools Night Race

2014 Richmond I Cup Joey Logano Champagne Cia

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Key Moment – With 67 laps to go the caution flag flew for what ended up being the final time on Saturday night. Matt Kenseth stayed on the track with four other cars while Joey Logano headed to pit lane and bolted on four fresh bolognas. When the race restarted, Logano took the green in sixth position and quickly sliced …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Pure Michigan 400

2014 Michigan Ii Cup Jeff Gordon Burnout Cia

Key Moment – On the penultimate restart of the day, Kurt Busch was alongside Joey Logano when the green flag flew. Busch laid it all on the line trying to get past the car of his former employer but broke loose and bounced his car off of the wall. His rear tire ultimately failed, bringing out …

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Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Talks Shocks, Drafting And Setup At Michigan

As the Sprint Cup series heads back to Michigan International Speedway, the tires and aerodynamics of the race cars will be the big topics of discussion this week. The speeds at Michigan earlier this year were the highest we’ve seen all season. The tires used have been heavily scrutinized due to the repaving of the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Watkins Glen A Mix Of Tony’s Tragedy, AJ’s Triumph

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Key Moment – On lap 78, Josh Wise stopped in the grass on the inside of the exit of the Bus Stop. Rather than throw a local caution to give Wise an opportunity to refire the car and continue on, NASCAR threw a full-course caution. As a result, AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose drew immensely closer …

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