Race Weekend Central

Couch Potato Tuesday: Darrell Waltrip Violates Scout Law at Martinsville

2016 Martinsville I Cup Overhead View Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Martinsville Speedway, oldest track in NASCAR and the one of the slowest.  This weekend, we got a different type of action at Martinsville.  Goodyear, with some help from warmer temperatures, finally came up with something that would lay down rubber on the concrete for what seems like the first time in ever.  As a result, …

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Toyota’s Nicolas Lapierre Fastest Overall in WEC Prologue

2017 Monza Wec Nicolas Lapierre Car Marius Hecker Adrenalmedia.com

(Photo: © Marius Hecker - AdrenalMedia.com)

On Sunday, the annual Prologue for the FIA World Endurance Championship wrapped up at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy.  When the dust settled, it was Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Nicolas Lapierre that was fastest overall.  Lapierre turned in a lap at 90.547 seconds (143.114 mph) in the final session. Saturday night was supposed to see …

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Mike Conway Fastest Overall In WEC Prologue Day No. 1

2017 Monza Wec Mike Conway Car Credit Marcel Langer Adrenalmedia.com

(Photo: © Marcel Langer - AdrenalMedia.com)

This weekend is the Prologue, an open test session for all teams that have declared intentions to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship full-time in 2017.  27 cars are present at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza for two days of testing on the ultra-fast 3.5996-mile road course. After the first day, Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Mike …

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Entry List: BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach

2017 Daytona Iwsc Justin Marks Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday, IMSA released the provisional entry list for the BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, round No. 3 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  The race will see 35 cars from the Prototype, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes battle for 100 minutes on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Focuses On Fontana Restart Action

2017 Fontana Nxs Pack Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Like what we’ve seen from FOX NASCAR coverage, Auto Club Speedway has undergone a paradigm shift of opinions over the past 20 years.  At first, there was some excitement about being back in Southern California after being away for nine years.  The place was packed and the racing was OK.  The track even got a …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Fails With All-In NASCAR Fighting Strategy

Last weekend, NASCAR descended upon Arizona for some toasty racing.  Going into the weekend, the primary story was the fracas in Las Vegas.  Good lord, that story was “beaten” into the ground. Camping World 500k Kyle Busch obviously knew going into Phoenix that a lot of focus would be on his confrontation with Joey Logano.  NASCAR …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Sweeps 36 Hours of Florida

2017 Daytona Iwsc Ricky Taylor Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

The Taylor family really loves Florida.  Wayne Taylor Racing owner Wayne Taylor and his sons Jordan and Ricky have lived in Seminole County north of Orlando for years.  On Saturday, the family returned to Victory Lane once again with the Taylor brothers sweeping Daytona and Sebring, along with newcomer Alex Lynn. With the win, Wayne …

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Scott Maxwell, Jade Buford Claim Maiden Win for Mustang GT4 at Sebring

2017 Sebring Ctsc Jade Buford Car Credit Ford Performance

(Photo: Ford Performance)

After Daytona’s sports car season opener, Multimatic Motorsports decided to dedicate themselves to helping customers with the new Ford Mustang GT4 instead of fielding one themselves.  The car Multimatic ran at Daytona is in Europe for GT4 homologation testing.  As a result, drivers Scott Maxwell and Jade Buford were moved to KohR Motorsports and raced …

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REBELLION Racing’s Neel Jani Wins Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Overall Pole

2017 Daytona Iwsc Neel Jani Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Friday afternoon, REBELLION Racing’s Neel Jani claimed the overall pole for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.  Jani’s lap of 108.178 seconds (124.462 mph) was about one-tenth of a second quicker than Action Express Racing’s Christian Fittipaldi.  The lap is over three seconds faster than last year’s overall pole-winning time. While …

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Stephen Simpson Fastest Overall in Thursday Sebring Practice

2017 Daytona Iwsc Stephen Simpson Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Thursday, the 46 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams took to the 3.74-mile Sebring International Raceway for three practice sessions.  The main story heading into the weekend was how the Cadillacs would fare after being hit with multiple rule changes designed to slow them down.  The overall result is that they aren’t necessarily going to run …

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Grainger Re-ups with Richard Childress Racing and Ryan Newman

Ryan Newman Indianapolis 2016 Cup Mike Neff

On Tuesday, Richard Childress Racing announced a multi-year contract extension with Grainger that will see the industrial supply company continue to serve as a sponsor on Ryan Newman‘s No. 31 Chevrolet.  The team’s press release does not indicate how many races that Grainger will serve as the primary sponsor this season.  However, Grainger’s first race …

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