Race Weekend Central

NASCAR Penalizes Nearly Two Dozen Teams in Texas

2016 Cup Texas Joey Logano Car Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

On Wednesday, NASCAR released the weekly penalty report stemming from Texas.  Compared to recent weeks, this one was quite the doozy. In the Sprint Cup Series, Joey Logano‘s No. 22 Ford that finished second Sunday night was found to have one loose lugnut.  As a result, the No. 22 has been hit with a P2 …

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Riley Motorsports Switches to Mercedes, SunEnergy1 Racing Reforms

2016 Road Atlanta Iwsc Ben Keating Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday, Mercedes officially announced their entry into the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the new V8-powered Mercedes AMG GT3.  Riley Motorsports will serve as the primary team for the manufacturer, which will not field a factory squad in the GT Daytona class.  Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen will return to the team for their …

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WeatherTech Racing Switches to Mercedes for 2017

2016 Daytona Iwsc Gunnar Jeannette Car Credit Weathertech Racing Photo

(Credit: WeatherTech Racing photo)

On Wednesday morning, WeatherTech Racing made two announcements for the upcoming 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  First off, the team itself has moved away from Alex Job Racing.  It will now compete as the second team affiliated with Riley Motorsports, using the No. 50.  Cooper MacNeil, son of WeatherTech CEO David MacNeil, will drive with …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Decent Despite Dearth of Texas Racing

Nascar Sprint Cup Series Aaa Texas 500

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

All three of NASCAR’s national series visited Texas Motor Speedway last weekend, with two races run under the lights, which wouldn’t be out of the ordinary, except only one — the Camping World Truck Series event on Friday — was actually planned to be. But rain threatened the running of the AAA Texas 500 in …

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Matt DiBenedetto Out After Wreck, Jeffrey Earnhardt to Sub

2016 Kansas I Cup Matt Dibenedetto Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

On Saturday afternoon, Matt DiBenedetto had a hard crash during the XFINITY Series’ O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.  The No. 14 Toyota went hard into the turn 3 wall on lap 134 unassisted.  He dropped his window net shortly after coming to a stop, signaling to safety crews that he was alright. “I’m …

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Acura Announces 2017 NSX GT3 Driver Lineup

2016 Sema Andy Lally Katherine Legge Ozz Negri Jeff Segal Credit Acura

(Credit: Acura)

On Tuesday, Acura unveiled their full-time driver lineup for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge factory efforts at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.  The lineup consists of solid, veteran talent.  Note that the car pictured above is the Acura TLX-GT, raced in Pirelli World Challenge by RealTime Racing.  It will be …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Martinsville Exposes Cracks In NBC’s Coverage

Cup Martinsville Martinsville Speedway Jeff Gordon

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Martinsville Speedway typically brings close quarters, tire issues and some frayed tempers.  Last weekend, we got some of that.  As far as I know, no punches were thrown.  Two drivers clinched their spots in the Championship 4 at Homestead for their respective series and fans on hand got a good show…most of the time. Goody’s …

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Audi Pulling Out of WEC at End of 2016

2016 Fuji Wec Lucas Di Grassi Car Credit Gabi Tomescu Adrenalmedia Com

(Credit: © Gabi Tomescu - AdrenalMedia.com)

On Wednesday, Audi Sport announced that they are “realigning our motorsport strategy.”  As a result, Audi will be pulling out of the FIA World Endurance Championship at the end of the 2016 season and shutting down their prototype program after 18 years.  In its place, Audi Sport will launch a new factory-supported program for the budget-capped FIA …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Shines in the Broadcast Booth

2016 Nascar Talladega

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Talladega is always an interesting race weekend.  Where the camera focuses is less of an issue than normal because most of the field sticks together.  However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is perfect. Hellmann’s 500 Sunday brought on another cutoff race for the Sprint Cup Series at Talladega.  Stomachs were churning, people dealt with …

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Mexico Series to Return in 2017 with Peak as Title Sponsor

On Tuesday, NASCAR announced that Old World Industries’ PEAK brand will serve as the new title sponsor for the NASCAR Mexico Series, starting in 2017.  The NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will race in 2017 on a suite of ovals and road courses in a schedule that will be announced at a later date.  Prior to that, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Chris Buescher Impresses In Broadcast Debut

2016 Chicago Cup Chris Buescher Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Last weekend, we had three interesting races at Kansas Speedway.  They were different races, but each had their charms.  We also had three approaches to these races. Before we get going, FOX Sports announced a new online offering last Thursday.  Danielle Trotta and Kaitlyn Vincie will host a new digital show, Off Track, that will …

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Potential 2017 Sprint Cup Rules Leaked?

Motorsport.com’s Lee Spencer is reporting that Sprint Cup teams have been given a list of rules for the 2017 season.  There are seven changes of note, the biggest of which involves downforce. Under the new rules, if implemented, spoiler height will be cut from 3.5 inches to 2.375 inches, a decrease of just over 32 …

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