Race Weekend Central

Multimatic Motorsports Wins CTSC at Lime Rock

2015 Lime Rock Ctsc Billy Johnson Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

Going into Saturday morning’s 150-minute Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Lime Rock, it was assumed that the race would come down to tires.  The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsports weigh less, thus it was assumed that they would be quicker later.  In addition, everyone assumed that the race would have a couple of cautions to …

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Danny Burkett, Chad McCumbee Take Lime Rock CTSC Poles

2016 Lime Rock Ctsc Danny Burkett Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Friday afternoon, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams had to deal with high temperatures in order to determine the starting grid for Saturday’s 150-minute race at Lime Rock Park.  The two earlier practice sessions saw two different models top the charts in both the Grand Sport and Street Tuner classes, so it was …

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Colin Braun Claims Northeast Grand Prix Overall Pole

2016 Lime Rock Iwsc Colin Braun Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Late Friday afternoon, after a day of hot and humid weather (although, no thunderstorms that were forecasted), the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams took to the 1.474-mile circuit at Lime Rock Park for qualifying. Three 15-minute sessions would determine the starting order for Saturday’s race. In the Prototype Challenge class, CORE autosport‘s Colin Braun has …

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Starworks Motorsport, CORE autosport Pace WeatherTech Practices

2016 Lime Rock Iwsc Renger Van Der Zande Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

At Lime Rock Park, traffic appears to be the name of the game all weekend in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  With 31 cars entered for a race on a 1.474-mile road course, space is at a premium.  It is hard to get a clean lap.  On Friday, teams tried to do that to learn …

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Trent Hindman, Billy Johnson Lead Lime Rock Practice Sessions

2016 Ctsc Watkins Glen Trent Hindman Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

At Lime Rock Park, teams had to deal with hot and humid weather on Friday.  Temperatures in the afternoon session rose to nearly 95 degrees with dewpoints in the low 70’s.  Despite the high temperatures, the teams still needed to dial their cars in for what is likely to be a warm race on Saturday. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR TV Creates Dale Jr. Sub Narrative

Sometimes, you have to sit back and think about things.  Today’s critique marks the 600th combined TV critique for Frontstretch between Couch Potato Tuesday (and its former title, Talking NASCAR TV) and The Critic’s Annex.  Where does the time go?  Crikey. New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosted a Joe Gibbs Racing benefit last week.  It says …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: 3 Kentucky NASCAR Races, 3 Different Results For FOX And NBC

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Welcome back.  Last weekend saw three interesting races at the new-and-possibly improved Kentucky Speedway.  It’s pretty rare to see three completely different races in one race weekend. Before we start, FOX Sports announced on Wednesday that Shannon Spake has left ESPN to join the FOX Sports family.  The press release indicates that she will keep …

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Action Express Racing Scores Second Consecutive 1-2

2016 Watkins Glen Iwsc Dane Cameron Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, it seemed like Mazda Motorsports had the right stuff early on to take a victory.  However, an air jack issue and a mechanical failure dropped the race directly into the lap of Action Express Racing for the second week in a row. After Wayne Taylor Racing‘s Ricky Taylor …

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Multimatic Dominates CTSC at CTMP, CRG-I Do Borrow Wins ST

2016 Watkins Glen Ctsc Owen Trinkler Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

You might be wondering why we’re not leading with a picture of the Grand Sport winners?  Quite simple, the Grand Sport class was not where the action was in Saturday’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. A mere four cars were entered in the Grand Sport class, and from the …

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Scott Maxwell wins CTMP Overall Pole for CTSC, Sets Record

2015 Lime Rock Ctsc Billy Johnson Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

On Friday, the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge held qualifying sessions for Saturday’s 150-minute race.  Last week, Scott Maxwell won the pole in changeable conditions at Watkins Glen to tie Matt Bell for most all-time in the series with 12.  It did not take long for Maxwell to break the tie. Maxwell drove his No. 15 …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Did Commercials Hinder NBC NASCAR Coverage?

2016 Daytona Ii Cup Pack Racing Blur John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

After a busy holiday weekend covering Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen, IMSA’s latest big event, I was pretty worn out this Fourth of July weekend. Incredibly, you all seem just as worn out with NBC NASCAR coverage this season – or lack thereof – after just one race. NBC’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut …

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Action Express Racing Earns 1-2 in Sahlen’s Six Hours

Going into Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen, the prevailing notion was that the race would favor  P2 entries from Mazda Motorsports, Michael Shank Racing and Tequila Patron ESM due to the incredibly smooth surface.  Times in qualifying and the race more or less backed that up.  However, Action Express Racing had strategy and skill …

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