Race Weekend Central

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

2016 Kentucky Cup Pack Racing Sunset Russell Labounty Nkp

(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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Tequila Patron ESM on Watkins Glen Pole

If you look solely at the results sheet, it would tell you that Tequila Patron ESM has dominated the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.  Two endurance races, two overall victories.  Round No. 3 is off to a great start so far. On Saturday afternoon, Tequila Patron ESM’s Johannes van Overbeek qualified his No. 2 …

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Derani Fastest in WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Happy Hour

Saturday morning dawned relatively cool and sunny.  However, the winds were kicking as well.  Prime conditions to put down your best possible laps prior to qualifying. Mazda Motorsports came to play in the morningtime.  Spencer Pigot set an excellent time of 96.314 seconds early on to put his No. 55 on top of the charts with …

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MSR Tops WeatherTech Practice 2, Larry DeGeorge Crashes Hard

2016 Watkins Glen Iwsc Larry Degeorge Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

After some early afternoon rain showers took some of the rubber off the track, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship ventured out onto the 3.4-mile long course at Watkins Glen for one more hour of practice. Unlike the first session, this one was not clean.  Just past the halfway point of the session, Dream Racing‘s Larry DeGeorge appeared …

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Oswaldo Negri, Jr. Fastest in Opening WeatherTech Practice

2016 Watkins Glen Iwsc Ozz Negri Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

For the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams, the brand-new pavement on the 3.4-mile road course was not that much of a mystery.  Many of the teams participated in an open test just a couple of weeks ago, but that was under somewhat more controlled conditions.  However, even with the new pavement, not a whole lot …

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