Race Weekend Central

Friday Pirelli World Challenge Lime Rock Recap

2016 Lime Rock Pwc Alvaro Parente Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

At Lime Rock Park, the action has been fast and furious all day.  Pirelli World Challenge’s GT-class saw parity with 12 drivers (including GTA-class pole sitter Martin Fuentes) all qualifying within a half-second of the pole position. It seemed like Round No. 10 for the GT and GTA-classes (Round No. 9 for GT Cup only) was going …

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Alvaro Parente and Andrew Palmer Tie for PWC Pole at Lime Rock

2016 Lime Rock Pwc Alvaro Parente Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

At Lime Rock Park, the times have been very close on the 1.474-mile circuit all day.  The top 15 drivers in GT practice were within one second of each other and qualifying took that to the next level. During the 12-minute session, K-PAX Racing‘s Alvaro Parente and Bentley Team Absolute’s Andrew Palmer set identical 51.950-second …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Confounds; ARCA’s ASN Debut Decent

2016 Charlotte All Star Cup Martin Truex Jr Denny Hamlin Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

All-Star Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway has always been interesting.  You never know what you’re going to get.  Unfortunately, Saturday brought confusion to everyone involved, even the sport’s FOX broadcast partner. Sprint Showdown/Sprint All-Star Race Holy cripes.  Saturday marked new formats for the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race. While I’m not a fan of …

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ARCA Menards 200 to be Live Streamed Sunday for Free

Grant Enfinger Daytona Arca Lucas Oil 200 2015 Mike Neff

(Credit: Mike Neff)

Frontstretch has learned that the first ASN broadcast of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway Sunday afternoon, will be live-streamed free of charge at American Sports Network’s website, http://americansportsnet.com.  In addition, the race will be available to approximately 40 million households on over-the-air television or cable via regional sports networks …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dover Throws a Curve

2016 Dover I Cup Kasey Kahne Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Greetings, race fans. This past weekend at Dover was a bit more like the Dover of elementary school for me than the Dover we’ve been used to.  I believe Sunday’s race was the third slowest 400-mile race at the one-mile oval.  The other two either had more cautions (Fall 2007) or just plain got ridiculous …

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JGR Sweeps Top 3 in Dover Sprint Cup Practice No. 2

2016 Richmond I Cup Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T Hacker/NKP)

Just after 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning Sprint Cup teams took to Dover International Speedway for 50 minutes of practice on the high-banked oval.  The fastest laps of the session were determined in the first couple of minutes, when the track was its coolest and had the most shade. Kyle Busch turned in a lap at …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX NASCAR Schedule Shifting

2016 Kansas I Cup Pack Racing Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

As much as the action this season has improved in the Sprint Cup Series, places like Kansas (and specifically, this race) are key to how the aerodynamic package performs.  So far, it’s not so hot at night but pretty good during the daytime.  Broadcasts have to adjust to that reality and step up to the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Underwhelming Info Hurts FOX in Talladega

2016 Talladega I Cup Trevor Bayne Pack Racing Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Talladega is looney tunes.  In its purest form, a race weekend at Talladega makes your stomach churn (or, it makes my stomach turn, at least).  In recent years, that really hasn’t been the case.  However, this past weekend brought it on big time, unlike any time since about 2005. GEICO 500 Sunday brought the Sprint …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Are FOX’s Poor NASCAR Ratings Fixable With Better Coverage?

2016 Richmond I Cup Regan Smith Carl Edwards Jimmie Johnson Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Welcome back.  Sunday had a great finish, eh?  Not too often that someone executes the bump n’ run on their own teammate.  I’ll fully admit that I was surprised that Carl Edwards was willing to do it. Also, there was a bit of an uproar surrounding Samantha Busch cussing at the finish after the aforementioned …

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Entry List: Toyota Owners 400

Nascar Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series makes its first visit to Richmond International Raceway for a scheduled day race since 1997 (Note: There have been multiple races run on Sunday afternoons since then, most recently last year, but they were all due to rainouts).  For this race, 41 cars have entered, meaning that someone could go …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR’s Thunder Valley Brings Thunderous FOX Dynamic

2016 Bristol I Cup Dale Eanrhardt Jr Car John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harelson/NKP)

Well, last weekend was quite interesting.  I noted on Twitter that the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series races were the races where the officials affected the race the least.  Pirelli World Challenge and the World Endurance Championship saw the winner get stripped of their trophy afterwards.  The Verizon IndyCar Series muffed a penalty call that …

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Taylor Brothers Defend IMSA Long Beach Victory

2016 Daytona Iwsc Jordan Taylor Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday evening, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Prototype, Prototype Challenge and GT-Le Mans classes took to Long Beach’s 1.968 mile street course for a 100-minute duel on the streets.  While Ricky Taylor was extremely disappointed on missing out on pole Friday, he more than made up for it on the start. As soon as …

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