Race Weekend Central

PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Claims 2015 Northeast Grand Prix Victory

2015 Lime Rock Tusc Colin Braun Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

Saturday afternoon brought the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s Prototype Challenge (PC) and GT-Daytona (GTD) classes to the 1.474-mile layout at Lime Rock Park for two hours and 40 minutes of racing. The first part of the race saw one team dominate each class. Neither of those teams would be anywhere near the hunt for the …

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Multimatic Claims 1-2 in GS, CJ Wilson Racing Wins ST at Lime Rock

2015 Lime Rock Ctsc Billy Johnson Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

Once the fog burned off at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge rolled off for their two-hour combined race. Multimatic Motorsports may have won the last time out at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park with Austin Cindric and Jade Buford, but their second car, the No. 15 was destroyed in a crash. …

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Stephen Simpson, Dion von Moltke Claim PC and GTD Poles at Lime Rock

2015 Lime Rock Tusc Stephen Simpson Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

With only 18 cars entered for Saturday’s Northeast Grand Prix, traffic won’t be that much of an issue for the Prototype Challenge (PC) and Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) classes. However, that doesn’t mean that grabbing the pole isn’t important. By the time the PC cars got on track, the skies were starting to cloud up. …

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Matt Bell, Chad McCumbee Claim CTSC Poles at Lime Rock

2015 Lime Rock Ctsc Chad Mccumbee Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

Saturday’s two-hour combined race for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge is looking like it could be quite the dogfight. 41 cars are scheduled to start the race and close quarters will be the name of the game. Qualifying is very important since passing can be quite difficult. In GS, the apparent goal was to …

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Plumbs Assert Themselves in GS at Lime Rock; Caymans Pace ST

2015 Imsa Ctsc Multimatic Motorsports Car Credit Ford Performance

(Photo: Ford Performance)

During the Northeast Grand Prix weekend at Lime Rock Park, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge is the primary support series. The series was originally scheduled to race in separate two-hour events, but IMSA announced last week that the field would be combined for one two-hour block, scheduled for Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Friday …

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Colin Braun, Bruno Junqueira Pace Lime Rock TUSC Practice Sessions

2015 Lime Rock Tusc Colin Braun Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

Friday morning dawned sunny, but relatively cool at Lime Rock Park. However, by the time that the Prototype Challenge and GT-Daytona teams hit the track for their first practice session, temperatures had warmed to 74 degrees with sunny skies and low humidity. Those are great conditions for fast laps, and both types of cars followed …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Doesn’t Give the Heat Its Proper Due

2015 Loudon I Cup Michael Annett Car Cia

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Last weekend, the Sprint Cup and Xfinity series returned to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for 501 laps of action. High temperatures on Sunday and dew points in the low 70s created rather taxing conditions for the drivers. Later on, the weather taxed NBC Sports as well. 5-hour Energy 301 Sunday afternoon brought the Sprint Cup …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC’s Early NASCAR Coverage Excels

Kyle Busch and Joey Logano race for position in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

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Welcome back, chaps. I had a pretty good time in Florida. Got a couple of good interviews and covered a couple of interesting races. Also, here’s an insider fact about NBC broadcasts: when they go to commercial, the feed that we saw in the Media Center constantly played the NBC chimes through the whole break. …

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Benny Gordon Pilots the Public Launch of the Performance Energy Group Race Team

Benny Gordon Daytona International Speedway

(Photo: Performance Energy Group)

Last weekend saw the public launch of Performance Energy Group (PEG), a new race team that plans to compete part-time in the Xfinity Series. This small operation determined to succeed using an old-school method, and it isn’t the first time in recent years that this method has been tried in NASCAR. Back in 2013, Swan Racing was …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Bobby Labonte on the Reality of Racing Past 50

2015 Daytona International Speedway Nscs Bobby Labonte Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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15 years ago, Bobby Labonte was on top of the world. He finished fourth in the Pennzoil 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to clinch the Sprint Cup Championship, the crown jewel of his career. At the time, there was no reason to believe that the victories wouldn’t continue to stack up and another championship was certainly in …

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Austin Dillon Crash Aftermath a True Display of NASCAR Camaraderie

2015 Daytona Ii Cup Austin Dillon Crash Out Of Car Cia

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We’re going to cut to the chase right here. The ride that Austin Dillon took into the catchfence early Monday morning at Daytona International Speedway was one of the scariest-looking crashes I’ve seen in over 25 years of either watching or being involved with the sport. There were few, if any people at the track …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona

2015 Daytona Ii Nxs Austin Dillon Victory Lane Cia

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After a somewhat shaky start to the evening due to rains delaying the start to nearly 9 p.m. and a couple of early incidents slowing the pace, the Subway Firecracker 250 settled into a very nice rhythm Saturday night. Brian Scott led early and often from the outside pole. While polesitter Daniel Suarez did lead …

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