Race Weekend Central

Jimmie Johnson Leads Opening Cup Practice at Chicagoland

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(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Entering the Chase as an underdog – or at least as much of one as he’s ever been – six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has something to prove in this season’s Chase. The six-time champion took the first steps toward showing he can contend by pacing opening practice at Chicagoland Speedway. Johnson’s 29.383-second circuit …

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Spencer Gallagher Claims Chicagoland Truck Pole

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

After qualifying, Spencer Gallagher and John Wes Townley will again find themselves running alongside each other tonight after their midseason tussle at Gateway Motorsports Park. This time, with a Chase bid on the line, the two will likely need to save their fighting for another time, or at least after the race. Gallagher will lead the …

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Brandon Jones Tops XFINITY Practice at Chicagoland

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Fresh off of 150 miles in Thursday’s ARCA Racing Series race, Brandon Jones led the field in the first full practice session for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Jones’ 30.352-second lap led the way in final practice for Saturday’s Drive for Safety 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. It was an all-Jones top two, with Erik Jones ending …

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NASCAR Cancels Sprint Cup Qualifying, Field Set By Chase Standings

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(Photo: Russell Labounty/NKP)

As it turns out, scoring the most wins in the regular season can lead to more perks than just bonus points in the first round of the Chase. Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski will lead the field to green in Sunday’s Chase opening Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 after rain showers on Friday forced NASCAR …

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Rejuvenated Matt Tifft Thankful, Ready for Truck Series Return at Chicagoland

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19-20 May, 2016, Concord, North Carolina, USA Matt Tifft © 2016, Nigel Kinrade NKP

A familiar, smiling face has rejoined the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series paddock ahead of Friday’s American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, and he’s grateful for the opportunity to return. Less than three months after undergoing surgery to remove a low-grade glioma in the brain, Matt Tifft returns to action in Red Horse Racing’s No. 11 …

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Rain Halts Opening XFINITY Series Practice at Chicagoland Speedway

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

A large rain storm has stalled opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice for the final race of the regular season at Chicagoland Speedway. Series regulars got just over 20 minutes to try to dial in their cars before a large storm cell descended upon the Joliet, Illinois facility. Daniel Suarez‘s 30.475-second lap sat atop the charts …

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Friday Faceoff: How Far Is Too Far?

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(Photo: Russell Labounty/NKP)

After last weekend’s race at Richmond International Raceway, one thing on everyone’s mind was the on-track spat between Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman that continued in verbal sparring afterward.  Did either driver go too far with their actions or words? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I respect the passion from both drivers and I understand why Ryan Newman …

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The 10: Talking About Playoffs

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

“Playoffs? Don’t talk about—playoffs?! You kidding me? Playoffs?! I just hope we can win a game!” So former coach Jim Mora said when his Indianapolis Colts limped out to a 4-6 record to begin the 2001 NFL season. Unfortunately for Mora, his Colts would only win two more games that season. He was ultimately fired, and replaced by Tony …

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Indy 500 Win Not Enough for Formula One Transplant Alexander Rossi

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(Photo: Shawn Gritzmacher/IndyCar)

For most drivers, winning the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 would be a big enough moment to justify a career, let alone a rookie season. But Alexander Rossi is no typical rookie.  Rossi clutch-and-coasted his way to an improbable victory in front of over 350,000 people in his first Month of May, but the Andretti …

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How They Got Here: A Look at the 2016 Sprint Cup Chase Grid

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

After seven months of speculation, surprise winners and clinch scenarios, the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup grid has been set. And let me tell you, it’s a doozy. Coming off a fairly standard year in 2015 — or at least as “standard” of a year as you can have in the second season of …

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2016 Frontstretch Podcast- Episode 20: One Last Hurrah for the Regular Season

On this week’s podcast, special guest Tom Bowles joins hosts Matt Stallknecht and Aaron Bearden to recap a wild weekend of NASCAR racing in both Darlington and Canada, as well as look ahead to the final regular season Sprint Cup race of the season at Richmond. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a hard-hitting and in-depth …

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The 10: Top Throwbacks From Future’s Past

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(Photo: Yvonne Leonard)

Smokey Yunick’s machine struggled. Bobby Allison lost a motor. David Pearson crashed and Dale Earnhardt battled for position with… Dale Earnhardt? If taken only in fleeting glimpses, Sunday’s throwback-filled Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway may well have looked like the days of old. Liveries of stars retired or otherwise long gone filled the NASCAR Sprint …

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