Race Weekend Central

Jimmie Johnson Goes to Backup Car After Practice Crash

Jimmie Johnson

(Photo: Zach Catanzaresi)

A largely unpredictable race on the newly-repaved Kentucky Speedway just became even less predictable for Jimmie Johnson. The six-time Sprint Cup Series champion will be forced to a backup car after crashing his primary machine in second practice for Saturday’s Quaker State 400. Running his 17th lap of the session, Johnson lost control of his …

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Eddie MacDonald to Make 2016 Debut at New Hampshire

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Eddie MacDonald will pilot the No. 32 Ford for his third career Sprint Cup Series start for Go FAS Racing next weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Both of his previous two Cup Series races came in Loudon, while driving for Go FAS Racing. In 2014, he started from 40th position and finished in 35th, both …

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Brad Keselowski Analyzes Truck Team, Caution Clock

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Shortly before the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series geared up for the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225, Brad Keselowski took some time in the media center to address his winless Brad Keselowski Racing team’s season. A basic summary: There’s room for improvement, but the team’s doing just fine. “I think we have two drivers over there that …

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Carl Edwards Paces Lone Thursday Cup Practice

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(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Carl Edwards has been among the most vocal in the NASCAR garage about encouraging downforce reductions, and after Thursday’s practice at Kentucky Speedway, he may have good reason for it, too. Edwards led the way in a Toyota-dominated opening Sprint Cup Series practice for Saturday’s Quaker State 400, with a quick time of 28.962 seconds on …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. Fined $15,000 for ‘Muppets’ Tweet

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Darrell Wallace, Jr. spoke his mind on Friday, and for that, he was fined Wednesday. NASCAR docked Wallace $15,000 for calling NASCAR officials “Muppets” on Twitter following the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway on July 1. The tweet was in reference to the timing of the final caution flag of the race, …

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Coke Zero 400 Scores Race’s Highest TV Rating Since 2011

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona scored a 3.4-Nielsen rating, according to Sports Media Watch. This rating is up 26 percent from the rain-delayed 2015 race that scored a 2.7 rating on NBC after starting nearly three hours after the scheduled start time. The second and final Daytona race of the season attracted 5.7 …

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Big One Collects Several Top Drivers at Daytona

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

  DAYTONA BEACH, Fl. – A Lap 89 crash involving 22 cars, more than half the field in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, began with Jamie McMurray getting sideways either because of something on the track or due to contact with the No. 48 car of Jimmie Johnson – neither driver was …

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Brian Scott Fastest in Friday Cup Practice At Daytona

Brian Scott

[Photo: Zach Catanzareti]

With both of Thursday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sessions all but rained out (only eight cars made it on track during the first practice before it was delayed), Friday morning’s practice became the only practice session this weekend at Daytona International Speedway for the Cup cars. Brian Scott ended up turning the fastest lap of …

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Rain Halts Cup, XFINITY Practice Sessions in Daytona

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(Photo: Russel LaBounty/NKP)

The on-track schedule at Daytona International Speedway was abbreviated due to rain on Thursday. Both the Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series were slated to have two one-hour practice sessions, allowing teams to prepare for their respective race. XFINITY Series: There was just 26 minutes of cars on the racetrack in the XFINITY Series, led by …

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