Race Weekend Central

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

2016 Daytona Ii Cup Big One Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(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

2016 Richmond I Nxs Erik Jones Car Russell Labounty Nkp

(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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DEWALT Expands Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing Partnership

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(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Matt Kenseth and DEWALT Tools continue to expand their partnership in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as the company and Joe Gibbs Racing announced a sponsorship extension today (June 30) for 2016 and beyond. DEWALT will now adorn Kenseth’s No. 20 for four additional races in 2016 and will expand its primary sponsorship to 15 races …

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Fines, But No Suspensions for John Wes Townley, Spencer Gallagher


(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

On Wednesday, NASCAR announced only monetary fines and probation for John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher following their scuffle in the Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway last Saturday night. Townley was fined $15,000 and Gallagher $12,500 for their fight in turns 1 and 2. The skirmish occurred after the two crashed heading into …

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NASCAR Updates Provisional, Race Eligibility Procedures for Sprint Cup Series

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(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

NASCAR announced an update on Tuesday morning regarding the eligibility of open charter system teams during the Chase for the Sprint Cup. If an open team qualifies for the Chase, it will be guaranteed a starting position in every Chase race. This update comes following extensive discussion with industry stakeholders, according to NASCAR. In addition, NASCAR …

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Entry List: Coke Zero 400

The Sprint Cup Series returns to Daytona International Speedway this weekend for the annual Fourth of July celebration during the Coke Zero 400. According to the original entry list on Monday, there are 41 cars entered for the second consecutive week, meaning one will not make Saturday night’s race, barring any entry list changes. Bobby …

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Smoke Rises: Tony Stewart Wins Sonoma Thriller


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After 111 races, 84 starts, three years and multiple physical/emotional hardships, Tony Stewart is once again a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner. Stewart’s victory came at the 1.99-mile road course of Sonoma Raceway, site of two of his 48 Cup victories, after inheriting the lead with 21 laps to go due to pit strategy. Crew chief …

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