Race Weekend Central

Jimmie Johnson Wins Happy Hour in Richmond

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Jimmie Johnson led the way in final practice for Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. In a session that saw all 40 cars take times on the 0.75-mile track, Johnson trumped them all with a lap time of 22.342 seconds [120.849 mph]. A mere 0.042 behind the six-time champion was Hendrick Motorsports teammate …

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Sprint Cup Qualifying Rained Out, Kevin Harvick on Pole

Kevin Harvock waits to climb into his No. 4 Jimmy Johns Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway

Due to inclement weather throughout Friday at Richmond International Raceway, qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series has been cancelled, putting Kevin Harvick on pole for Sunday. Leading the way in the one and only Friday practice session, Harvick will in return led the field to green per the rulebook for the Toyota Owners 400. “We …

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Patrick Carpentier to Return to Sprint Cup with Go FAS Racing

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Patrick Carpentier will return to Sprint Cup Series competition this season at Sonoma Raceway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Go FAS Racing and its  No. 32 Ford. The 44-year-old Canadian last made a Sprint Cup start in 2011 at Kansas Speedway, finishing 30th for Frank Stoddard. “Even if I say that I’m retired, I could not …

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Kevin Harvick Fastest As Practice Prematurely Ends At Richmond

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Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the lone practice session at Richmond International Raceway on Friday after practice was shortened due to rain with a lap at 20.919 seconds (129.089 mph). Rain was close during most of the practice session but didn’t actually hit the track until 62 minutes into the 85 minute practice session. …

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Clint Bowyer: “You’ll See Better Runs Coming from Tony Stewart”

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Though Clint Bowyer is still 10 months shy of his name being on the door of the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevrolet for 2017, he is already looking after Tony Stewart and his future team. After missing the opening eight rounds of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season due to a January back injury, Stewart will …

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NASCAR CEO Brian France Addresses Many Topics in Associated Press Meeting

2014 Daytona Sprint Cup Brian France Press Conference Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

On Thursday, NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France spent the day in New York City meeting with members of The Associated Press at the yearly ASPE Commissioner Meeting. At the gathering, France represented NASCAR and answered many questions regarding the future of the sport, as well as his controversial comments defending Republican Candidate Donald Trump. …

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Tony Stewart Fined by NASCAR For Criticism of Lug Nut Rule

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On the day that Tony Stewart announced he would return to NASCAR, he was fined $35,000 for violating guidelines in the Sprint Cup Series Rule Book. On Wednesday, at a sponsorship appearance, Stewart criticized NASCAR’s 2015 rule change allowing teams to put less than five lug nuts on tires during pit stops, a change that …

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Tony Stewart to Return at Richmond

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

It’s official: Tony Stewart is back. The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, currently in his final season as a full-time driver before retirement, will return to the seat of his No. 14 for Stewart-Haas Racing for the first time in 2016 after a back injury sustained before the season began knocked him out of …

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Carl Edwards Warned Following Bristol Victory

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For the third week in a row, the race-winning team in the Sprint Cup Series received a warning for an infraction that occurred during the weekend. Carl Edwards’ No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team was warned for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice. The warning was his third of the season and with one more the team will …

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Entry List: Toyota Owners 400

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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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Carl Edwards Dominates Toward Wild Bristol Win

2016 Bristol I Cup Carl Edwards Car Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson)

While the race shuffled, spread and scrambled behind him, Carl Edwards drove to victory from the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading 276 of 500 laps in the Food City 500. For Edwards, the win is the first of his 2016 season and fourth at Bristol. “There was so many different things happening out there, …

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