Race Weekend Central

Kasey Kahne wins Saturday Morning Practice at Martinsville

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Zach Catanzareti

The momentum continues for Kasey Kahne. After qualifying on the front row for Sunday’s STP 500, Kahne grabbed the top time in Saturday morning practice at Martinsville Speedway. With a 19.710-second lap on the half-mile track, he bested Ryan Newman by 0.046 seconds to claim top honors. Martin Truex, Jr. was third as Brian Vickers …

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Logano Nabs Third Straight Martinsville Pole

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Skies were cloudy at Martinsville Speedway, but the rain stayed away long enough for sunshine to rain down on young Joey Logano. Logano, still winless this season for Team Penske took the pole for Sunday’s STP 500 in his No. 22 Ford. Logano led all three rounds of qualifying, posting a lap speed of 97.043 MPH to …

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Martinsville a Homecoming for Wood Brothers Racing

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Ryan Blaney isn’t from Martinsville, but it’s his team’s home track. While the Wood Brothers Racing shop is located in North Carolina now the town of Stuart, Virginia, just a few miles up the road from Martinsville Speedway, is where the long and oft-told story of the No. 21 car began.  The oldest team in the …

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Brian Vickers Tops Opening Cup Practice in Martinsville

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Zach Catanzareti

Brian Vickers topped opening practice for the Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway. Filling in for an injured Tony Stewart, Vickers ran a quick time of 19.485 seconds [97.182 mph] to edge ahead of Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano by a mere 0.019 seconds. Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson – one week removed from a …

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XXXtreme Motorsports Owner’s Attorney Looks to Drop Case Against Swan Racing

2014 Darlington Cup Parker Kligerman David Stremme Racing Credit Yvonne Leonard

(Photo: Yvonne Leonard, Frontstretch)

NBC Sports has reported that attorney Drew A. Richards, who is representing XXXtreme Motorsports owner John Cohen in a lawsuit against former Sprint Cup Series team Swan Racing, is looking to withdraw from the case as a result of Cohen’s failure to pay for case preparations. The lawsuit stems from Cohen’s failure to compensate former …

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Entry List: STP 500

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(Photo: Amy Henderson)

Following the first off-week of the season, the Sprint Cup Series returns Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Their return comes with a full 40-car field for the first time since the season opening Daytona 500. With the introduction of the new charter system before the season, NASCAR reduced the Sprint Cup field size from 43 to …

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Danica Patrick Penalized for Walking Up Track During Race

NASCAR has placed Stewart-Haas Racing driver Danica Patrick on probation and fined her $20,000 for walking onto the apron of the track during last Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway. On lap 120, Patrick was running in 19th when Kasey Kahne came down to side draft her but got closer than expected …

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Danica Patrick Facing Possible Penalty for Walking on Hot Track

Following a hard hit entering Turn 1 at Auto Club Speedway, Danica Patrick is in line for a possible penalty from NASCAR. Patrick made contact with Kasey Kahne with 80 laps remaining in the Auto Club 400 on Sunday afternoon, slamming the outside wall on the frontstretch. The impact was hard enough to send her No. …

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Jimmie Johnson Soars to 6th Fontana Victory

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Jimmie Johnson flew to victory in the Auto Club 400 after passing Kevin Harvick with two laps to go at Auto Club Speedway. Draped in Superman red, Johnson brought the Man of Steel to Victory Lane for the sixth time at Fontana and second time in the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season. “I knew we …

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