Race Weekend Central

Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano Fastest in Opening Cup Vegas Practice

Team Penske officially started the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend off sweeping Friday’s Cup practice. Brad Keselowski was the fastest with a speed of 195.327 mph, and Joey Logano was second with a speed of 195.263 mph. Sprint Cup teams focused primarily on qualifying trim during the session, with only Brian Scott (31st) staying out long …

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Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola Lead Thursday Las Vegas Tests

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series paced around Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday for a total of five hours to test the new aerodynamic package on a 1.5-mile speedway. In all, 38 cars hit the track, with teams whose cars number in the forties having especially good days. Session 1: Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest …

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Brian France Explains Trump Endorsement in Staff Email

2014 Daytona Sprint Cup Brian France Press Conference Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

Following his high-profile endorsement of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, NASCAR CEO Brian France sent an email to all NASCAR employees explaining his decision. In an emails obtained by Motorsport.com, France promised that NASCAR would stay “a model of a progressive organization.” The CEO and Trump have been close personal friends for more than 20 years. “I …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Penalized for 2nd Roof Flap Violation, Crew Chief Cole Pearn Suspended

One roof flap violation? Probation. A second one just a week later? Time to drop the hammer. NASCAR announced Wednesday it’s suspended Cole Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex, Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota, for a race after a violation found during pre-race inspection during the Atlanta race weekend. NASCAR officials found an issue with the roof flap, …

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Joey Gase to Compete for Go FAS Racing at Phoenix

Regular NASCAR XFINITY Series competitor Joey Gase announced today that he will make his first Sprint Cup Series start of the season next weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Gase will pilot the No. 32 car for Go FAS Racing that he previously drove in each of his eight career Sprint Cup Series starts. The 23-year-old first drove …

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NASCAR CEO Brian France, Multiple Drivers Endorse Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

2014 Daytona Sprint Cup Brian France Press Conference Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

Making an appearance prior to Super Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walked the across a stage at Valdosta State University in Georgia attempting to sway voters to support the real estate mogul. Adding a NASCAR presence to his campaign, Trump was endorsed by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. Citing that France’s “leadership and strength are …

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NASCAR Overnight Ratings Decline for Second Straight Week

For the second straight week, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series television ratings plummeted. According to Sports Media Watch, overnight ratings for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway declined approximately 27 percent from 2015. Following a recent trend of decreasing ratings, the Atlanta race, which was broadcasted on Fox, featured a record-low overnight …

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Jimmie Johnson Slides to Atlanta Win, Ties Dale Earnhardt with 76 wins

The Lowe’s Chevrolet was, like everyone else on Sunday, low on downforce in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson used the new package – as well as some crafty pit strategy – to grab the lead from Kevin Harvick to win for the first time in 2016 and fifth time …

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Kurt Busch on Pole in Atlanta, Kyle Busch Time Disallowed

UPDATE: Kyle Busch’s qualifying time was disallowed after he failed post-qualifying inspection for an issue with the rear end of the car, rewarding Kurt Busch the pole and moving everyone forward one position. The defending champion will start 40th on Sunday; no further penalties are expected. Kyle Busch captured his first career pole at the Atlanta …

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