Race Weekend Central

Underdog Ryan Ellis Set for Sprint Cup Series Debut at Phoenix

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For the first time in his NASCAR career, underdog Ryan Ellis is scheduled to compete in the Sprint Cup Series. Ellis, 25, will make his NSCS debut in the No. 33 for Circle Sport Racing in the Nov. 15 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. The Virginian announced the news on …

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Austin Dillon’s Top-5 Run Cut Short By Tire Failure at Kansas

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As this season has worn on, Austin Dillon has crept further and further ahead each week, even running in the top 10 for full races and challenging this year’s Chase contenders, including posting the second quickest time in the first practice at Kansas Speedway. Sunday, Dillon once again ran inside the top 10 for a …

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Hometown Hero Clint Bowyer Crashes Hard at Kansas Speedway

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Hometown hero Clint Bowyer came into Kansas Speedway looking to put on a thrilling race for his local fans. Instead, his car was left in pieces after a hard hit on the backstretch wall. After starting 26th, the Emporia, Kan. native had worked his way as high as 15th, but was still struggling with the handling. …

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Joey Logano Takes Controversial 2015 Hollywood Casino 400 Win in Green-White-Checkered Finish at Kansas

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For the second time this weekend, Matt Kenseth dominated, leading a race-high 153 laps, but came up short when the checkered flag flew. This time, it was Joey Logano who emerged with his second consecutive victory in the Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. Contact with Kenseth that sent him spinning on lap 264 set up …

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Jimmie Johnson Fastest in Final 2015 Hollywood Casino 400 Practice at Kansas

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Three-time Kansas Speedway winner Jimmie Johnson paced the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session before tomorrow’s race at Kansas Speedway. Johnson’s fastest lap was 28.574 sec at 188.983 mph, beating out polesitter Brad Keselowski’s lap of 188.930 mph. Keselowski was second fastest. Denny Hamlin was the fastest Toyota in third. His teammate Matt Kenseth …

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Polesitter Brad Keselowski Fastest in 1st Saturday Practice Session at Kansas

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After winning the pole on Friday, Brad Keselowski continued to show speed this weekend on Saturday at Kansas Speedway. In the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session of the day, Keselowski put up the fastest lap time of 35.035 seconds at 154.132 mph. Keselowski was followed in second by Matt Kenseth, who won at …

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Brad Keselowski Wins Pole for 2015 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas

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For just the second time this season, Brad Keselowski will lead the field to green on Sunday afternoon. With a lap of 195.503 mph, the driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford edged Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch. Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin will round out the top five. Jeff …

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Brad Keselowski Fastest in 1st 2015 Hollywood Casino 400 Practice Session at Kansas

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As the series heads into a vital race this weekend in Kansas Speedway, all the Chase drivers (except last week’s winner Joey Logano) are focused on having the best setup possible in the second race in the Contender Round. More importantly, it’s the last race in this round before Talladega Superspeedway. In the first practice …

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Martin Truex Jr. Not Worried About Being “Underdog”

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Martin Truex Jr. has found himself left out of many of this year’s Chase conversations, despite sitting third in points right now. In fact, he even tweeted about it earlier this week. Most don't see us. We're still here. #ambush #truexnation — Martin Truex Jr. (@MartinTruex_Jr) October 13, 2015 But that still doesn’t phase him. …

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NASCAR Penalizes 11 Teams After Charlotte

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NASCAR penalized 11 teams Wednesday and had one previously assessed penalty reduced by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel. On the Sprint Cup side, 10 teams were penalized, including two on multiple counts. The No. 24 team of Jeff Gordon was warned for failing pre-qualifying inspection multiple times. Kevin Harvick’s No. 4, Clint Bowyer’s No. 15, …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to Use Low Downforce Package in 2016

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NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series rules package for 2016 can be summed up in two words: low downforce. On Wednesday NASCAR announced it will utilize the package previewed in 2015 at Kentucky and Darlington speedways for every race in 2016 with the exception of the restrictor plate races at Daytona and Talladega. The package was met …

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Sonic Joins Richard Petty Motorsports and Sam Hornish Jr. for Two Races

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Fans watching or attending the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday will see a fresh look on the side of the No. 9 Ford Fusion. Richard Petty Motorsports and Sonic have partnered to sponsor Sam Hornish Jr. in two upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. The sponsor will also appear on the No. 9 Ford at …

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