Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Who Has Turned a Corner in 2016?

After strong performances to start the season, AJ Allmendinger is currently 12th in driver points, in position to make the Chase if he can maintain.  Is JTG Daugherty Racing poised to repeat the success of fellow single-car team Furniture Row Racing? Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: The team very well could make the Chase on consistency. …

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Erik Jones Sweeps XFINITY Series Practice Sessions in Texas

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Erik Jones swept both of the XFINITY Series practice sessions on Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway in preparation for Friday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Jones was quickest in the first of two XFINITY Series practices on Thursday in Texas at a lap of 186.968 mph. The driver of the No. 20 Toyota is the defending winner …

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Martin Truex Jr. Fastest in Opening Practice at Texas

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With just over a minute to go in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series opening practice of the weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Martin Truex, Jr. posted a lap at 192.892 mph boosting him to the top of the scoring pylon. The No. 78 car was the only Toyota in the top 10 on the speed charts …

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Gray Gaulding Signs XFINITY Series Deal with Roush Fenway Racing

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(Photo: Amy Henderson)

After speaking about how excited he was to announce his plans for 2016, Gray Gaulding has signed on to become the newest developmental driver for Roush Fenway Racing in the XFINITY Series. Gaulding is scheduled to pilot the No. 60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing in two events this season, the first coming at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. He will make his …

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Friday Faceoff: So, Who Should Have Been Fined?

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Both Kyle Busch and Cole Pearn faced penalties for post-race comments over the weekend, and Busch was ultimately fined and placed on probation for not meeting postrace media obligations. Penalties were considered but not given when Busch accused NASCAR of fixing the NXS race on his team radio while Pearn took to Twitter to sling …

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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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Kyle Busch Fined, Placed on Probation After Auto Club XFINITY Race

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

On Thursday afternoon NASCAR fined Kyle Busch $10,000 following a post-race incident at last Saturday’s XFINITY Series race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. The defending Sprint Cup Series champion was penalized for not showing up to the media center and answering his post-race obligations for the media due to his second-place finish …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Won with Movie or TV Show Sponsors

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

What’s your favorite movie? Do you like comedies, dramas, sitcoms, chick flicks? OK, not that it really matters; all movies are great. But, have you ever noticed how often a movie-sponsored racecar goes to Victory Lane in NASCAR? Whenever one is entered in the field it seems like there’s a good chance it’ll cross the finish line …

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Friday Faceoff: Good Races or Good Finishes?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

After Martin Truex, Jr. said that his team would communicate with suspended crew chief Cole Pearn via FaceTime at Phoenix International Raceway, NASCAR announced it’s looking for way to limit communication with suspended crew members.  Is this something that needs to be done, or is remote communication enough of a hindrance on its own? Mark Howell, …

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Joey Gase Running Cup at Martinsville with Go FAS Racing

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(Photo Credit: Joey Gase Racing)

Late Wednesday evening Joey Gase posted on his Facebook page that he will return to the Sprint Cup Series for Go FAS Racing at Martinsville Speedway on April 3. The Iowa native raced for the No. 32 team at Phoenix International Raceway last week, finishing 32nd. Gase is an XFINITY Series regular and currently sits 24th in …

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Harrison Burton Plans NASCAR Truck Debut at Martinsville

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Kyle Busch Motorsports announced Thursday that Harrison Burton, 15, will make his NASCAR touring series debut on Oct. 29 at Martinsville Speedway behind the wheel of the No. 18 truck. Burton is the son of 21-time Sprint Cup winner Jeff Burton and is currently running for rookie of the year honors in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. …

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