Race Weekend Central

Eyes on XFINITY: The Return of Roush Fenway Racing

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They’re back. Coming off a disappointing 2016, Roush Fenway Racing has seemed to have turned the corner in both its XFINITY and Cup Series programs. Through the first five events in both divisions, the cars have been quicker and better-handling, allowing for the drivers to get all they can, finally putting up some respectable results. The …

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Pace Laps: Dave Steele Killed at Desoto Speedway, Comebacks Galore in the Cup Series and Kyle Larson’s Winning Ways

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

Short Tracks: Dave Steele Succumbs to Injuries at Desoto Speedway – In a reminder that there is inherent danger in all forms of racing, USAC and open wheel superstar Dave Steele passed away from injuries sustained in a crash at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida. Steele was competing in a Southern Sprintcar Shootout Series race at …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Larson Edges to the Lead Late at Fontana

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(Photo: Anthony Lumbis Sr.)

Native to California, Kyle Larson always steps up his game going back home to Auto Club Speedway. On Saturday, he paced the field for 20 circuits en route to his victory, the first time he’s ever won at the same track twice. Late in the race Larson had fresher tires than Joey Logano, catching him …

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Eyes on XFINITY: NASCAR, Please Come Up With Another Solution

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Coming on the heels of NASCAR’s new renovation taking place at Phoenix International Raceway, the sanctioning body has confirmed that the series is looking to add restrictor plates to the XFINITY Series event held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 22. The main reason for the drastic change is simply because NASCAR officials were satisfied with an …

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Pace Laps: Pair of Winless Streaks Snapped by Ryan Newman and Justin Allgaier in the Desert, Along with Sebring Chaos

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Ryan Newman Snaps Personal and RCR Winless Streak – Ryan Newman might just be the epitome of the phrase “where did he come from” for the past ten years. In four of his last six victories, the “rocket man” led 12 or less laps on his way to victory. Three of …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Matt Crafton Embracing Mentor Role at ThorSport Racing

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Matt Crafton has seen talent come and go during his career in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series — and he’s seen others go on to achieve their ultimate goal of moving to the Cup Series. This year, 2017, marks Crafton’s 17th consecutive full-time season in the Truck Series, 16 of which have been with ThorSport …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Brennan Poole & DC Solar a Perfect Match

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Sept. 19, 2014, was one of the most pivotal days in the young racing career of Brennan Poole. Competing part-time for Bill Venturini, Poole went into his last race of the season needing a miracle to happen in order for him to prove his talent. Starting eighth, he quickly made his way to the front, leading 27 …

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Pace Laps: Swings Galore at Las Vegas and Joey Logano’s XFINITY Dominance

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: You can say Kyle Busch put the “swing” in the West Coast Swing – After Joey Logano made contact with Kyle Busch coming to the checkered flag in Turn 4, Busch went after his former teammate on pit road, leading to punches and a bloody forehead for Busch. “There wasn’t much talking, …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Joey Logano Dominates Final Segment, Wins in First Start at Las Vegas

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Prior to Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300, Joey Logano had never competed in an XFINITY Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It took the No. 12 car until the beginning of the final stage to lead a lap, never looking back. Logano led 105 of the final 110 circuits, only surrendering the lead during a …

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Friday Faceoff: Is NASCAR Letting Cheaters Prosper?

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AJ Allmendinger was hit hard with penalties from having three loose lug nuts in Atlanta, with a loss of 35 points, fines, and a three-race suspension for crew chief Randall Burnett.  Too much or in line? Frank Velat, Staff Writer: It’s spelled out very clearly what will happen when lug nut violations are discovered. Whether …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Jeremy Clements Trying to Compete with NASCAR Elites

21. That’s the number of cars on the grid in the season-opening XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway that were part of a Cup Series organization, or affiliated with a top-tier team. Many smaller organizations within the XFINITY Series garage are struggling for sponsorship, struggling to stay competitive with the elite teams in NASCAR. Jeremy Clements …

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Pace Laps: Harvick’s Speeding Issues, Kyle Busch Dominates XFINITY and Christopher Bell Sends a Message

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Kevin Harvick was literally too fast for Atlanta Motor Speedway – Leading 293 of 325 laps, pole-sitter Kevin Harvick looked to be home free in his second race with Ford. Lightning-fast pit stops, the top spot on every restart and playoff points in both stages. It sure was a perfect day …

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