Race Weekend Central

Daniel Suarez Wins XFINITY Series Pole in Championship Race

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The four XFINITY Series championship contenders won’t have to go far to battle at the front on Saturday afternoon. Daniel Suarez was the last car to go out in the final round of qualifying and jumped his No. 19 car to the top of the board. With a lap of 31.779 seconds (169.924 mph), Suarez …

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Carl Edwards: How 2011 Near-Miss Motivates Him Now

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Back in 2011, Carl Edwards got as close as you could get to winning a championship without actually taking home the title. It’s a runner-up finish he’s at peace with, a near-miss people mention all the time. This week was different. Monday evening, NBC Sports played back the 2011 Homestead-Miami Speedway event, honoring Tony Stewart …

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Matt Crafton Comes Up Short in Quest for Truck Series Championship

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Finishing second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings was not the plan for two-time champion Matt Crafton. Anger flowed within Crafton following the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the driver blasting swear words as he walked into the media center Friday evening. His short, 18-word response to an opening question during the post-race …

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Kyle Larson on Top of XFINITY Series Practice at Homestead

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Kyle Larson turned the hot lap in opening XFINITY Series practice of the weekend with a time of 32.109 seconds (168.177 mph), over a tenth of a second quicker than the second fastest lap. The driver of the No. 42 car is the defending winner of the event, dominating the event, leading 118 laps. Ryan …

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William Byron Sweeps Truck Series Practices at Homestead

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After leading the way in opening practice Friday morning, William Byron was downright dominant in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Happy Hour. Byron wound up more than a half-second quicker than the field in final practice, running a fast lap of 171.778 mph. The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver wound up running nine laps in total. …

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William Byron Tops Opening Truck Series Practice at Homestead

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A week after his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title chances ended with 12 laps to go, William Byron fought back from Phoenix disaster to lead the way in opening practice of championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Byron posted a lap early on of 31.411 seconds (171.914 mph), more than a tenth of a second quicker than …

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Erik Jones Wants Rotation in Chase Tracks, Talks Racing His Teammate for the Title

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Reporting by Zach Catanzareti & Dustin Albino Though the 2016 XFINITY Series Chase has been a relatively smooth ride for Erik Jones, he wouldn’t mind a few changes when it comes to the tracks on the schedule. Driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, the 20-year-old Jones has survived each round of eliminations in the inaugural series …

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Lack of Sponsorship Not Affecting Timothy Peters’ Championship Quest

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Heading into the final race of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Timothy Peters is the only driver among the Championship 4 who has yet to win in 2016. Which is odd, because winning is something to which the No. 17 team is accustomed. Since joining Red Horse Racing …

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Alex Bowman Wins 1st Cup Pole at Phoenix

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After announcing Friday morning that he didn’t know what 2017 had in store, Alex Bowman posted the top speed in qualifying (140.521 mph) at Phoenix International Raceway to win his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole. Bowman was among the top seven in all  three rounds of qualifying. His previous career-best start came last month …

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Anheuser-Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing Extend Partnership

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Anheuser-Busch and Stewart-Haas Racing have agreed on an extension to sponsor Kevin Harvick for the next three years. The Busch brand will be featured on Harvick’s No. 4 Ford (beginning next season) for 16 races, up from the 12 primary races this year. Thus far, the Stewart-Haas Racing team has found Victory Lane once (Bristol …

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Blake Koch in the Midst of ‘Career Changing’ Year

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When the XFINITY Series returns to action this Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, Blake Koch will begin the race somewhere he is unaccustomed to … the front. Coming off of a ninth-place finish at Kansas two weeks ago, Koch sits a career-high third in the championship standings with 500 miles remaining until the final four are …

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Gray Gaulding Attempting Sprint Cup Series Debut at Martinsville

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The Motorsports Group announced Thursday (Oct. 20) it has signed NASCAR Next alumnus Gray Gaulding to compete in three of the final five Sprint Cup races in 2016, starting at Martinsville Speedway next weekend. Gaulding, 18, has 15 starts in the top three divisions of NASCAR. He has competed in 13 Camping World Truck Series …

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