Race Weekend Central

Daniel Suarez Leads the Way in XFINITY Practice at Bristol

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Like most weeks in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Joe Gibbs Racing led the way in opening practice Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway. This time it was Daniel Suarez who paced the session at 126.046 mph, a day after leading 77 laps in the Camping World Truck Series race. Earlier this season Suarez placed sixth in the …

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Cale Yarborough to Drive Pace Car at Darlington

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Next month, Darlington Raceway will continue its tradition of a throwback weekend with old paint schemes and familiar faces. This time, 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Cale Yarborough will pace the field prior to the green flag. Yarborough, 77, is a native of Timmonsville, S.C., 20 minutes outside of Darlington. The five-time Southern 500 winner is …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Rookies & Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

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As the last Sprint Cup off week has come and gone, everything remains the same in the top division. A few rookies are on the cusp of winning, as well as making the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The one and only rookie to make the Chase was Denny Hamlin, one decade ago. This rookie …

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Rookie William Byron Competing for Wins on the Track and in the Classroom

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Prior to entering his rookie season with Kyle Busch Motorsports, William Byron had one expectation — winning. Being a rookie in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, many things are new to Byron. Week-in and week-out, the 18-year-old is traveling across America, something he had done previously in the K&N Pro East Series, but not …

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Barney Visser Expects to Have Erik Jones for Just 1 Season

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Last Sunday at Watkins Glen International, Furniture Row Racing announced that Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Erik Jones would be racing full-time for the team next season in the Sprint Cup Series. But for how long? Barney Visser, owner of Furniture Row Racing, confirmed on Wednesday evening that he is “fairly certain” that Jones will …

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Austin Cindric Adds 3 Races to Truck Season Schedule

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Coming off a victory in the NASCAR Pro Series East race at Watkins Glen International, Austin Cindric will attempt to make his 2016 Camping World Truck Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 17. Cindric, 17, was slated to compete at Dover in May, but weather moved into the area canceling qualifying, causing the …

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Kasey Kahne Frustrated, Not Giving up on 2016 Season

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When Kasey Kahne hopped over to Hendrick Motorsports at the beginning of the 2012 season, it was supposed to be a career-defining change. However, the last five seasons have been anything but perfect. Kahne, 36, is in currently his 13th full-time season. Statically, 2016 has been one of his worst seasons with few answers. Through 22 …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Upset with Brad Keselowski Over Last Lap Finish

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In the closing laps of Sunday’s Cheez-it 355 at the Glen, Martin Truex, Jr. closed the gap to a car-length in the final turn of the lap to race leader Denny Hamlin, but was spun out by Brad Keselowski, resulting in a seventh-place finish. Immediately following the event, Keselowski approached Truex on pit road admitting …

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Erik Jones Moves to the Cup Series with Furniture Row Racing in 2017

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On Sunday morning prior to the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen, the worst kept secret in the NASCAR garage was finally announced: Erik Jones will jump into a second Furniture Row Racing Toyota beginning in 2017. Jones, 20, will drive the No. 77 5-Hour Energy Toyota, teaming with Martin Truex, Jr. The Joe Gibbs Racing development …

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Daniel Suarez Posts First Top-10 Finish on a Road Course at Watkins Glen

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While Joey Logano dominated the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International, leading 67 laps en route to his second victory in as many seasons at the track, Daniel Suarez was the best of the rest in terms of the XFINITY Series drivers. Suarez paced the field for six circuits, the most of any other driver …

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Pocono Win Has Yet to Sink in for Chris Buescher

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Four days following Chris Buescher‘s rain-shortened victory at Pocono Raceway, he took to the twist and turns of Watkins Glen International for the first laps since his triumph on Monday. Leading 12 laps at Pocono, the only laps the No. 34 car has been out front this season, Buescher upset a lot of teams chances of …

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