Race Weekend Central

2-Headed Monster: Could Chase Elliott Win the Sprint Cup in His Rookie Year?

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Chase Elliott racked up yet another top 5 on this past Sunday. That’s a statement you’d expect to hear about Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch or Joey Logano. Perhaps Martin Truex Jr. even. But a rookie like Elliott? Not even the most bullish Hendrick Motorsports fan would have expected to say that this early in the season. After …

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NASCAR Officials Experience Travel Woes on the Way to Texas

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The Camping World Truck Series made a last-minute practice schedule change on Thursday due to NASCAR officials experiencing travel issues on the way to Texas Motor Speedway. One of three scheduled practice sessions is cancelled due to the traveling misfortunes, which NASCAR called as a mechanical issues on a plane carrying “industry representatives,” according to NBC Sports. …

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Rookies and Veterans Fast in Truck Series Practices at Texas

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After having the first of three practice sessions postponed due to NASCAR officials not being on the premises, the Camping World Truck Series finally got on track Thursday evening. It was a mixture of youth and experience that laid down quick laps in each session. Matt Crafton, two time winner at Texas, led the first …

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Chip Ganassi Labels NASCAR’s Lug Nut Policy “Silly”

With the one-race suspension of team crew chief Chad Johnston, Chip Ganassi, co-owner of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates said that the “whole lug nut thing is a silly thing” while calling into SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Wednesday evening. His remarks came hours after NASCAR suspended Johnston, a veteran crew chief, for lug nuts …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Lower the Boom?

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NASCAR said that Brad Keselowski will not be further penalized for body modifications mare to the No. 2 car during a pit stop at Pocono last weekend.  Was the in-race penalty enough, or should NASCAR take further action on teams who try to alter the body to create more speed? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Stays Upbeat Despite Uneven 2016, Talks Racing Future

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Through the first half of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. sits 13th in the championship standings, just 33 points above the Chase cutoff. While earning three second-place finishes early on, over the past five races, the No. 88 team has failed to finish inside of the top 10. In 13 races, Earnhardt …

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Joe Gibbs Racing Sweeps XFINITY Series Practice Sessions at Pocono

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For the first time in XFINITY Series history, race cars logged laps on Pocono Raceway. Joe Gibbs Racing led the way, topping the charts in both practice sessions on Thursday. Practice One:  Defending Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch led the opening practice at 170.171 mph, over a tenth of a second faster than his closest competition, …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: The Little Teams That Could

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There is nothing quite like that Cinderella story in sports. Think of the NCAA Tournament and all of the upsets that have happened over it’s 78-year span, with 15-seeds beating 2-seeds, 14-seeds over 3-seeds and the always anticipated 12 vs. 5 match-up. This season, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series could face a similar situation. The …

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Friday Faceoff: What Should NASCAR Change About the All-Star Race?

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The All-Star Race was met with mixed reactions. Should NASCAR try the same format next season or opt for one that’s easier to understand? Dustin Albino, Contributor: The concept was good, but the execution was awful. If it weren’t for Jamie McMurray cutting his tire causing a caution, I don’t think we would be having …

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XFINITY Series Regulars Sweep Practice Sessions at Charlotte

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An XFINITY Series regular paced each practice session Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300. It was a welcome boost for a division that has dealt with its share of Cup interlopers this season. In practice one, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas took center stage. Erik Jones, a two-time winner this season and the …

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NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program Hosting First Annual Pit Crew Combine

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NASCAR’s Drive For Diversity is expanding to include a new element of series competition: pit road. On May 27 and 28, the program will hold its first pit crew combine to try and develop talented minority men & women into future crew members within the sport. 17 participants from around the globe will try out …

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Kurt Busch Paces Opening Coca-Cola 600 Practice

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Kurt Busch led the only Coca-Cola 600 practice prior to qualifying Thursday evening for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, posting a speed of 192.843 mph. Though he was two mph slower than last year’s pole speed, the 2010 Coca-Cola 600 winner was over two-tenths of a second faster than the second-quickest driver, Jimmie Johnson. He only circuited …

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