Race Weekend Central

Aric Almirola Returning to Richard Petty Motorsports at Loudon

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The name sitting on top of the No. 43 car will make the driver’s identity for the first time since Kansas Speedway. Aric Almirola will make his return to NASCAR competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. The Florida native will step behind the wheel of the No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports for …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Makes 2018 An Opportune Time for Erik Jones to Re-Join Joe Gibbs Racing?

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The start of silly season is finally here. It took long enough, didn’t it? Rumors have been all over the Internet for the past month or so, featuring headlines with dozens of scenarios that have a slight chance of taking place. Speculation has its ways, and accurate or not, it is certainly bringing attention to …

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Erik Jones to Replace Matt Kenseth, Moves to Joe Gibbs Racing Starting in 2018

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There will be a new face in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota come next year’s Daytona 500, and his name is Erik Jones. The 21-year-old Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie will return to Joe Gibbs Racing after a year of competing full-time for Furniture Row Racing. As Jones enters JGR’s Cup lineup, 2003 …

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Kyle Busch Wins the Pole for the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway

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Reigning Kentucky Speedway winner and all-time NASCAR XFINITY Series wins leader Kyle Busch will lead the field to green for the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway Friday evening. The 2009 XFINITY Series champion captured his fourth pole in five races this year, edging out Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones with a time of 29.681 …

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Jamie McMurray Sets the Pace in First MENCS Practice at Kentucky

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Jamie McMurray is taking a loving to the ever-changing Kentucky Speedway. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver took the top spot on the scoring pylon Friday morning, clocking in a time of 28.911 at 186.780 mph. McMurray enters Kentucky eighth in the series standings, earning a pair of top fives and 10 top 10s through the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Why Do NASCAR & America Go Hand-In-Hand?

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Sitting back, relaxing, baking in the sun. What’s not to love? Oh, and you get to see a pack of 40 maniacs driving at speeds upwards of 200 mph door-to-door. Yeah, that’s insanity at its finest. Or is it more insane for the tens of thousands of people in the grandstands sitting there, watching these …

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Brian Scott Returning to XFINITY Series with Richard Childress Racing

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Former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Brian Scott continuously said he would leave the door open to running a few races if an opportunity to win popped up. That chance has arrived. Scott will reunite with Richard Childress Racing for at least two NASCAR XFINITY Series events later this season. He will pilot the No. 3 …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Captures 2nd Win of 2017 at Daytona

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. did all he could to imitate his Talladega Superspeedway victory in May. Imitate he did. But this time, it was at Daytona International Speedway. The blue-soaked No. 17 Ford took the point from fellow blue oval competitor David Ragan coming to the white flag in the Coke Zero 400, to capture his second career …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Does Chase Elliott’s Contract Extension Mean for Hendrick Motorsports?

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2017 is the year of long-term contracts in NASCAR. First, it was Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano, both announcing at Daytona they would be remain with their respective teams. Then, it was Jimmie Johnson. Now, it is Chase Elliott. Clearly, team owners have not paid much attention to Major League Baseball and the National Basketball …

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Mike Joy’s Love for NASCAR on FOX Continues Well Past 17th Season In Booth

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Mike Joy knows racing like the back of his palm. His efficiency in the broadcast booth comes with the power of his deep, yet soft tone that’s captivated NASCAR fans for more than a generation now. With a mixture of Northeast American dialect and some southern terminology, Joy has built his career as one of …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 Toyota/Save Mart 350

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Who … gets the shoutout of the race? How about Dale Earnhardt Jr.? He recovered from a spin early in stage one to finish sixth, his third top 10 at Sonoma in the past four seasons. Earnhardt hasn’t loved road courses before. He even said he wanted to put some dynamite on the 12-turn road course …

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