Race Weekend Central

Brennan Poole: I Want to Win Races Here and a Championship

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“We’re going to be taking pictures this weekend, man,” NASCAR XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year candidate Brennan Poole joked to a friend during Game 4 of the Charlotte Hornets playoff series against the Miami Heat. “You better come down to get a picture with me in Victory Lane.” It all seemed like a joke. His …

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2-Headed Monster: Car or Driver – Which Propelled Sam Hornish to Victory Lane in Iowa?

2016 Xfinity Iowa

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Trivia time: who won the ninth XFINITY race for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2016? No, it’s not Kyle Busch. Not Erik Jones. No to Denny Hamlin and it wasn’t Daniel Suarez. How about the one-off, hasn’t-raced-since-November Sam Hornish Jr.? That’s the one. Hornish went out and dominated the field in Iowa last Sunday, leading 183 …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Which XFINITY Series Drivers are Underrated?

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series season is well under way, and while the Sprint Cup drivers continue to dominate NASCAR’s version of Triple-A, there are some folks who are making a name for themselves. Obviously, the top-tier teams will continue to be the ones that perform the best, especially given they have the funding to compete with …

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Matt Tifft Set to Return at Daytona

2016 Nascar Camping World Truck Series, Kansas

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NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie Matt Tifft will be back on the racetrack in early July at Daytona International Speedway, according to Motorsport.com. Tifft, who turns 20 on Sunday, did not compete at Iowa Speedway due to having a procedure to reduce pain for a lower back issue. Driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, Tifft was scheduled to race at …

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William Byron Holds Off Cole Custer for Iowa Triumph

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William Byron was fired up Saturday night at Iowa Speedway. Going from fourth to first during the final restart with two laps remaining in the Speediatrics 200, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender brought home his third victory of the season for his Kyle Busch Motorsports squad. Leading a race-high 107 laps — the first …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Tyler Reddick Grateful for Opportunity with Brad Keselowski Racing

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2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski has been a supporter of the sport’s third-tier division since he became a team owner in 2008, following the footsteps of his father, Bob Keselowski. Brad Keselowski Racing is now one of the Camping World Truck Series’ strongest organizations, fielding two full-time trucks with a part-time third …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Blake Koch on Building Kaulig Racing

Blake Koch is walking around the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage on cloud nine in 2016. The 30-year-old is currently in position to make the Chase, attempting to do so in Kaulig Racing’s first year on the circuit. Kaulig Racing opened its doors during the off-season. Matt Kaulig, owner of LeafFilter Gutter Protection, opted to start …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is the Old Tony Stewart Back?

2016 Nascar Sprint Cup Series, Dover

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After an offseason injury, 2016 started out as the opposite of what Tony Stewart planned. His retirement tour didn’t begin until Richmond in late April, taking away from the hype of the three-time Sprint Cup champion’s final season. However, since Stewart came back to the No. 14 car, the swagger is still there. No, we aren’t talking …

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Decker Sisters to Attempt XFINITY Series Race at Iowa

2016 Camping World Truck Martinsville

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The Decker sisters are set to embark on the next step of their journey in NASCAR. Paige and Claire Decker will attempt to qualify for Sunday’s American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa Speedway. Both women will be competing for Obaika Racing, with elder sister Paige in the team’s No. 97 car, which is the team’s full-time car. …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Carl Edwards Emerging as a Title Favorite

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Known as one of the most athletic drivers in NASCAR, Carl Edwards walks around the Sprint Cup Series garage area with his head held high. He is in the midst of his second year with Joe Gibbs Racing, earning four triumphs through his first 50 races with the team. Edwards, 36, is also synonymous for his trademark …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Can Kurt Busch Win the Sprint Cup Series Championship?

2016 Nascar Sprint Cup Series, Pocono

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It’s been nearly 12 years since Kurt Busch won the inaugural Chase for the Sprint Cup. The November afternoon was remarkable for Busch, then 25 years old. After a tire flew off his car heading into pit road, he managed to come back to finish fifth in the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, clinching the title by a mere …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kurt Busch Turns Monster Restart Into Pocono Victory

Kurt Busch

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Who’s in the headline: Kurt Busch, and rightfully so, is the man to watch in the Sprint Cup Series after winning Sunday’s Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 from Pocono Raceway. Not only does he now have a stop in the 2016 Chase, but Busch also heads into next week’s race at Michigan International Speedway as …

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