Race Weekend Central

Ryan Blaney Fastest in Final Cup Practice at Bristol Motor Speedway

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Wood Brothers Racing’s Ryan Blaney set the fastest lap in the final NASCAR Cup Series practice session at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. The No. 21 Ford driver put in 46 laps with a fastest time of 14.926 seconds at 128.554 mph, 0.057 of a second faster than runner-up Kyle Larson (128.065mph). Larson led the …

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Kyle Busch Sets Track Record to Win UNOH 200 Pole


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Kyle Busch took pole position for Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, his 18th career NCWTS pole. The final, five minute session – consisting of the 12 fastest drivers on track – was led by Busch, who finished fastest with a time of 14.827 seconds (129.413 mph).  Even though Busch went faster during …

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Cody Coughlin, Kyle Busch Top Bristol Truck Practices

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Cody Coughlin led the first of two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice sessions at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday (Aug. 16), while Kyle Busch led the second. Rookie Coughlin set the fastest time of the session with a lap of 14.828 seconds (129.404 mph) in the No. 13 Ride TV/JEGS Toyota.  Busch was runner-up …

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Darrell Wallace Jr.’s Michigan Truck Win Encumbered

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Darrell Wallace Jr.‘s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in the LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway last weekend (Aug. 12) has been ruled encumbered, with crew chief Shane Huffman suspended for the next Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night (Aug. 16), NASCAR announced Wednesday. According to the penalty report, …

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Friday Faceoff: How Much Is Left in Jimmie Johnson’s Tank?

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19-year-old William Byron was named to replace Kasey Kahne at Hendrick Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018. Are teams rushing youngsters through the ranks too fast in an effort not to lose them to another team, or are drivers more prepared at a younger age than in the past? Bryan Gable: William …

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William Byron Docked Points, Crew Chief Suspended After Watkins Glen Penalty

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William Byron and crew chief of the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, David Elenz, have been docked 10 driver points and 10 owner points after the Zippo 200 XFINITY Series race at Watkins Glen International this weekend. Elenz has also been fined $10,000 and suspended from the next two XFINITY Series races at Mid-Ohio and …

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William Byron To Drive No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet In 2018

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It’s official: teenager William Byron will move up to the Cup Series with Hendrick Motorsports in 2018, completing his rise from NASCAR’s Truck Series in just two seasons. Byron will drive the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet as Kasey Kahne’s replacement from 2018 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The 19-year-old will make the jump …

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Kasey Kahne Out at Hendrick Motorsports After 2017

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Kasey Kahne will leave Hendrick Motorsports in 2018 after six seasons with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team, the team announced Monday (Aug. 7). No replacement has been named for the No. 5 Chevrolet as of yet. The 37-year-old won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and has 18 MENCS wins in …

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Friday Faceoff: Beating Around the Busch

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NASCAR announced further restrictions on full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers running in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series in 2018.  Was this the right move for the sport, or is there a better alternative? Samarth Kanal: That’s the right move. It’d be nice to restrict Cup drivers’ appearances in the XFINITY and …

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The Overtime Line Now the Start/Finish Line, Beginning with Watkins Glen

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The start/finish line will now be the Overtime Line starting with the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY races at Watkins Glen International. Overtime begins if a caution is displayed before the leader of the race takes the white flag, or before the final lap has begun. Much like the 2010-15 rules, …

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Erik Jones Hit with L1 Penalty, Chris Gayle Suspended

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA USA Saturday 29 April 2017 Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, M&M's Toyota Camry Erik Jones, Furniture Row Racing, GameStop/Prey Toyota Camry World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker NKP

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Wednesday saw NASCAR release the weekly penalty report.  For Furniture Row Racing, it was not a very good report.  Erik Jones‘ No. 77 team has been assessed an L1-penalty for an infraction found in post-race inspection after Sunday’s Overton’s 400 at Pocono Raceway. The No. 77 Toyota Camry was found to have had improper arm …

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Brett Moffitt Joins BK Racing for Watkins Glen, Michigan

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BK Racing announced Wednesday (Aug. 2) that Brett Moffitt will take the wheel of the No. 83 BK Racing Toyota Camry this weekend for the NASCAR Cup I Love New York 355 at Watkins Glen International, as well as next week’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Sponsorship at Watkins Glen will be provided by …

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