Race Weekend Central

Up To Speed: Erik Jones Deserves Praise for Kansas Weekend Despite Disappointing Finish

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Sometimes it’s not your weekend… even when it looks like it will be. The weekend at Kansas Speedway was supposed to be huge for Erik Jones, who would be making his official NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the No. 18 Toyota, filling in for Kyle Busch who was injured in an Xfinity Series race earlier this season …

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2015 SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Creating Special Memories for 1 Young Fan; Squidward Voice Actor in Attendance at Kansas

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There seems to be some mixed opinions on the name of this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race: the SpongeBob SquarePants 400. Kansas Speedway bears the name of a popular sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea, promoting the upcoming film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Some fans thinks it’s corny …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2015 Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas

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In a Nutshell: Matt Crafton survived a late-race fuel mileage fight with the leaders, including dominant driver of the day Erik Jones. Jones headed to pit road with only five laps to go after leading a total of 151 laps. Tyler Reddick initially inherited the lead, but ran out of gas a couple of laps …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 after the 2015 GEICO 500 at Talladega

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Man, Talladega is a doozy, huh? Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s first victory of the season – and first at Talladega in 11 years – was great for the sport and meant, for a moment, that all was right in the racing world. However, the monster that is ‘Dega was also very unkind to several other drivers …

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Up To Speed: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Brutal Honesty Following Talladega Victory

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. There was a time when that phrase would have been nearly an afterthought, almost a foregone conclusion; a “been-there-done-that” acknowledgement from the racing world. Earnhardt’s win on Sunday was his sixth victory at the 2.66-mile racetrack and 24th of his career, but his first since 2004. His …

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Up To Speed: Kurt Busch Success Bad For the Sport?

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Kurt Busch’s win at Richmond came with a lot of, well… baggage. You see, Busch isn’t necessarily the most popular person outside of NASCAR. Following domestic abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, Busch was suspended for the first three weeks of the season after a family court in Delaware ruled it was “more likely than …

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Up To Speed: Despite Long Day, NASCAR Got This One Right

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Who knew Bristol was an endurance race? Oh, sure, the ability to endure is something that drivers have to be able to do in order to win the race, but endurance racing is something totally different. Those long races are better served for series that have multiple drivers for each race, times carved out, and, oh …

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Up To Speed: Kevin Harvick vs. Joey Logano, Round 2… Or Not

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The last time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was in Texas, the post-race conversation was all about temper tantrums and post-race pit road brawls. Brad Keselowski vs. Jeff Gordon is one of the most recognizable stories from 2014. And as the laps wound down during Saturday night’s event, I thought it would be the same …

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Up To Speed: Denny Hamlin’s Win a Bright Spot During Challenging Times for JGR

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For Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs Racing, 2014 was a mixed bag. The organization only won two races all year and Hamlin won one of those. Kyle Busch the other. The peculiarity of Hamlin’s season was the he was one of the four drivers in contention for the championship at the final race of the season. Using consistency, he …

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Kyle Larson Faints in Martinsville, Awaiting Final Evaluation from Neurologist

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Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing, was taken to Martinsville Memorial Hospital on Saturday afternoon after fainting during an autograph session at Martinsville Speedway, according to FOX Sports’ Alan Cavanna. Larson was awake and alert on the way to the hospital. Late Saturday night, the team released this statement: …

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Up to Speed: The Legitimacy of Debris Cautions

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I have to admit, I’m not big on conspiracy theories. I absolutely hate listening to people who leap past any sort of logical explanation or coincidental considerations and jump straight to the cries of “it was all fixed,” or claiming there was some sort of behind-the-scenes shenanigans going on. Not just in NASCAR, but anywhere. …

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Up to Speed: Kurt Busch Returns To NASCAR With Strong Run… And Strong Words

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When it rains, it pours. And yet, the sun still seems to find its way back out. Kurt Busch’s 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut wasn’t supposed to be storybook. He wasn’t supposed to make an entrance, turn heads or make a statement. He was simply supposed to show up, race on and allow the …

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