Race Weekend Central

Pace Laps: Racers Rally Around Justin Wilson


(Photo: Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

IndyCar: Racing Community Rallies in Support Following Wilson Injury – The racing community is as vast and all-encompassing as any organization in the world, but few groups are as close in times of controversy. Following Justin Wilson’s accident at Pocono Raceway, one that left him hospitalized in a coma, as announced by INDYCAR, racers worldwide …

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Nitro Shots: Short Tracks & Superspeedways?

Nhra 2015 Charlotte Pro Stock Staging Credit Toni Montgomery

(Photo: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch)

Blogger Mike Mayer published an interesting post the other day titled Is 1320 Really the Magic Number. The gist of his post was a series of ideas about how NHRA could vary the racing at different venues as NASCAR does with an assortment of short tracks, intermediates and superspeedways. On the surface, one might think, …

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Son of Top Fuel Racer Killed in Motorcycle Accident

Nhra 2015 Clay Millican Car Courtesy Nhra Media

(Photo Courtesy NHRA Media)

Dalton Millican, the 22-year-old son of NHRA Top Fuel driver Clay Millican, was killed in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident last night near the family’s hometown of Drummonds, Tennessee. Funereal arrangements are pending and will be announced once they have been finalized. “We are heartbroken by the tragic loss to our family. We appreciate all of …

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Nitro Shots: You Go, Girl! I Think…

Nhra 2015 Charlotte Courtney Force Fast Qualifier Credit Toni Montgomery

Photo Credit: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch

Nitro is in the air here in Charlotte. Well, it’s on the billboard anyway. Advertisements have gone up for the Carolina Nationals next month, and the billboard I saw features Courtney Force and her racecar. The very first impression I had was to think how great it was to see a woman on the ad …

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Pace Laps: Missing Expectations, Flying Fists, and Surprise Contenders

2015 Watkins Glen Cup Jeff Gordon Car Cia

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Sprint Cup Series: Oh, What Might Have Been… Watkins Glen is sold every year as the last regular season “wild card” race, the last place an underdog can work his way into the Chase under the right circumstances. There were high hopes entering the weekend for defending winner AJ Allmendinger, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and …

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Nitro Shots: Change is in the Air

Zmax Dragway Carolina Nationals Vincent Nobile 2014 Mike Neff 017

Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Since the tenure of new NHRA President Peter Clifford began last month, big changes have begun to roll out for NHRA with the new TV deal and most recently with the Pro Stock category rules. As previously discussed, the new television deal is a big opportunity for NHRA. Follow comment threads and social media posts …

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Pace Laps: Wild Races, Crazy Spins, and Speed Records

2015 Pocono Cup Kasey Kahne Car Cia

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Cup Series: Unexpected Wild Race at Pocono Leads to Victory for Matt Kenseth – It was quite the 400 miles at Pocono Raceway. With wrecks filling the first half of the race, the second half seemed like it would get even more wild. However, the field set a steady pace for the final 80 laps, …

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Off the Wall With: Matt Hagan

Matt Hagan before the 2014 NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at ZMax Dragway

(Photo: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch)

Welcome to Off the Wall With, where we ask your favorite drivers five questions that are… well, off the wall! We’ll check in with a different driver each week to get a peek into life outside the racecar. This week, we’ve got NHRA Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan on the spot. What’s fun besides …

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Nitro Shots: The Pro Stock Edition

Zmax Dragway Carolina Nationals V Gaines 2014 Mike Neff 016

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Sometimes things just fall together. Pro Stock report cards were on tap for this week and to go along with it, that’s where the bulk of the news seems to be coming from too. Combine that with stealing the show in the finals last weekend at Denver, and it’s just been a Pro Stock kind …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: 5 Things INDYCAR Should Be Happy About

Indycar 2015 Iowa Hunter Reay Newgarden Karam Podium Credit Chris Jones

(Photo: Chris Jones)

Time just flies by when you’re having fun and on that note, the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season is just about to enter its final month. There are still three races to go so lots of racing and a championship to decide, but already there are some things that the folks at INDYCAR can look …

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Pace Laps: Excellent Xfinity Finish, NHRA Burn Down, Fantastic Ferrari & More

Kyle Busch Indianapolis Xfinity 2015 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Sprint Cup Series: From Sidelines Back To Superstar – Kyle Busch‘s battle back from injury has been well documented. So has his return to Victory Lane, three times in the last four weeks entering Indianapolis. But Busch’s Brickyard 400 triumph Sunday, the first for Toyota at the esteemed 2.5-mile oval simply took his comeback to another …

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