Race Weekend Central

Pace Laps: Stop & Go at Michigan, Kyle Busch is Back, Champions Prevail

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Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Sprint Cup Pace Laps: Raining On NASCAR’s Parade… But Not Kurt’s – You’ve got to feel for NASCAR, who was damned if they did and damned if they didn’t Sunday at Michigan. With a forecast that called for “pop-up showers” it was silly to postpone the Sprint Cup race until Monday; the easy decision was to …

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Nitro Shots: What Makes a Fan?

Nhra 2015 Las Vegas Force With Trophy And Car Credit Gary Nastase

(Credit: Gary Nastase)

The NHRA has been running a “Baptism By Nitro” campaign all season, encouraging fans to bring along family and friends who have never been to a race. The thinking is that once they see, hear and feel NHRA action in person they will become fans too, and it’s not a bad plan for the NHRA. …

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Pace Laps: Finally, Milestones, Big Home Track Wins & Rainy Days

2015 Pocono I Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Austin Dillon Pack Racing Cia

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

Sprint Cup Series: Fourth Time’s The Charm – Finally. Martin Truex Jr. took his next step toward title contention this season by doing what race winners do: close the deal. Three straight times, Truex had led the most laps in a Cup Series race only to come up short. At Kansas, it was pit strategy and a …

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Off the Wall With: JR Todd

J.r. Todd Zmax Dragway Carolina Nationals 2014 Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, 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, NHRA Top Fuel driver JR Todd answers our questions. What’s fun besides racing? Todd: That’s …

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Nitro Shots: Making Value Add Up For Sponsors

Nhra 2015 Pro Mod Willard Kinzer Action Courtesy Nhra Media

(Photo courtesy NHRA Media)

After touching upon the issue of television and ratings, let’s do a little math this week. First, some numbers for you to play with. The cost to run a competitive Pro Stock car, per Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman earlier this season when talking about the shortfall for defending champion Erica Enders‘s car, is $1.5-$2 …

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MAD Creative Concepts, Kalitta Motorsports Unveil JR Todd’s Crew Shirt Design for Chicago NHRA Race


(Courtesy Kalitta Motorsports)

MAD Creative Concepts has worked with Kalitta Motorsports for several years, providing the team with custom graphics, signage, vehicle wrappings and marketing materials, but has stepped up this year to the role of primary sponsor for JR Todd’s Top Fuel dragster at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Chicago in July. As part of the …

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Nitro Shots: NHRA Deserves Better from TV Partner

Nhra 2015 Topeka Richie Crampton Car Courtesy Geiger Media

Photo Courtesy: Geiger Media

Each year, the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend is the Greatest Day in Racing. Every fan knows it. You can start your day with Formula 1 and the Monaco Grand Prix, then follow that with the Indy 500 for INDYCAR and the Coca-Cola 600 for NASCAR. For the really devoted there’s a fourth event, the …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: How the 2015 Indy 500 Fared on the Crowd-o-Meter

Indycar 2015 Indy Montoya Victory Sign Credit Chris Owens

(Photo: Chris Jones/INDYCAR Media)

You could maybe make an argument that social media reflects mainly the opinion of the squeaky wheels and in some cases this could be true. People are more apt to go online to post a bad review than a good one. There are some exceptions to this though I think, and a huge event like …

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Pace Laps: The Greatest Day In Racing

Indycar 2015 Indy Charlie Kimball Credit Shawn Gritzmacher

(Photo: Shawn Grtitzmacher)

IndyCar: Charlie Kimball Shows His Worth – Going into the 99th Indianapolis 500, all eyes were on Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) to compete for the win. While Penske ultimately got the upper hand in the battle, one CGR driver came out smiling. Charlie Kimball entered Sunday’s running of “The Greatest Spectacle in …

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Off the Wall With: Spencer Massey

Nhra 2015 Spencer Massey Car Shot Courtesy Nhra Media

(Photo courtesy NHRA Media)

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 Top Fuel driver Spencer Massey on the hot seat. What’s fun besides …

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Nitro Shots: Can’t We Work This Out?

Nhra 2015 Boosted Versus Cutty Credit Toni Montgomery

(Photo: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch)

I know I have covered the Street Outlaws ground before, but I have one more good point to make. My example might not be strictly NHRA; however, I think it still applies. Once again, the NHRA’s stance toward the show is completely understandable. Street racing, even if it is understood to be a staged portrayal, …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Roundtable Discussion of the Goings-On at Indy

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Photo Credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Matt Stallknecht: Can I just say how excited I am to be going to Indy this weekend?! Huston Ladner: I hope you’re going as a paramedic, looks like you might have work. Toni Montgomery: I’d be excited though, too. Aaron Bearden: I’m happy for you! If things don’t get worked out, the race could be tragic, though. It’s been …

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