Race Weekend Central

Couch Potato Tuesday: Martinsville Serves as Showcase for FOX Sports 1

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(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

Last weekend saw the Sprint Cup Series compete in the first of what will be seven point races (plus the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race) on FOX Sports 1. It’s a pretty big deal. Last week, I noted that I would cover the Verizon IndyCar Series opener here in Couch Potato Tuesday as well. …

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Kurt Busch Fastest in Final 2015 STP 500 Practice at Martinsville

2015 Martinsville I CUP Kurt Busch car garage credit Amy Henderson

Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kurt Busch was fastest in the final 50-minute practice session for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Busch, the defending winner of the race, ended the session with a fast time of 19.502 seconds. Runner up in this race one year ago, Jimmie Johnson was second in practice with a 19.560-second lap time. …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Drive4Clots.com 300 at Fontana

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He really is happy. Happy go-lucky is probably the perfect way to put it. Kevin Harvick entered the Drive4Clots.com 400 with four runner-up finishes in 18 starts at Auto Club Speedway. However, Saturday was the day that he won his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race at his home track. Taking the lead for the first …

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Joey Logano Paces 1st 2015 Axalta 200 Practice at Phoenix

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

It’s a “fast Friday” indeed for Joey Logano. After leading the way during the first practice session of the afternoon in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he set the pace once again in the NASCAR Xfinity Series hour-long session at Phoenix International Raceway. The 24-year-old had a lap time of 27.338 seconds for Team Penske …

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Pace Laps: Closers, Childress, And Generation Next

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Cup: Harvick Closing The Deal – So far this season, Hendrick engines and chassis have been out front with NASCAR’s new rules changes. Jeff Gordon won the most laps at Daytona, Jimmie Johnson won Atlanta and for a time it was Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kasey Kahne running 1-2-3 in Las Vegas. For whatever reason, Stewart-Haas Racing has not experienced the same …

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Austin Dillon Dominates, Wins Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas

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Winning practice, qualifying and the race: It was that kind of weekend for Austin Dillon. The former XFINITY Series champion, running a part-time schedule for Richard Childress Racing’s No. 33, won the BOYD Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon (March 7). The win is Dillon’s third career win in the XFINITY series, …

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Austin Dillon, Brian Scott On Front Row for XFINITY Series Race

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Austin Dillon was fast in XFINITY Series practice on Friday and was even faster Saturday afternoon, as he will lead the 40 car field to the green flag for the BOYD Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He will share the front row with his Richard Childress Racing teammate Brian Scott. The first round of qualifying …

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Austin Dillon Quickest in Both XFINITY Series Practices at Las Vegas

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2013 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Austin Dillon is set to run an expanded schedule after running just one event in 2014. Running his second race of the year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he ran the fastest lap during the first practice session at 29.838 seconds (180.977 mph). Dillon has two top 10s at the 1.5-mile …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

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Who’s In The Headline – Matt Kenseth added another notch to his Daytona belt. The two-time 500 champ wrestled the lead away from Martin Truex Jr. on lap 56 and took control of NASCAR’s season-opening exhibition race, the Sprint Unlimited. Kenseth did his best rolling chicane maneuvers over the final 19 circuits of the event, successfully …

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Richard Childress Racing, Partners Ready for 2015

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So close. 2014 saw Richard Childress Racing come within a hairbreadth of winning the Sprint Cup championship with Ryan Newman despite not having won a race all year. The organization knows there is work to be done in 2015 to bring the wins, but team officials are confident that the team has the pieces in …

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