Race Weekend Central

Leavine Family Racing Adds Mike Wheeler as Crew Chief

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Leavine Family Racing announced Tuesday (Nov. 27) that veteran crew chief Mike Wheeler will oversee the No. 95 Toyota Camry entry driven by Matt DiBenedetto in 2019. Wheeler has been the full-time crew chief for Denny Hamlin since 2015 and will continue to lead a Toyota team in 2019 with LFR. “We’re thrilled to have …

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The Underdog House: Wrapping Up NASCAR’s Small Teams For 2018

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Think Small If there is a lesson to be learned from the 2018 season and the underdog teams, it’s that the right combination of team and driver is everything. Perhaps the biggest example is one of a small-team driver moving into fully-funded equipment and flourishing, as Aric Almirola has when he moved from Richard Petty …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Should Homestead Forever Have the Honor of Hosting the Season Finale?

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Every season since 2002, Homestead-Miami Speedway has hosted championship weekend, providing some of the best racing on the NASCAR circuit.  Should Homestead always host the season finale or would it be better to have tracks bid to host the championship?  Is there a better track for a championship race, or is it the perfect site …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Take 2 in Texas

Richard Childress and Austin Dillon together during a NASCAR Xfinity Series race in New Hampshire (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

In what seemed inevitable since the season began, Kevin Harvick officially punched his ticket into the Championship 4 with an overtime victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ AAA Texas 500 on Sunday (Nov. 4) at Texas Motor Speedway. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Harvick joins Team Penske’s Joey Logano as drivers running for the title, ensuring …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: William Byron’s Rough Rookie Season Continues

#24: William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Liberty University, #14: Clint Bowyer, Stewart Haas Racing, Haas 30 Years Of The Vf1 And #31: Ryan Newman, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Bass Pro Shops / Cabela's Wreck Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Chase Elliott earned his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win in three weeks, and the third of his MENCS career, by taking the checkered flag at Kansas Speedway on Sunday in the Hollywood Casino 400. The Hendrick Motorsports driver held off Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson, who finished …

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Friday Faceoff: Is There Such a Thing As Home Track Advantage?

Clint Bowyer sits in the garage area at Kentucky Speedway in 2018. (Photo: NKP)

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1. Stewart-Haas Racing has put all four of its cars in Victory Lane this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Prior to this year, what was the best overall season by a multi-car team? How does that team compare to the 2018 stats put up by SHR?  Michael Massie:  Even with SHR’s dominance, …

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4 Burning Questions: Is This Not It for Regan Smith?

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How will Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus fare in their new endeavors next season? The final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season these last few years at Homestead-Miami Speedway has become a bit of a gala event on the calendar. Not only is it the day four teams have been building toward since …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Daniel Hemric Describes Ins and Outs of Dover

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It’s a fun, and entertaining (hopefully) Frontstretch Podcast this week, as the duo of Dustin Albino and Mike Neff join NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Daniel Hemric to discuss the weekend of racing at the Monster Mile — Dover International Speedway. Hemric grabbed the pole for the XFINITY race and led 23 laps en route to a Stage 2 victory. However, the No. …

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Leavine Family Racing Signs Matt DiBenedetto, Teams with Toyota For 2019

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Leavine Family Racing has a new driver for the 2019 season, and his name is Matt DiBenedetto. On top of adding the California native to its roster, the organization is making a manufacturer change to join Toyota Racing. “We’re thrilled to welcome Matt to our organization,” Bob Leavine, owner of Leavine Family Racing, said in …

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Did You Notice?: New, 2019 NASCAR Rules Package Sign of Serious Shakeup Ahead

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Did You Notice? … Stock car racing threw a grenade into the garage with its redesigned 2019 NASCAR rules package? Between the ROVAL on Sunday (Sept. 30) and a laundry list of changes announced Tuesday, this sport feels like it’s suddenly reinventing itself. Most importantly, the new package removes the words restrictor plate from the Monster …

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Underdog House: Charlotte ROVAL Put Small Teams in NASCAR Spotlight

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Think Small Road courses present a unique opportunity for underdog teams. Much in the same way as restrictor plate races, they are an equalizer in terms of minimizing the performance gap between the haves and the have nots. The absence of the cars’ dependance on aero also contributes to the parity. The previous two road …

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Up to Speed: Part-Time Pays off for Ryan Preece

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For the past several years, Ryan Preece has been forging a pathway to the national levels of NASCAR.  He demonstrated his talent in the Whelen Modified Tour, winning 12 times in 56 races from 2012-2015.  But when it came time to take on NASCAR’s XFINITY Series, Preece needed a way to increase his visibility on …

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