Race Weekend Central

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2016 Good Sam 500

2016 Phoenix I Cup Kevin Harvick Team Celebration Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Racing at NASCAR’s highest level takes both talent and equipment.  A good driver in a not-so-good car will generally struggle, and that’s something a lot of drivers face every week, even those who race for the sport’s best-funded teams fight their equipment at times. One test of a …

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Schulter-Systems to Sponsor Matt DiBenedetto at Phoenix

2015 Matt Dibenedetto Bank Of America 500 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

BK Racing has announced a brand new sponsor for Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 83 Toyota. Schluter-Systems, a new sponsor to NASCAR, will be on the car at Phoenix Raceway this weekend. Schluter-Systems is a company that specializes in installation of ceramic and stone tiles. It currently has three offices in North America and over 400 …

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Denny Hamlin Wins in Closest Finish in Daytona 500 History

Daytona International Speedway has never been higher. And during Sunday’s 58th Daytona 500, it’s never been closer as Denny Hamlin gave a last-lap bump to Matt Kenseth in turn 4 before edging Martin Truex, Jr. to the line to win his first Daytona 500. “It’s the pinnacle of my career, for sure,” Hamlin said. “Toyota, it’s …

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BK Racing Rises As Daytona’s Underdog Story

Four years ago, BK Racing came to Daytona as a two-car team that struggled to get out of its own way. It ran a total of nine laps in the Duels (combined), made the race through provisionals and then promptly struggled to hang onto the lead draft. A comedy of errors on pit road and …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2016 Can-Am Duels at Daytona

Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Duel 1: Sure, he’s running for the team who took the big teams to school in the Daytona 500 in 2011, but Ryan Blaney only has a handful of Cup races under his belt, and he’s been impressive in most of them.  Despite making two pit stops in his …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2016 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Who’s in the headline – After being involved in an early caution Denny Hamlin played pit strategy to get to the front of the pack and stretched his fuel to the end of a green-white-checkered finish to take his third Sprint Unlimited victory. The vast majority of cars had damage during the evening but Hamlin’s …

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Friday Faceoff: Did NASCAR Add Too Many Gimmicks?

2015 Martinsville I Cup Tony Stewart Racingcredit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson)

NASCAR announced several changes last week, including a caution clock in the Truck Series. Is this going to change anything in terms of what fans see on track and/or for race teams? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: The caution clock was a gut shot to me when I first heard it. I don’t mind the Chase in …

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David Ragan, Matt DiBenedetto to Drive for BK Racing in 2016

2015 Matt Dibenedetto Bank Of America 500 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Following his first full-time season in NASCAR’s premier division, Matt DiBenedetto will be back with BK Racing in 2016. Returning to the wheel of the No. 83 Toyota Camry, the 24-year-old will be paired with crew chief Gene Nead, who sat atop the pit box for DiBenedetto for eight races last year. Along with the …

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Friday Faceoff: How Many More Wins for Jimmie Johnson?

2015 Texas Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Trophy Cia

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Jimmie Johnson will become the active win leader after Homestead-Miami Speedway (and a certain champion’s retirement) with 75.  Can Johnson surpass Jeff Gordon‘s 93 Cup wins for third all-time?  Where should we expect him to end up for a career total? Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: That will depend on how long Johnson chooses to …

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Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth Among Drivers and Teams Penalized After Bristol

Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin compare notes before the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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NASCAR issued warnings to 11 teams following the 2015 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth will lose 15 minutes of practice time for next Sunday’s race due to multiple infractions during inspection. Busch’s team failed pre-race inspection four times and Kenseth’s team failed pre-race inspection …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Doesn’t Give the Heat Its Proper Due

2015 Loudon I Cup Michael Annett Car Cia

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Last weekend, the Sprint Cup and Xfinity series returned to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for 501 laps of action. High temperatures on Sunday and dew points in the low 70s created rather taxing conditions for the drivers. Later on, the weather taxed NBC Sports as well. 5-hour Energy 301 Sunday afternoon brought the Sprint Cup …

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Off the Wall With: Matt DiBenedetto

Matt Dibenedetto on track durng practice at Martinsville Speedway.

(Photo: Amy Henderson, 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 NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Matt DiBenedetto sets the record straight. What’s fun besides racing? Matt …

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