Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice? Consistency, Hello Underdogs & Quick Hits

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Did You Notice? That Richard Petty Motorsports had both drivers – Sam Hornish Jr. and Aric Almirola – finish in the top 15 in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega? For Almirola, the consistent top-20 finish is nothing new. Through 10 races in 2015, the No. 43 Ford has only one finish worse than 20th (26th at …

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Sam Hornish Jr. Gets New Crew Chief; Tommy Baldwin Back Atop Pit Box

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After scoring his first top-10 finish of the season at Talladega Superspeedway, Sam Hornish Jr. will have a new crew chief beginning with this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Richard Petty Motorsports announced today that Drew Blickensderfer has been replaced by Kevin “Bono” Manion, effective immediately. Blickensderfer has been given a different position within the organization, but …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 GEICO 500 at Talladega

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Who’s in the headline – It took 11 years but Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally won another Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega. After some spirited racing for much of the first part of the race, the last third turned into a mind-numbing parade with little to no action at all. Earnhardt pitted with a few …

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13 Teams Take Part in Test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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13 teams took part in an open test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday after several teams participated in a two-day tire test at the facility on Monday and Tuesday. The 13 teams that participated in the test included Jeff Gordon (Hendrick Motorsports), Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing), Ryan Blaney (Wood Brothers Racing), Clint Bowyer (Michael …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Food City 500 at Bristol Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) Just when you begin to wonder if the No. 48 team might just slightly be losing its edge, it bounces back to remind us that it can be better than ever. Jimmie Johnson’s second win of the Sprint Cup season Saturday night at Texas sent a not so subtle message that said, “Hey …

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Aric Almirola, Sam Hornish Jr. Running More Xfinity Races for Biagi-DenBeste

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Richard Petty Motorsports and Biagi-DenBeste Racing announced today that the two teams will continue their partnership with Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. in the Xfinity Series. The two drivers will pilot the No. 98 Ford in 10 more Xfinity races. Hornish, who returned to the Sprint Cup Series full-time this season after some time in …

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Did You Notice? Inside The Debris, Toyota Troubles & Quick Hits

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Did You Notice? The amount of cautions for debris and fluid this season? Yes, of course you have; it’s the topic of the week. But the controversial calls at the end of the Fontana race are nothing new when we look at NASCAR in 2015. Debris, competition and fluid yellows have been thrown at an alarming …

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Richard Petty Motorsports, Biagi-DenBeste Racing Continue XFINITY Partnership

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Richard Petty Motorsports and Biagi-DenBeste Motorsports have announced that the two organizations will continue their partnership in the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. The partnership began in September 2014 at Chicagoland Speedway. The partnership will continue through the 2015 season. Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish, Jr., Petty’s Cup Series drivers, will drive the No. 98 Ford …

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Eric Phillips Moves to XFINITY Series With Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015


Eric Phillips set to move up to the Xfinity Series in 2015 with Joe Gibbs Racing (Credit: Kyle Busch Motorsports)

During an interview with Sirius XM NASCAR Radio, crew chief Eric Phillips revealed that he will be moving from Kyle Busch Motorsports‘ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team to Joe Gibbs Racing‘s Xfinity Series (currently the NASCAR Nationwide Series) team in 2015. “I’m gonna be moving on, I’m gonna go to JGR at the end of the year,” Phillips …

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Richard Petty Motorsports to Move Headquarters

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Richard Petty Motorsports will make a big move very soon. The owner of the Nos. 9 and 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars, as well as the No. 43 Nationwide team,  will reportedly move its race shop at the conclusion of the 2014 season to Mooresville, N.C. Originally reported in the Charlotte Observer and confirmed …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Charlotte Chase race 5 – Wrestlemania 31

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Key Moment – On lap 328, Brian Vickers‘ No. 55 done blowed up. The cleanup from the oil laid down lasted until lap 332. Rodney Childers, crew chief for Kevin Harvick, decided to leave his driver on the track. Several other cars also stayed out, so the two-lap dash to the trophy was a battle among …

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Happiness Is… The Master Plan, Second Chances, And Boom, Drama

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Last weekend, Formula One raced at Japan’s Suzuka circuit in rather treacherous conditions.  The organizers had the opportunity to move the race’s start time up in an effort to avoid Typhoon Phanfone, but ultimately decided against doing so in effort to maximize Europe’s ability to watch the race.  That’s right; even a typhoon couldn’t put …

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