Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Kyle Busch Returns to Championship Form, Conquers Martinsville

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Who’s in the headline – Kyle Busch went from winless at Martinsville to a two-time winner in one weekend. He dominated the race, leading 352 of the race’s 500 laps. It was the most by a race winner at the short track since Bobby Hamilton won the event in 1998. Busch chose the inside line for …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2016 Auto Club 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? From the “where did he come from?” category, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. didn’t look like a top-5 threat this weekend…until he was.  Stenhouse qualified 15th, and ran in the top 15 for most of the day, occasionally cracking the lower half of the top 10.  He had worked his …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Austin Dillon Wins after Wild Final Lap

Surprise! Austin Dillon claimed his first XFINITY Series victory of 2016 in the Treatmyclot.com 300 by Janssen at Auto Club Speedway. Dillon led only the last lap, beating Kyle Busch to the checkered flag after an unbelievable turn of events on the final lap. Busch was once again the most dominant driver of the day, …

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Austin Dillon Stretches Fuel For TreatMyClot.com 300 Victory

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Coming to the white flag of Saturday’s TreatMyClot.com 300 by Janssen at Auto Club Speedway, a familiar narrative appeared to be unfolding. Kyle Busch had just led his 133rd lap of the 150-lap event, and appeared to be cruising to his fourth win in as many attempts in 2016. Then, bedlam. Four turns later, seemingly …

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Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon Fastest in Friday XFINITY Auto Club Practices

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Kyle Busch continues his domination of the XFINITY Series by being fastest in the first practice session by half a second over the rest of the field. Meanwhile, Austin Dillon was fastest in the second practice session, but Busch’s presence was still felt. Practice 1 Busch’s second lap of his 23 ran in this session …

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Austin Dillon Fastest In Friday Cup Practice at Auto Club Speedway

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A mix of qualifying and race practice runs led to a rather different from the norm leaderboard in the Sprint Cup Series’ only practice session before qualifying. Leading the pack was Austin Dillon with a speed of 188.511 mph. In his third full time season, the driver of the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet is on track …

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The 10: The Great Tie of Arizona

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Well, this is a first. Sunday’s Good Sam 500(k) marked the second photo finish in four races to start 2016, with Kevin Harvick just edging out Carl Edwards to stay atop the throne as the king of Phoenix International Raceway. Not one to be outdone, our list of Power Rankings voters somehow managed an even …

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The Frontstretch Five: Feel Good Stories So Far In NASCAR 2016

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Finishes like this one: … and this one: No, they won’t all be like that, but these finishes were pretty spectacular, and the racing through the field hasn’t been too shabby either, with the exception of Daytona. Maybe someday, FOX will see fit to show that part to fans at home… 2. A few new …

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Five Points to Ponder: Status Quo and Strong Starts

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Dillon’s Strong Start It has been a great first four races for Austin Dillon in his third full year of top-echelon competition. To date, Dillon has secured a ninth-place finish in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, an 11th-place run at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his first top 5 of the year (fifth place) at Las Vegas …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Kevin Harvick Beats His Way to Eighth Career Phoenix Victory

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Who’s in the headline – There are two things in life that are certain: death and taxes. Closely behind that is Kevin Harvick winning at Phoenix International Raceway. For the eighth time in his career and the sixth time in the last eight races, Harvick was the first car under the checkered flag. What happened – …

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Pace Laps: Young and Hungry Rookies, Mikhail Aleshin Impresses & K&N Pro Series Action

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Sprint Cup: Young & Hungry – We are starting to witness a pattern in the Sprint Cup Series: The young drivers are here to race. The three men in particular are Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney as each of them scored a top-10 result Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. If Sunday was your first …

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Four Burning Questions: What Kind of Phoenix Weather Can We Expect on Sunday?

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WILL A ONE-OFF CREW CHIEF SWAP IMPACT RACE DAY FOR MARTIN TRUEX, JR.? Following a sly appealing move by the Furniture Row Racing team this past week – appealing the roof flap penalty from NASCAR that would have otherwise suspended crew chief Cole Pearn for the Las Vegas weekend – the penalty will now be …

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