Race Weekend Central

Danica Patrick Leads Stewart-Haas Racing 1-2-3-4 in Cup Happy Hour at Daytona

2015 Daytona Ii Cup Kurt Busch Kasey Kahne Danica Patrick Racing Cia

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The final practice session of the day at Daytona International Speedway was far calmer than the first. There was still some drafting on-track, but it was mainly of the single-file variety. In addition, a group of drivers focused their on-track time on single-car runs. In the draft, Hendrick Motorsports’ engine program showed its strength. Cars …

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Toyotas Top Both 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Practices at Sonoma

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Friday afternoon saw the 44 cars entered in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 take to the 1.99-mile road course to dial their cars in. With more combined practice time than the race is likely to last Sunday, teams had plenty of time to get an idea of where they needed to be. With the long practices, …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Catching Up with Brendan Gaughan

2015 Pocono Cup Brendan Gaughan Name Above Door Credit Anthony Lumbis Sr.

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Note: Brendan Gaughan wrote a driver diary for us in 2013 and 2014. It was my monthly task to corral the Las Vegas native for each piece, which often included one of his wild and crazy desert racing stories. I caught up with Gaughan in his Richard Childress Racing hauler before the Xfinity Series race …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Owens Corning AttiCat 300 at Chicagoland

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Lean, mean, black and green for the second straight weekend. The No. 54 Toyota raced back into Victory Lane once again. At Michigan, it was Kyle Busch earning the victory, but this weekend’s standalone event at Chicagoland Speedway belonged to rookie Erik Jones. The 19-year-old driver for Joe Gibbs Racing led a race-high 94 laps …

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Off the Wall With: Brendan Gaughan

2015 Martinsville I Cup Brendan Gaughan Vertical Credit Amy Henderson

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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, we’ve got NASCAR Xfinity Series veteran Brendan Gaughan on the hook. What’s fun besides racing? …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Hisense 300 at Charlotte

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How good was Austin Dillon‘s car in Saturday’s Hisense 300? After the race, Dillon said he didn’t want to get out. He started the race on the pole and dominated from there, leading 163 of 200 laps and making a perfect driver rating of 150.0 en route to his victory. Denny Hamlin tried to make a …

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Did You Notice? Driver Report Cards, Part II & Quick Hits

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Did You Notice? It’s time to grade the drivers on their 2015 season? For the first part of Driver Report Cards, as well as the guidelines on how each driver’s being graded please check on yesterday’s article. Part III will be posted overnight tonight. Jeb Burton Stats: 9 starts, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 …

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Richard Childress Racing Strengthen Pit-Road Safety Guidelines Following Fires

2015 Bristol I Cup Ryan Newman Credit Amy Henderson

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Richard Childress Racing are improving their personal pit road safety guidelines – this after two pit road fires that have hit the team in the few weeks. The team announced on NASCAR Talk that it has changed its pit road safety guidelines after two fires in the last two weeks—one in the NXS race at Richmond and …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Winn Dixie 300 at Talladega

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It was another stunning weekend for Team Penske in the NASCAR Xfinity Series as Joey Logano piloted the No. 22 Ford to Victory Lane for the third time in 2015 – holding off the hard-charging Brian Scott in the process. Leading 40 laps on Saturday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway, Logano was able to run up front …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond

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Friday night at Richmond International Raceway was Denny Hamlin’s version of a doctor’s checkup following neck spasms during last weekend’s Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol. Hamlin had to rely on 18-year-old Erik Jones to complete the race, and as a thank-you gift, gave Jones and the rest of the Xfinity field …

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Massive Pit Road Fire Sends Brendan Gaughan’s No. 62 Crew Members to Hospital

2014 Atlanta Nns Brendan Gaughan Racing Cia

A massive fire during a pit stop for Brendan Gaughan sent rear tire changer Anthony O’Brien and gas man Josh Wittman to the infield care center for possible burns. Each crew member for Gaughan were soon transported to local hospital. A crew member for Eric McClure, who was pitted near Gaughan, was also taken to …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Who’s the Front Runners As Season Nears May

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Seven races into the NASCAR Xfinity Series season, the battle for the championship is coming into fruition. Though the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers continue to dominate the sport’s version of AAA in baseball, the top-10 drivers are separated by a mere 56 points heading into Richmond. Following Chase Elliott‘s outstanding rookie season, which led …

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