Race Weekend Central

Ty Dillon to Sub for Tony Stewart at Atlanta, Brian Vickers Subbing at Vegas

After Brian Vickers filled in for the injured Tony Stewart in the season-opening Daytona 500, Stewart-Haas Racing confirmed the substitutes for the next two events in the team’s No. 14. Ty Dillon will climb behind the wheel of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet this Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Vickers will return …

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4 Burning Questions: With Tony Stewart Out, Who Is Daytona’s Sentimental Favorite?

Zach Catanzareti takes a look at the four most important storylines entering Sunday’s Daytona 500: 1. WHAT TEAM WILL GEL BEST ON SUNDAY? Contrary to some popular beliefs, you must have friends to compete in plate racing. Without them – as seen in Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited – you’ll go nowhere. Approaching 2016, the big …

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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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Denny Hamlin Withstands Mayhem, Wins Third Sprint Unlimited

Sparks, carnage and some thrilling pack racing; It must be the Sprint Unlimited. Since there were a handful of spotless cars at the end of the 79-lap non-point race at Daytona International Speedway, it came up short to being a true demolition derby. However, even race winner Denny Hamlin overcame early damage to his No. …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tops First 500 Practice

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Some things never change: An Earnhardt led Daytona practice. Dale Earnhardt Jr. paced the first Sprint Cup practice for the Daytona 500 on Saturday morning with a fast lap of 194.116 mph. Joining Earnhardt in the top 5 were defending 500 champion Joey Logano (193.853), 2009 and 2012 race winner Matt Kenseth (193.782), rookie Chase …

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Brian Vickers Expected to Replace Tony Stewart in Daytona 500

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Brian Vickers has emerged as the lead candidate to replace Tony Stewart in the season-opening Daytona 500 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next weekend. According to a report from the Associated Press, Vickers will fill in for the injured Stewart in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14, granted he is medically cleared to compete by NASCAR, …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Too Early for Silly Season?

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This off week has been fairly quiet (and quick) for the Sprint Cup Series. It provided just enough time for teams and drivers to rest up and prepare for the Chase for the Sprint Cup “Challenger” Round, which kicks off in Chicagoland in another two weeks. That is, of course, if they’re one of the lucky 11 …

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Michael Waltrip Racing to Shut Its Doors After 2015 Season

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A day after NASCAR welcomed a new sponsor into the fold, they woke to the loss of a full-time team. Michael Waltrip Racing announced Wednesday that it and driver Clint Bowyer have agreed to separate at the end of the 2015 season. The move comes weeks after MWR co-owner Rob Kauffman announced he was pursuing a …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Indy Be a Race to Remember?

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Eldora has come and gone, and with its passing, we hit the back half of NASCAR’s summer stretch before autumn rolls around and the Chase begins. The dirt race was once again a show to remember, and it serves as a bright spot in the overall NASCAR schedule, sandwiched in between two Sprint Cup races …

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Brian Vickers Joins NBC for NASCAR Coverage

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While he may not be on track due to recurring blood clots, Brian Vickers has found a way to stay in NASCAR. Vickers tweeted out on Monday that he will join NBC for the network’s NASCAR coverage beginning today with an appearance on “NASCAR America,” NBC Sports Network’s nightly show covering the sport. Vickers plans …

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Happiness Is: The Magic 8-Ball Edition

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One of the stories that came to light in the past couple days was that beloved NASCAR czar Brian France – or as many of his legion of followers refer to him, Brain France – is open to the possibility of cutting some of the length of the races on the schedule. This potential change …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things That Make You Go… Huh?

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy is scratching her head about some of this year’s events. …

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