Race Weekend Central

NASCAR Mailbox: How Important is Darrell Wallace Jr.’s Cup Debut for NASCAR’s Diversity Efforts?

2017 Atlanta Nxs Darrell Wallace Jr Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Finally. Finally. Finally. It took a long time, but Darrell Wallace Jr. is finally getting the call to race in NASCAR’s top division. Filling in for Aric Almirola in the famed No. 43, the move is certainly a powerful one as the sport looks to take advantage of having its first African-American driver compete in …

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Entry List: Pocono Green 250

2016 Pocono I Xfinity Pack Racing Restart Anthony Lumbis Sr.

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NASCAR’s XFINITY Series heads to The Tricky Triangle in Long Pond, Pa. for the Pocono Green 250 Saturday afternoon on Fox Sports 1. 41 cars are on the preliminary entry list for the event, meaning one team will be sent home packing after qualifying concludes Saturday morning from the 2.5-mile track. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup …

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Entry List: Pocono 400

2016 Pocono Cup Chris Buescher Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series continues their East coast stint with a trip to Pocono Raceway this upcoming weekend for the Pocono 400 (Sunday on Fox Sports 1). 39 cars are on the preliminary entry list for the 400-mile event at the Tricky Triangle, meaning the field will not be at full capacity. After a weekend off …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. to Run for Richard Petty Motorsports, Roush Shuts Down No. 6 XFINITY Team

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

The news that Darrell Wallace Jr. wanted to hear is finally here: a call up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The Roush Fenway Racing XFINITY Series driver will become the first African-American to race in NASCAR’s premier division since Bill Lester did so in 2006. Wallace, 23, will replace the injured Aric Almirola in the …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Larson Impresses at Dover and Graham Rahal Sweeps IndyCar at Detroit

Nascar Xfinity Series One Main Financial 200 Dover International Speedway, Dover, De Usa Friday 2 June 2017 Kyle Larson, Parkerstore Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: © 2017 Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Attrition Strikes Again in Dover Friday may have been National Doughnut Day, but Miles the Monster was apparently still hungry come Sunday. Hungry for race cars, that is. Kicking off the AAA 400 in the hottest conditions of the weekend, Dover International Speedway was a hefty challenge for first-time Monster …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Larson Wins Wreckfest at Dover

2017 Texas I Cup Kyle Larson Logan Whitton Nkp

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Starting from the pole Saturday, Kyle Larson had the fastest XFINITY Series car at Dover International Speedway. That speed was on display as early as the first stage of the race. Larson led every green-flag lap in that opening segment en route to a race high 136 on the afternoon. It seemed Ryan Blaney, who finished runner-up was …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Reviewing the First 10 XFINITY Series Races of 2017

2017 Phoenix I Nxs Justin Allgaier Checkered Flag Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Coming on the heels of two consecutive bye weeks, the XFINITY Series took to Charlotte Motor Speedway this past Saturday, and to no one’s surprise a Cup Series regular was victorious. Over the past several years, that has been the theme of the XFINITY Series, even though “names are made here.” But there is a bright …

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Did You Notice?: A Look Into Aric Almirola Sub Possibilities

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Did You Notice? … Two big-name drivers have already turned down the No. 43 ride to replace an injured Aric Almirola? Carl Edwards, once highly coveted by Richard Petty Motorsports many years ago has said no, he can’t go back and run the car through Sonoma on June 25. It’s not the first time Edwards has said …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Fans Needed FOX Sports GO For Bristol

2017 Bristol I Cup Joey Logano Pack Racing John K Harrelson Nkp

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Rain screws up race weekends.  Simple as that.  You should see the e-mail string that goes out when a Cup race gets postponed.  As a result of Sunday’s deluge, Monday’s Food City 500 took place while I was at work.  Naturally, that causes problems. Food City 500 Now, let’s not freak out.  Yes, the race …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Erik Jones Comes From the Back Late to Win

2016 Watkins Glen Cup Furniture Row Racing Erik Jones Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

On Lap 230, Erik Jones thought he saw his chances of repeating the Spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway go away. The No. 20 car was caught speeding on pit road and had to  re-start from the back with a dominating Kyle Larson out front. Over the last 70 circuits, there were five caution flags, enabling …

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Mello Yello to Sponsor Darrell Wallace Jr.

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

A familiar sponsor will reunite with NASCAR when the XFINITY Series takes to Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, April 29. Mello Yello, the sponsor that became synonymous with the sport through the 1990 film Days of Thunder and subsequent sponsorships in the 1990s, will adorn the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford driven by Darrell …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. Posts 5th-Straight 6th-Place Finish

2017 Atlanta Nxs Darrell Wallace Jr Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

When Darrell Wallace Jr. took the checkered flag in Saturday afternoon’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, he posted his fifth-straight sixth-place finish. After struggling through much of last season with just three top fives and nine top 10s and finishing 11th in the standings, Wallace opened the year with a dismal 33rd-place …

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