Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: Lady Luck Deals NASCAR Bad Hand in 2021 Debut

Austin Cindric crashes on the final lap of the 2021 Daytona 500.

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ONE: Lady Luck Big Player in Disjointed Daytona 500 There were a lot of Valentine’s Day dinners ruined Sunday night (Feb. 14) by the Daytona 500 turned 24 Hours of Daytona Lite. A six-hour rain delay felt entirely preventable, the fourth time in the last 10 NASCAR season openers there’s been a rain delay. At what point …

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Derrike Cope to Compete in Daytona 500

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Derrike Cope, the winner of the 1990 Daytona 500, will wheel the No. 15 Chevrolet in another attempt to claim his second trophy at Daytona International Speedway, Cope confirmed to FOX Sports reporter Bob Pockrass on Tuesday. Cope’s No. 15 car will be entered under Rick Ware Racing, though it will be built by StarCom Racing, where …

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New Sponsor, New Package & Upgraded Equipment Have Landon Cassill Optimistic

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Landon Cassill returns to StarCom Racing’s No. 00 this year after driving for the organization in 29 of 36 races in 2018. The driver and team look to have an even better 2019 after forming a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing and switching to ECR Engines. Also, the team has a new sponsor — …

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Kyle Weatherman on Working Behind the Scenes, ARCA & Expedited Progression

2018 Homestead Cup Kyle Weatherman Car Phil Allaway

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This season, StarCom Racing embarked on its first full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  The team filed intentions to field two cars from day one during the season but started off the year with only the No. 00 with Jeffrey Earnhardt driving.  Eventually, Landon Cassill replaced Earnhardt. The team debuted the No. …

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NASCAR 101: The 5 Longest Active Careers in the Cup Series

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Old Guy Matt Kenseth does not have the longest current Cup career (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Though he’s known these days more for his role on TV broadcasts, Hermie Sadler continues a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career that dates back over two decades this weekend when he steps into Premium Motorsports’ No. 7 car at Martinsville Speedway. Sadler, brother of multi-time NASCAR winner and XFINITY Series regular Elliott Sadler (well, …

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Entry List: Kansas Lottery 300

NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300

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After a week off, the NASCAR XFINITY Series returns to action Saturday for the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. This event will open the second round of the XFINITY Series playoffs. 42 teams are entered this week, which means two drivers will go home, barring any late entry list changes. There’s a bit of …

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Derrike Cope: StarCom Racing is ‘Overachieving’ in First Full-Time NASCAR Season

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StarCom Racing is in its first full season of existence with 1990 Daytona 500 champion Derrike Cope calling the shots as team manager. Through the first 15 races, it’s been a battle. Prior to Daytona this February, StarCom acquired the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing charter from last season. That ensured their No. 00 car …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Rides Clean Air to Pocono Victory

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Who’s in the headline Martin Truex Jr. started the Pocono 400 by winning the first stage and ended it with a trip to Victory Lane. After a strong early performance, the jack falling on a pit stop left him 14th and it took most of the race to work back through traffic. Truex’s misfortune, combined with a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Sweeps Up Dover

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's celebrates in victory lane after winning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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Who’s in the headline After a drought of six long races, Kevin Harvick is back in Victory Lane. The No. 4 Ford was the most dominant car all weekend at Dover and it showed throughout the race. Harvick started on the outside of the front row with the second fastest qualifying time. He led the …

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Entry List: AAA 400 Drive For Autism

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After only the second full field of the season last weekend at Talladega, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series once again has a short field for Dover.  38 teams have posted entries for this weekend’s action. Likely the most notable changes this weekend are with StarCom Racing.  They are fielding two cars for the first …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Still Fighting Hard

2017 Kansas I CUP Aric Almirola Russell LaBounty NKP

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Think Small With just one race to go in 2017, it’s been a mixed bag of a season for the sport’s smaller teams.  Furniture Row Racing has set the gold standard for them. It’s taken a one-car, outsider organization to the top echelon of NASCAR’s elite teams within five years. That’s a model others can …

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Entry List: Can-Am 500

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads west this weekend to Phoenix International Raceway for the 30th annual Can-Am 500. It’s an elimination race in the Round of 8 as this event sets the Championship 4 for Homestead-Miami Speedway. Coming off last weekend’s late-race pass of Martin Truex Jr. at Texas Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick has …

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