Race Weekend Central

Jimmie Johnson Fastest in 2015 Quicken Loans 500 Practice No. 1 at Phoenix

2015 Bank Of America 500 Jimmie Johnson Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

On Friday afternoon, the Sprint Cup Series teams took to Phoenix International Raceway’s 1-mile tri-oval for 85 minutes of practice. Unlike last week in Texas, the trend during the session was that drivers could still pump out fast laps on tires that had as many as 15 laps on them. Late in the session, Jimmie …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC “Chase-Ing” Away Viewers With Title Focus

2015 Texas Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Car Cia

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After the events of Martinsville, I figured that I’d be able to relax a little bit. Yes, last year saw the tempers boil over. I saw that NBCSN ranked that as the biggest thing to ever happen (in a NASCAR race) at Texas Motor Speedway. I respectfully disagree. AAA Texas 500 Sunday brought the Sprint …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas

2015 Xfinity Texas Brad Keselowski Victory Lane Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo Credit: Rick Lunkenheimer, Frontstretch)

After facing a quiet track all day long due to lingering weepers from morning rains that ultimately canceled all on-track activity prior to the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, the Xfinity Series finally took to the track roughly 30 minutes late. In a race that featured substantially more passing and on-track action than the Camping World …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega

2015 Talladega Ii Cup Joey Logano Trophy Cia

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Who’s in the headline – There are a few headlines coming out of Talladega, but the top story is Joey Logano sweeping the entire second round of the Chase. Logano led the race twice for 20 laps and survived an unsuccessful green-white-checkered start and then a very short run after a restart before the caution …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Edition

2015 Kansas Ii Cup Martin Truex Jr Helmet Cia

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There could be quite a long list of drivers on the cold part of this column, but there is one unmistakable driver who belongs on the hot list, whether you like his tactics or not. But one thing every NASCAR fan can agree on is that with the points being so close and with a …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Must Rise Above NASCAR’s On-Track Product

2015 Charlotte Ii Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Pack Racing Cia

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NBC just cannot seem to buy a break this year when it comes to broadcasting Sprint Cup races. This past weekend was the third attempt at airing a Cup race on the broadcast network this year. Three times, the races have been affected by rain. The start at Daytona was delayed nearly four hours and …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

Joey Logano Bank Of America 500 Finish Cup Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Who’s in the headline – For the third week in a row, a driver led more than half of the laps in a race, and for the second week in a row that driver won. Joey Logano took the lead on lap 77 of the event and, outside of pit-stop cycles under green flags, Logano …

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Did You Notice? Penske Problems Ahead and Kyle Larson’s Long Road Back

2015 Dover Ii Cup Kyle Larson Aric Almirola Racing Cia

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Did You Notice? Past performance is not always a guarantee of future success? I took the results of each remaining Chaser from earlier in the year, then added up the points from their performances at Charlotte, Kansas, and Talladega to simulate the next round of the postseason. Here’s how it all shakes out… Dale Earnhardt Jr. …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Kyle Larson Finds NASCAR Diecast in… a Ball Pit?

2015 Loudon Ii Cup Brad Keselowski Dale Earnhardt Jr Laughing Cia

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Just let @SamanthaBusch fill out @draftkings lineup. She chose based off player picture, coolness of name, no stats ? — Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) October 6, 2015 It seems Samantha Busch has found a new hobby during her free time. The wife of Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch submitted a one-day fantasy lineup. Wonder if she …

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Change Has Come for NASCAR’s Next Generation

Kyle Lardon leads a pack of cars during the 2015 Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway

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Change is occurring rapidly in the world of stock car racing. The newest breed of racers has kids racing late models before they are even in high school. With plenty of paths to success, many young racers find themselves trying to be like Jeff Gordon or Tony Stewart, two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions who …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 myAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland

2015 Chicago Cup Pack Racing Cia

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? With the Chase underway, it’s hard to be a fan of a driver who didn’t make the cut because if he’s not winning a race or tangling with a Chase driver, he’s going to be largely ignored for the rest of the season. Such was the case in …

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John Hunter Nemechek Wins 1st Truck Race on Fuel Mileage at Chicagoland

2015 Martinsville I Cwts John Hunter Nemechek John Wes Townley Credit Amy Henderson

(Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

On Saturday morning, the Camping World Truck Series took to Chicagoland Speedway to make up the American Ethanol E15 225, a race originally scheduled for Friday night, but was postponed due to heavy rains. JR Motorsports’ Kyle Larson and ThorSport Racing’s Johnny Sauter had the two best trucks all weekend, but the E15 in the race’s …

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