Race Weekend Central

Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch Fastest In Phoenix Practice Sessions

2016 Pocono I Cup Kyle Busch Car Garage Anthony Lumbis Sr.

Martin Truex, Jr., posted the fastest time in round two of practice to lead the way for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Truex, a four time winner in 2016, sped around the 1-mile desert oval at an average speed of 136.358 mph, edging out Brad Keselowski for the fastest lap of the session. Jamie McMurray …

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NASCAR Penalizes Nearly Two Dozen Teams in Texas

2016 Cup Texas Joey Logano Car Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

On Wednesday, NASCAR released the weekly penalty report stemming from Texas.  Compared to recent weeks, this one was quite the doozy. In the Sprint Cup Series, Joey Logano‘s No. 22 Ford that finished second Sunday night was found to have one loose lugnut.  As a result, the No. 22 has been hit with a P2 …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Rainy Nights Edition

2016 Nascar Sprint Cup Series, Texas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Sometimes the rain taketh away and sometimes it giveth. Carl Edwards was glad to be on the good side of that precipitation equation in what turned out to be a Sunday night race at Texas Motor Speedway following rain and a slow-drying track. With his victory, Edwards has joined Jimmie Johnson to make up two of …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Carl Edwards Saves Best for Last to Win at Texas

2016 Nascar Sprint Cup Series, Texas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – While Carl Edwards will garner most of the headlines for the weekend, it was Mother Nature who took most of the attention. The race was delayed by five-and-a-half hours due to track drying efforts that seemed to make progress at a snail’s pace. Once the race began, the sun had …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Jimmie Johnson Sets the Table for a Run at Title Seven with Victory at Martinsville

Jimmie Johnson Sunlight Burnout Martinsville Cup 2016 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Who’s in the headline – Jimmie Johnson had eight wins at Martinsville Speedway entering this weekend’s activities. While that is an impressive number, he had gone six races without a win and had not finished better than ninth in the last four. The race wasn’t a dominating effort by the No. 48 team, but they …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Goody’s Fast Relief 500

Kurt Busch And Jimmie Johnson Martinsville Cup 2016 Mike Neff

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Sometimes finishing position doesn’t reflect a good race accurately.  That was the case Sunday for Austin Dillon, who gained 24 spots by halfway to get into the top 10.  Pit strategy didn’t swing his way following a late caution that shook up the field, but Dillon’s 17th-place finish …

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Jamie McMurray Paces 2nd Martinsville Practice

Cup Martinsville Jamie Mcmurray Martinsville Speedway

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

He may not own a Grandfather Clock, but Jamie McMurray is looking strong at Martinsivlle Speedway. One of the first drivers out onto the relatively cool 0.526-mile oval, McMurray clocked in a lap of 19.566 seconds (96.780 mph).  That was enough for McMurray to lead the way in second practice on Saturday, beating Joey Logano …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Wins 2nd Straight Pole of 2016

Cup Martinsville Martin Truex, Jr. Martinsville Speedway

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

For the second consecutive week, it’s Martin Truex, Jr. who will lead the field to green in the Sprint Cup Series. Winning the pole last week at Talladega – the biggest, fastest track on the circuit – Truex came to the shortest and slowest track of Martinsville Speedway and backed it up, winning his fifth …

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2-Headed Monster: Is It Fair Truex & Keselowski Are Out Of The Chase?

2016 Nscs Brad Keselowski Green Flag Dover Nascar Via Getty Images

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When the checkered flag flew on the Hellmann’s 500, eight drivers sighed in relief. Not just because they were safe from the unpredictability of Talladega; that was part of the emotion, for sure. But more importantly, two of their chief championship competitors were no longer a threat for the title. Going into the Round of …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Best Track in NASCAR

2016 Nascar Sprint Cup Series, Talladega

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

ONE: Martinsville I’ve said it many times before, and I’m sure I’ll continue to say it as long as the editors allow me to keep writing this column. There’s nothing in NASCAR that can’t be fixed, at least temporarily, with a visit to the oldest, slowest and flattest track in the sport. Martinsville Speedway is …

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Joey Logano Wins Elimination Race in Talladega

Cup 2016 Charlotte Joey Logano Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

For the second straight time in the Chase race at Talladega Superspeedway, Joey Logano grabbed the win after holding off rookie Brian Scott in the final laps. Earning his second win of 2016, Logano advances to the Round of 8 after entering the Alabama track in a tie for the final advance spot. Brian Scott, …

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Blown Motor Hurts Championship Hopes for Martin Truex, Jr. in Talladega

2016 Cup Talladega Martin Truex Jr. Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

It didn’t take long before the ultimate wild-card track ate up a championship favorite. Shortly following the opening round of pit stops in Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, pole winner Martin Truex, Jr. suffered a blown motor, forcing the No. 78 driver to bring it to the garage on Lap 41. “I felt like …

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