Race Weekend Central

Denny Hamlin Stays Clean for Watkins Glen Victory

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Denny Hamlin may be the only one exiting Watkins Glen International with happy thoughts, as he survived the late ruckus to take the victory in Sunday’s Cheez-It 355. Grabbing the lead by passing Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, who both slid wide in turn one following a restart with 10 laps to go, Hamlin held off a …

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Erik Jones Moves to the Cup Series with Furniture Row Racing in 2017

2016 Watkins Glen Cup Erik Jones Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

On Sunday morning prior to the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen, the worst kept secret in the NASCAR garage was finally announced: Erik Jones will jump into a second Furniture Row Racing Toyota beginning in 2017. Jones, 20, will drive the No. 77 5-Hour Energy Toyota, teaming with Martin Truex, Jr. The Joe Gibbs Racing development …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Paces Opening Practice at Watkins Glen

2016 Pocono I Cup Martin Truex Jr. Anthony Lumbis Sr.

(Photo: Anthony Lumbis, Sr.)

In the opening practice of the second and final road course race of the season, Toyota led the way for the opening practice session of the weekend, like the manufacturer has plenty of times this season. At Watkins Glen International, Martin Truex, Jr. led the way at 126.883 mph during the first practice. The No. 78 car posted …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Signs Contract Extension with Furniture Row Racing

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(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

Late Thursday evening, Furniture Row Racing announced that driver Martin Truex, Jr. has signed an extension to remain with the team through 2018. This season, Truex has led a series-high and career-high 1,005 laps through the first 21 laps, including the most dominant performance in NASCAR history, leading 592 miles during the Coca-Cola 600 Memorial Day …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the Pennsylvania 400

2016 Pocono Ii Cup Chris Buescher Bob Osborne Trophy Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Repeat after me: there are no cheap wins in NASCAR.  A top finish is hard to come by, no matter what the circumstances.  The great thing about racing is that it’s about more than just a fast car—it’s about strategy and making things work under the rules.  Chris …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Pennsylvania 400

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(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Who’s in the headline – Chris Buescher took one of the biggest Sprint Cup underdog victories ever seen in Monday’s Pennsylvania 400 from Pocono Raceway. Buescher played the fuel game to perfection as impending weather hit the “Tricky Triangle.” Leading the first laps of his Cup career when the leaders took to pit road, the rookie …

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Martin Truex, Jr., Paul Menard with Early Issues in Pocono

2016 Pocono I Cup Martin Truex Jr. Anthony Lumbis Sr.

(Photo: Anthony Lumbis, Sr.)

It didn’t take too long before two of the top 3 starters ran into problems at Pocono Raceway. Shortly following a lap 18 restart after the competition caution, polesitter Martin Truex, Jr. cut a right-front tire into Turn 2, sending the No. 78 machine into the wall. The team found that the inner-liner valve stem …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Pocono Lineup

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Pocono Raceway on July 31st for the Pennsylvania 400. Kurt Busch made his way to victory lane at the “Tricky Triangle” back in June and will look to complete the sweep on Sunday. Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske have combined to win 14 out of the 20 …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Wins the Pole for the Pennsylvania 400

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For the second time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career, Martin Truex, Jr. will lead the field to the green flag three times in one season. Piloting the No. 78 Toyota, Truex topped the charts in the final round of qualifying for the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway at 50.211 seconds (179.244 mph), his …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Indianapolis Edition

2016 Loudon I Cup Matt Kenseth Burnout Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

A big part of what happened at New Hampshire during the Sprint Cup race on Sunday had to do with location. Yes, location, location, location. Mainly, if you were on the top lane on a restart that was a good location. If you got stuck on the bottom, not so much. HOT One driver who …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Matt Kenseth New Hampshire Win Tainted By Failed Inspection?

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Who’s in the headline: The old adage of only having to lead one lap seems to be the way Matt Kenseth does business. It rang true again this weekend as Kenseth started 18th and took over 250 laps to get to the point. Once there, he endured three restarts over the final 31 circuits and strolled to victory in a …

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Pace Laps: Weighing Martin Truex, Jr.’s Positives and Ty Dillon, Alex Bowman Duel at Loudon

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Sprint Cup: Positives over Negatives for Truex, Jr. The end of the day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway saw yet another disappointed what-could-have-been result for Martin Truex, Jr. The driver who has become known for missing out on race wins in his career – even with some of the fastest equipment in the field – …

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