Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Good Races or Good Finishes?

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After Martin Truex, Jr. said that his team would communicate with suspended crew chief Cole Pearn via FaceTime at Phoenix International Raceway, NASCAR announced it’s looking for way to limit communication with suspended crew members.  Is this something that needs to be done, or is remote communication enough of a hindrance on its own? Mark Howell, …

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Erik Jones Highlights Phoenix Penalty Report

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NASCAR penalized one team and warned four others on Wednesday for infractions occurring during the Phoenix race weekend. Erik Jones’ No. 20 XFINITY Series team was levied a P2 penalty for failing post-race inspection. His car was found to be out of alignment in the rear end. Jones’ crew chief Chris Gabehart was fined $5,000 …

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The 10: The Great Tie of Arizona

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Well, this is a first. Sunday’s Good Sam 500(k) marked the second photo finish in four races to start 2016, with Kevin Harvick just edging out Carl Edwards to stay atop the throne as the king of Phoenix International Raceway. Not one to be outdone, our list of Power Rankings voters somehow managed an even …

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Four Burning Questions: What Kind of Phoenix Weather Can We Expect on Sunday?

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WILL A ONE-OFF CREW CHIEF SWAP IMPACT RACE DAY FOR MARTIN TRUEX, JR.? Following a sly appealing move by the Furniture Row Racing team this past week – appealing the roof flap penalty from NASCAR that would have otherwise suspended crew chief Cole Pearn for the Las Vegas weekend – the penalty will now be …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Receives Another Warning from NASCAR

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Third time’s the charm didn’t hold true for Martin Truex, Jr. and Furniture Row Racing. NASCAR penalized three teams and suspended one crew member on Wednesday for infractions that occurred during last weekend’s Sprint Cup and XFINITY events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The No. 19 and 78 teams of Carl Edwards and Truex were …

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Did You Notice? … The Band’s Back Together

Did You Notice? … That the old band’s back together again? That’s the hidden story surrounding Cole Pearn’s suspension this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex, Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota for Furniture Row Racing, was issued the suspension after the team was given notice pre-race for roof-flap issues in back-to-back …

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The 10: Power Rankings Leaders Find Luck, Dust in Vegas

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Typically, the phrase “eat my dust” is a joke when it comes to racing. However, on a wild Sunday in Las Vegas, the phrase was all too real. After 400 miles of rainy, dusty, windy madness at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski and the Blue Deuce rolled back in to Victory Lane for the first …

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Furniture Row Racing Drops Appeal, Cole Pearn Suspended for Phoenix

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After appealing NASCAR’s penalty following a second roof flap violation in Atlanta, Furniture Row Racing announced today it has dropped the appeal. Crew chief Cole Pearn will serve his one-race suspension this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Pearn was placed on probation following the initial roof flap violation during Daytona 500 qualifying, but NASCAR dropped the …

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Four Burning Questions: Who Will Extend 2016 Top-10 Streaks in Las Vegas?

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HOW WILL RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING FARE IN VEGAS? Whether we were heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend or not, Richard Childress Racing was always bound to have a solid run. Following the first two races of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season at Daytona and Atlanta, Austin Dillon has a ninth and 11th while …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: “Just” a Safety Violation?

While there have been rumblings in the past that NASCAR probation is not a hefty enough punishment for some of the infractions for which it’s been assigned, it might not be a good idea to test whether it has teeth with a second violation a week later. Furniture Row Racing, I’m looking at you. FRR …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Penalized for 2nd Roof Flap Violation, Crew Chief Cole Pearn Suspended

One roof flap violation? Probation. A second one just a week later? Time to drop the hammer. NASCAR announced Wednesday it’s suspended Cole Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex, Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota, for a race after a violation found during pre-race inspection during the Atlanta race weekend. NASCAR officials found an issue with the roof flap, …

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Up To Speed: Despite Long Green-Flag Runs, Lower Downforce Still Largely Positive

Though only the second race of the season, Atlanta Motor Speedway was thought to be the initial race where we would see what the new (or at least new for 2016) low-downforce package would mean for the racing this season. After rave reviews from competitors and fans alike at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway with …

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