Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Edition

The buzz generated by Sunday’s exciting night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will likely reverberate through the NASCAR masses for a long time. The Pep Boys Auto 500 saw exciting racing for much of the event and saw someone not driving a non-Hendrick-affiliated car go to Victory Lane (though many were picking Jimmie Johnson to win). The race also did nothing to answer which drivers will be in safe mode for next week’s “race before the Chase” at Richmond. Kasey Kahne’s win moved him from 11th to 6th in the standings, while Carl Edwards’ oil pan problem regulated him to a poor finish and to within 85 points of falling outside the top 12. Kurt Busch totaled his No. 2 Dodge and lost a lot of his points. Kyle Busch led laps but faded toward the end and ended up _losing_ points to 12th place Matt Kenseth, despite Kenseth putting his No. 17 Ford into the wall twice in the first 20 laps. Brian Vickers’ No. 83 team bounced back from axle trouble, to finish 7th and leapfrog ahead of Busch in the points. Now 122 points are all that separate 14th in points Kyle Busch from 5th in points Edwards. The racing in Atlanta was eventful, exciting, and very influential in the points. Here are the *HOT*, *WARM* and *NOT* drivers this week:

2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Spire Motorsports

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When the 2021 season kicks off at Daytona International Speedway in February, Spire Motorsports will be entering its third full-time season as a team in NASCAR. Yes, you heard that right. 

 Their first two years in the NASCAR atmosphere have been interesting, to say the very least. 
After the unfortunate collapse of former championship-winning …

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Entry List: Dixie Vodka 400

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NASCAR has released the entry list for the Dixie Vodka 400 on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 39 cars will be competing for 40 spots on the grid. Therefore, everyone entered will make the race. There are only a handful of driver changes compared to the entry list from Martinsville Speedway. Garrett Smithley will …

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Entry List: Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

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The NASCAR Cup Series returns to action just three days after Sunday afternoon’s race in Atlanta, heading north to Martinsville Speedway in Virginia for a Wednesday night event on June 10, 2020. The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 will be the first ever race held under the lights on the .533-mile, paperclip-shaped oval. It’s the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Daytona 500

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The Headline(s): Denny Hamlin snuck past Ryan Blaney on the final lap of the second overtime to win his second consecutive Daytona 500 and the third of his career. For Hamlin, the win is his first of 2020, his 38th career Cup victory and 57th NASCAR national series win.

Reed Sorenson Races Into Daytona 500 After Daniel Suarez’s Misfortune

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Reed Sorenson will be in the Daytona 500. The 34-year-old veteran finished 18th in the first Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona on Thursday night (Feb. 13), which wasn’t good enough to qualify for the race. Justin Haley, who had locked his way in with his qualifying lap, raced his way in by finishing one spot higher than …

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The Underdog House: 2020 Vision

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The Unusual Suspects Like every other team, NASCAR underdog operations across all three national touring series have made the trek to the Florida coast for another Speedweeks. The Xfinity and Truck teams still have some time to shake the sand out of their boots, but Cup crews have already been shaking down their cars for …

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Reed Sorenson Entering Daytona 500 With Premium Motorsports

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Reed Sorenson will drive the No. 27 for Premium Motorsports in the NASCAR Cup Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway, FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass tweeted Monday, Feb. 3. Sorenson’s addition to the prospective entry list gives the Daytona 500 seven non-charter teams attempting the race at press time. The No. 27 joins Kaulig Racing’s …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Spire Motorsports

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The NASCAR Cup Series’ newest team made a major impact in the 2019 season in multiple ways. With support from Premium Motorsports, Spire Motorsports turned 2019 into a success story — often a tall order for a first-year team. With a total of eight drivers behind the wheel, the No. 77 team earned one victory …

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Spire Motorsports’ Future Depends on Next-Gen Car

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In an era of aging owners and sparse new ones, there has been one new owner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season — Spire Motorsports, owner of the No. 77 Chevrolet. The Origin Story The team was formed by Spire Sports + Entertainment (SS+E), a talent management agency that represents several drivers, …

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NASCAR 101: Active Drivers With the Most (& Least) Team Owners

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Once again, NASCAR Silly Season is in full bloom. We’ve got retirements and alignments, sponsorships and ownerships, hirings and firings and, of course, Matt DiBenedetto. This annual late-summer/early-fall tradition is filled with nerves, excitement and surprises. On the note of surprises, Paul Menard joins David Ragan as the second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver …

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MRN Sponsoring Spire Motorsports in Southern 500

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The Motor Racing Network will sponsor Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, celebrating 50 years of MRN coverage, the team announced Wednesday, Aug. 28. “Our radio partners are the original ambassadors of Motor Racing Network and this sport,” Cheryl Knight, director of radio …

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