Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Drops Malachi Crunch on the Talladega Demo Derby for Second Win of the Season

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Who’s in the headline – Brad Keselowski won his first Cup race at Talladega in 2009. While he isn’t mentioned in the same breaths with Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt or Tony Stewart when plate racing prowess is discussed, the bottom line is he won his fourth plate race at Talladega on Sunday. Even though the …

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2-Headed Monster: Heat Races … Are They Worth It?

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NASCAR is in the midst of a brand-new experiment this season: heat races in the XFINITY Series. NASCAR has used heat races before in the Camping World Truck Series at Eldora, using multiple races to set the starting lineup for the main event, but until 2016 the NXS ran full-length events, lap one to lap …

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Carl Edwards Warned Following Bristol Victory

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For the third week in a row, the race-winning team in the Sprint Cup Series received a warning for an infraction that occurred during the weekend. Carl Edwards’ No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team was warned for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice. The warning was his third of the season and with one more the team will …

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2-Headed Monster: Has Brian Vickers Earned More Races This Season?

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Brian Vickers is somewhat of an enigma. He won the 2003 XFINITY Series championship and was subsequently promoted to the No. 25 team of Hendrick Motorsports. He underperformed in the car, winning just a single race during his three years with HMS – a victory that came at the expense of his teammate Jimmie Johnson, …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2016 Duck Commander 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Sometimes taking a gamble is a team’s only hope of winning a race, but it’s certainly no guarantee.  When the No. 6 team kept Trevor Bayne off sequence to gain track position, it resulted in Bayne leading 12 laps—the first laps he’s led since May of 2014.  That …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Now or Never for Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan?

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The good news for Richard Childress Racing is that the four-car team reached Victory Lane just five races into the XFINITY Series season.  The bad news, at least as far as the XFINITY championship is concerned, is that Sprint Cup regular Austin Dillon was the one who delivered the win to the team.  RCR’s three …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Todd Parrott Using Experience to Lead Ty Dillon

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The pit box is where this man belongs.  Todd Parrott’s career as a crew chief in NASCAR’s premier series started in 1995,  paired with Ernie Irvan. For the overwhelming majority of his career, the veteran leader worked for Robert Yates Racing, guiding now NBC commentator Dale Jarrett to the 1999 Sprint Cup championship. Working with the …

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Brian Vickers Partners with Janssen to Race at Auto Club Speedway

After competing in two of the first four races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Brian Vickers will return to the No. 14 car at Auto Club Speedway. Vickers, 32, will run the No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing for the third time this year. After being approved by NASCAR and doctors to run …

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Entry List: Good Sam 500(k)

With one round of the West Coast Swing complete, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next heads to Phoenix to one of NASCAR’s most unique tracks. NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the Mar. 13 Good Sam 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway. The list includes 39 entrants, one short of the maximum field allowed by …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Brad Keselowski Cashes in With Late-Race Pass to Win at Las Vegas

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Who’s in the headline – It had been 33 races since Brad Keselowski visited Victory Lane. Keselowski took the checkered flag first in Fontana last year in the fifth race of the season. On Sunday, he led the race three times but only led a total of 24 laps. The win put a third different manufacturer in …

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Kurt Busch on Pole in Atlanta, Kyle Busch Time Disallowed

UPDATE: Kyle Busch’s qualifying time was disallowed after he failed post-qualifying inspection for an issue with the rear end of the car, rewarding Kurt Busch the pole and moving everyone forward one position. The defending champion will start 40th on Sunday; no further penalties are expected. Kyle Busch captured his first career pole at the Atlanta …

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Four Burning Questions: What Will Atlanta Attendance Look Like Sunday?

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Where to Place the Expectations on Ty Dillon? It’s like 2013 all over again. That year, it was a broken leg suffered by Tony Stewart that opened the No. 14 Chevrolet to Max Papis, Austin Dillon and Mark Martin. Now, it’s a L1 burst fracture for Stewart that gave Brian Vickers his first Daytona 500 …

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