NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Tracking the Trucks: Ben Kennedy Outlasts Bristol for First Career Win

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In a Nutshell: Ben Kennedy took the checkered flag 0.274 seconds ahead of Brett Moffitt to win Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kennedy outlasted a hard-charging Moffitt on the restart with six laps remaining to score his first career win. Daniel Hemric, William Byron and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top 5. …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Five Scariest Truck Series Crashes

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Crashes take their toll

NASCAR has made so many safety advances that it’s easy to get complacent and forget that the sport is still inherently dangerous. Despite everything the sanctioning body has done, there’s no way to make the sport 100 percent safe, short of maybe ending it altogether, and we all know that’s not going to happen, nor …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Gearing Up for the Inaugural Chase for the Championship

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When the Camping World Truck Series heads to Pocono Raceway Saturday afternoon, it will knock off one of the five remaining races to set the inaugural Chase field. Only five drivers have punched their tickets with a victory, so there’s still quite a bit of uncertainty in exactly who will make up the eight drivers …

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Tracking the Trucks: Kyle Larson Scores Big at Eldora

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In a Nutshell: Kyle Larson conquered the mud-caked banks of Eldora Speedway to win Wednesday night’s Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby by 0.767 seconds ahead of defending winner Christopher Bell. Larson recovered from going a lap down early to take advantage of troubles Rico Abreu, Jake Griffin and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top 5. …

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Tracking the Trucks: William Byron Scores 4th Career Win at Kentucky Speedway

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

In a Nutshell: William Byron scored his third win in the last four races and his fourth overall when he took the checkered flag 0.190 seconds ahead of John Hunter Nemechek in thursday night’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Byron held off a hard-charging Nemechek and Daniel Hemric in the final …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Parker Kligerman Making the Most of His Return

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When Parker Kligerman was a young child, he had a strong passion and love for cars, but it wasn’t until his family got the SPEED channel when he was nine that he felt the need to get into racing. Though his dad wasn’t all that interested in looking at go-karts and getting him started, mom …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Travis Kvapil on Making His Career in Racing

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Beth Lunkenheimer, You made the natural progression out of working with cars in your dad’s garage to racing. Was there ever any doubt that racing was what you wanted to do? Travis Kvapil: There was never a doubt it was what I wanted to do. I knew somehow I would probably be involved in …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: NASCAR Fails to Drop the Hammer for Fighting

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Unless you’ve been under a rock for last few days, by now you’re well aware of the “fight” between John Wes Townley on the track at Gateway Motorsports Park. In a wreck that was seemingly payback for earlier contact, the pair brought out the ninth and final caution when their trucks came to a stop …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Austin Wayne Self on Coming Home to Texas

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Austin Wayne Self made his ARCA Racing Series debut in 2013. Running just six races, he posted five top-10 finishes, including a runner-up result at Winchester Speedway (Ind.). Over the next two years, Self ran 39 of 40 races, scoring one win (2015) and a combined 25 top-10 results, en route to a runner-up finish …

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Tracking the Trucks: William Byron Notches 2nd Consecutive Win

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In a Nutshell: William Byron went back-to-back with a victory over Cole Custer in Saturday night’s Speediatrics 200 at Iowa Speedway. Byron overcame a pit road stumble on his final stop, and with the help of a couple of late-race cautions, recovered to score his third win of the season. Cameron Hayley, Ben Rhodes and …

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