Race Weekend Central

Truckin’ Thursdays: Ben Kennedy’s Saga Continues

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Camping World Truck Series teams have been idle for the last month, but for the first time in a long time, there’s actually news coming out during this extended break. And over the last couple of weeks, that news has centered almost exclusively around Ben Kennedy. In case you’ve missed it all, Kennedy and Red …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Erik Jones Excelling in Full-Time XFINITY Ride

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Erik Jones burst onto the NASCAR radar in 2012 when he bested Kyle Busch in the Snowball Derby. After the performance Busch saw from the youngster, he knew the talent was one that he couldn’t let just sit without being utilized to its fullest. Enter Kyle Busch Motorsports. Busch brought Jones, who wasn’t yet old …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Ray Black, Jr. Settling into XFINITY Series Racing

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Last Friday night, Ray Black, Jr. returned to Texas Motor Speedway, the site of his XFINITY Series debut last November, with high hopes to improve upon his finish. After all, the last-minute deal wasn’t the ideal debut since Black suffered a broken shock that left him simply riding around, running laps with little hope of …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: What if the Truck Series Used Heat Races?

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

This weekend, the Camping World Truck Series sits idle once again, and it will for another two weekends before heading to Kansas Speedway for Mother’s Day weekend. But the XFINITY Series will run its first of four events where heat races will set the starting lineup for the 200-lap main event. It’s an experiment that …

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Chase Elliott Scores Career-Best 5th in Duck Commander 500

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Chase Elliott continues to impress week after week. A transmission change prior to Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 forced the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet to drop to the rear of the field from his fourth-place qualifying position. But when the green flag finally flew, Elliott backed up his qualifying effort, slicing and dicing …

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Martin Truex, Jr., Carl Edwards See Dominant Race Slip Away

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Carl Edwards and Martin Truex, Jr. combined to lead both practice sessions (Truex) and the top spot in qualifying (Edwards) for Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500, and the pair continued to show their strength, leading a total of 265 of 334 laps Saturday night. But neither driver has the finish to show for their dominance. …

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Kyle Busch Dominates O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 for 4th Win

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

In what has been the norm this season, Kyle Busch once again dominated the XFINITY Series and is now the most recent winner in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions. Leading four times for 150 of 200 laps at Texas Motor Speedway, Busch scored his 80th career win by more than three seconds over teammate …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Paces Final Duck Commander 500 Practice

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

The Sprint Cup Series took to Texas Motor Speedway early Friday evening for the final practice session for tomorrow night’s Duck Commander 500. Martin Truex, Jr. topped the charts for the entire session with a fast lap of 192.390 mph (28.068 sec.). Truex, who will start third tomorrow night, ran 51 laps. Polesitter Carl Edwards …

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Charlotte Motor Speedway Announces Coca-Cola 600 Pre-race Plans

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Charlotte Motor Speedway announced the festivities for the Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600 Friday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway. From ground exercises, rope teams, vintage warbirds and even a 21-gun salute, the military-packed show will also feature 600 U.S. Army soldiers marching through the grandstands before they hold two large American flags in the infield. …

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