Race Weekend Central

Matt Kenseth Soaks Up Return to Victory Lane in Phoenix

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

In a day of comers and goers, Matt Kenseth came when it counted Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Taking the lead from Chase Elliott with nine laps to go in the Can-Am 500, Kenseth pulled away to score his first win of 2017. The victory, his 39th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, was …

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Announces 2018 Rules Package

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

The last few seasons, the rules package for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has seen a significant reduction in downforce. On Tuesday, NASCAR announced that wouldn’t be the case for 2018. The 2018 rule package will see less changes from 2017 with a few minor changes. Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR’s Vice President of Innovation and …

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Jay Howard Feeling Confident for Return Indy 500 Start

(Photo: Chris Jones)

Every year, the Indianapolis 500 brings out those not-so-average drivers who put together a special deal to attempt the world’s biggest race. For 2017, Jay Howard is one of those names. Last starting a Verizon IndyCar Series event in 2011, the 36-year-old is back in the series with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for Sunday’s 101st running …

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Helio Castroneves Tops Final Indy 500 Practice

(Photo: Bret Kelley)

Team Penske may have struggled in qualifying, but they have the last laugh before Sunday’s 101st Indianapolis 500. Helio Castroneves led the way in the extended one-hour session, ripping around the 2.5-mile track in 39.5819 seconds (227.377 mph). The three-time race winner ran 28 laps and was more than a full tenth of a second …

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Aric Almirola With Richmond Top 10: ‘We Needed That’

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Storming out of the gate with a top-five finish in February’s Daytona 500, it’s been another tough season for Richard Petty Motorsports and Aric Almirola. In fact, you could call that 500-miler their only bright spot through the opening eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, which have seen only one top-15 finish since the season …

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Joey Logano Wins a Hot One at Richmond

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Following the green flag, Joey Logano wasn’t the Team Penske car expected to take the win Sunday at Richmond International Raceway. With teammate Brad Keselowski leading 109 laps in the Toyota Owners 400, Logano, instead took the victory after pit strategy mixed up the top runners. For Logano, the win is the first of 2017, …

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Kyle Larson Wins, Justin Allgaier Loses in Bizarre Richmond Finish

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Kyle Larson grabbed the victory in Saturday’s ToyotaCare 250 from Richmond International Raceway after a caution ended the race under caution. With Justin Allgaier running in second, there was confusion on when the caution flew and why the caution lights were lit. Despite the controversy, the victory was Larson’s second of 2017 and seventh of …

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Kyle Larson Quickest in Richmond Happy Hour

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Kyle Larson topped the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field Saturday at Richmond International Raceway for Happy Hour. The No. 42 driver, who starts 18th for Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400, ripped around the Virginia track in 22.675 seconds (119.074 mph). Second behind Larson was Martin Truex Jr. followed by Jimmie Johnson. Rookie Erik Jones won …

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For Dale Earnhardt Jr., It’s Friendships Over Trophies

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Having announced his retirement from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the end of 2017, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss a few things on the weekly circus of NASCAR racing. After holding one of the quickest cars any time the field takes the green in Hendrick Motorsports, Earnhardt has earned nine wins for Rick Hendrick, …

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