Race Weekend Central

Circle Sport, The Motorsports Group Merge for 2017

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Two organizations will join forces when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series takes the green at Daytona International Speedway in February. Joe Falk of Circle Sport and Curtis Key of The Motorsports Group [TMG], announced Friday (Jan. 6) that they will combine resources to field a full-time No. 33 Chevrolet entry in 2017. Though the …

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Daniel Suarez Dominates Homestead to Win XFINITY Championship

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Pole, most laps led and a race victory. Daniel Suarez had it all Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win his first XFINITY Series championship in his second season. Steering clear of an off-the-pace Cole Whitt, whose TriStar Motorsports team decided not to pit under the final caution, Suarez held off Ty Dillon to win the …

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Kyle Larson Sweeps XFINITY Practices at Homestead

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Riding his patented high line at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kyle Larson posted the quick time in final practice for the XFINITY Series. Pushing his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet to 170.487 mph, Larson topped Chaser Daniel Suarez by 0.117 seconds. Close in their wake was the second-highest Chaser in Erik Jones, who finished third ahead …

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Joey Logano Grabs Thrilling Phoenix Victory Toward Championship 4 Berth

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

When the No. 20 of Matt Kenseth left a wall of smoke in the first turn of Phoenix International Raceway, it was a now-or-never moment for Joey Logano. Sitting in a tie with Kyle Busch for the final position in the Championship 4, Logano took advantage of a late crash to grab the victory in …

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William Byron Earns 2nd Truck Series Pole at Phoenix

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker NKP)

Though he’s a six-time winner in 2016, William Byron had only one pole in his Camping World Truck Series rookie season. That was until he ripped around Phoenix International Raceway Friday night at a speed of 138.254 mph, where he grabbed pole No. 2 in his No. 9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. “Feels great for …

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Brennan Poole Leads Final XFINITY Practice in Phoenix

In preparation for the penultimate race of the 2016 season, the XFINITY Series wrapped up their practice sessions Friday at Phoenix International Speedway. While eight teams will decide the series’ Final 4 drivers next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway, it was a non-Chaser who led the way on the 1-mile track. Despite winning five of the …

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Carl Edwards Wins Rain-Shortened AAA Texas 500, Advances to Championship 4

(Photo: Brett Moist NKP)

The very thing that kept Carl Edwards out of the Championship 4 in 2015 had his back Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. That thing, of course, was rain. Following a five-hour weather delay to start the afternoon in Texas, the rain returned with 42 laps to go, giving race leader Carl Edwards the race victory. …

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David Ragan Carrying Momentum into Goody’s Fast Relief 500

(Photo: Russell LaBounty NKP)

For David Ragan, Martinsville Speedway would be an ideal place to have a season-best performance. Though it’s been a trying season for Ragan, who is in the closing stages of his first year with BK Racing, this weekend at Martinsville has been a breath of fresh air for more than one reason. Kicking off with …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Wins 2nd Straight Pole of 2016

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

For the second consecutive week, it’s Martin Truex, Jr. who will lead the field to green in the Sprint Cup Series. Winning the pole last week at Talladega – the biggest, fastest track on the circuit – Truex came to the shortest and slowest track of Martinsville Speedway and backed it up, winning his fifth …

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Chase Elliott’s Title Run Ends in Talladega

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Back-to-back finishes of 33rd and 31st made the task simple for Chase Elliott Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway: Win. Though the 20-year-old’s day didn’t end in Victory Lane, he was looking strong in the early going, as he led nine laps on five occasions in the opening 80 laps in Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500. A 12th-place finish was …

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