Race Weekend Central

Denny Hamlin Out-Runs Chaos to Win Richmond

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

When cars are crashing around the checkered flag, you know it’s been a wild night of racing. For Denny Hamlin, most of the chaos in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway happened in his mirror, as the pole-sitter drove to victory at his home track. Leading 189 laps, Hamlin held off …

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Kevin Harvick ‘Done Being Cheerleader’ After Another Pit Road Mishap in Darlington

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

When somebody leads 214 of 367 laps of the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and fails to get the win, frustration is not only natural, but it’s expected. For Kevin Harvick, the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing driver blew the doors off the competition in the early going, leading the opening 93 circuits from pole before …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Pulls Away for Southern 500 Win

(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

After leading 214 of 367 laps, it was Kevin Harvick who was expected to close the deal in Sunday’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. However, Martin Truex, Jr., who pulled away from Harvick on the final restart, took his first win at Darlington and second of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season after leading 28 …

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Elliott Sadler Outlasts Denny Hamlin for 1st Darlington Victory

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Elliott Sadler, leading the most laps of the afternoon at Darlington Raceway, almost threw the victory away… twice. With two laps to go in Saturday’s VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200, it was Sadler who brushed the wall in turn two, giving hard-charging Denny Hamlin a shot to steal the win. “Those last two …

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Brad Keselowski Paces Final Darlington Practice

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Brad Keselowski led the way in final practice for the Sprint Cup Series field at Darlington Raceway after ripping around the 1.366-mile track in 28.157 seconds. At a speed of 174.649 mph, Keselowski, who led 196 laps in last year’s Southern 500, led Kurt Busch by a full tenth of a second. Jimmie Johnson, Kasey …

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Jimmie Johnson Quickest in 1st Darlington Cup Practice

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Though it’s a throwback weekend, Jimmie Johnson topping Sprint Cup Series practice is nothing old. At a lap time of 27.937 seconds [176.025 mph], Johnson was quickest during the 85-minute practice session at Darlington Raceway. Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney completed the top 3, as the field made their first laps of the weekend after …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Juan Pablo Montoya Has Eyes Set on Future Despite Colorful Past

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Any time you’re on a three-man list alongside Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney, you’ve done pretty well in your time behind the wheel of a racecar. For Juan Pablo Montoya, after tasting victory in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Verizon IndyCar Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he can proudly call himself one of …

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Ryan Hunter-Reay, Mikhail Aleshin Come Up Short of Pocono Victory

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Though they were two of the quickest cars in Monday’s ABC Supply 500 from Pocono Raceway, a checkered flag was not in the cards for both Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mikhail Aleshin. Coming home second and third behind winner, Will Power, their two winless seasons will continue onto the final three races of the 2016 Verizon …

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Simon Pagenaud Crashes, Impacts Championship Picture in Pocono

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Pocono Raceway has solidified itself as a championship cruncher once again. Following a balancing act with Graham Rahal and Juan Pablo Montoya in 2015, Monday’s rain-postponed ABC Supply 500 returned with unpredictability, as point leader Simona Pagenaud slammed the wall in Turn 1. “The car bottomed [out] and went straight into the wall, so I …

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Alexander Rossi Launches Over Helio Castroneves in Pit Road Crash

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

With eyes on the racetrack, pit lane in Pocono Raceway ended up having one of the scariest moments of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. During a green-flag pit cycle on Lap 64 of 200 in Monday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono, a three-car accident occurred halfway down pit lane, involving Charlie Kimball, Alexander Rossi …

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