NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Garrett Smithley on getting his start in racing, theatre background

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Garrett Smithley’s time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with JD Motorsports has been spent in the middle of the pack, which ultimately is a win for the small, underfunded organization. In his third consecutive full-time season driving for JD, Smithley has amassed one top five and two top-10 finishes, the best results of his short career. He …

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Fire on Friday: The Roller Coaster Career of Kasey Kahne

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(Photo: John K. Harrelson / NKP)

Kasey Kahne‘s NASCAR career, for all intents and purposes, is now over. The fact that it’s happening in 2018 is borderline unfathomable given his quick success in the early stages of his career. Kahne busted through the door and said, “WHAT’S UP, EVERYBODY?” in 2004, earning 13 top fives and 14 top 10s en route …

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Bubba Wallace Thriving in Smaller Team at Richard Petty Motorsports

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Photo: Danny Peters

Bubba Wallace’s Rookie of the Year campaign has had its fair share of ups and downs. Through the first 29 races, the Mobile, Alabama native has amassed two top 10s and one top-five finish in the season-opening Daytona 500. Talk about starting off with a bang. But Wallace’s career has been a unique one. From the K&N Pro …

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Fire on Friday: The Young Buck Stops Here

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

So… about that younger generation that’s taking NASCAR by storm… yeah. That, well, didn’t happen this year. And it might’ve been a surprise to everybody besides the drivers themselves. Leading into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, nearly all the hype was surrounding the next wave of talent. Chase Elliott. Ryan Blaney. Bubba …

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Chase Elliott Leads Laps, Brings Home Top 5 at Richmond

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For a moment, it looked like Saturday night could wind up being a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory for Chase Elliott. But after leading 34 laps in stage two, the No. 9 began to fade in stage three, and a fourth-place finish was the result for the Dawsonville, Ga. native following the 400-lap, …

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Austin Dillon On Top 10 at Richmond: ‘We Just Gotta Keep it Up’

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Austin Dillon‘s sixth-place run in Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 from Richmond Raceway flew a bit under the radar, as the night’s headlines were dominated by Kyle Busch‘s victory and the lack of yellow flags. But Dillon’s top-10 result, coming on the heels of his 11th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend, was a …

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Ross Chastain Closes Book on CGR Chapter with Runner-Up

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The opportunity of a lifetime has come to an end for Ross Chastain. The driver of the No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing brought his car home for a second-place finish in the GoBowling 250 at Richmond Raceway, his third and final scheduled event participating in that car this season. Looking back …

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Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski Set the Pace Early at Richmond Raceway

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski were quickest in the two practice sessions ahead of Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway. Busch’s lap of 121.190 mph (22.279 seconds) around the 3.4-mile short-track was quickest in the first session, with Aric Almirola (22.320), Erik Jones (22.370), Ty Dillon (22.404) and AJ Allmendinger (22.449) rounding …

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