NASCAR Race Weekend Central


Keselowski Faces Adversity in Kansas, Finishes Sixth Following a week of harsh penalties due to illegal rear end housing in Texas, 2012 champion Brad Keselowski was already starting from behind over the weekend in Kansas Speedway. A tough day began when the green flag flew for the first time in the STP 400. During the …

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Tracking the Trucks: SFP 250

*In a Nutshell:* Matt Crafton took the checkered flag 0.167 seconds ahead of Joey Coulter to score his third career victory in Saturday afternoon’s SFP 250 from Kansas Speedway. Crafton took the lead with fresher tires for the second and final time on lap 138, and despite numerous challenges from Coulter, he led the final 30 laps to become the 13th different winner in 13 events at the speedway. Rookie Ryan Blaney, Brendan Gaughan and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top 5.

Snitching: It’s the “Self-Policing”


“If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.”

It’s a mantra you hear echoed in NASCAR rather often, and some people actually mean it! I mean, after all, a sport built on moonshine and running away from police _has_ to be built on integrity, right?

Alas, teams bending and twisting the rules to find an advantage over their competitors is as old as racing itself, NASCAR or otherwise. Yet somehow every time a team is found to have either been out of bounds in NASCAR’s rulebooks or at least close to it, everyone reacts with, well, shock. They’re called a series of nasty names and noses are slightly turned up at their audacity to even think about trying to make their cars faster. How _dare_ they.

Matt Crafton Wins SFP 250

Matt Crafton scored his third career Camping World Truck Series victory Saturday afternoon at Kansas Speedway when he took the checkered flag 0.167 seconds ahead of Joey Coulter. Rookie Ryan Blaney, Brendan Gaughan and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top 5. In a race that slowed by 11 cautions and a 12 minutes 46 second …

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Matt Kenseth Fastest in Final Practice

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice ended the same way qualifying ended on Friday: With Matt Kenseth on top. Kenseth paced final practice at a speed of 188.712 mph. Aric Almirola was second, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya. Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top five. Practice went incident free until the final …

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James Buescher on Pole for SFP 250

Turner Scott Motorsports swept the top three spots for this afternoon’s Camping World Truck Series race from Kansas Speedway. James Buescher, who led both practice sessions on Friday, will start on the pole (178.306 mph) alongside Miguel Paludo. Rookie Jeb Burton, Johnny Sauter and Ty Dillon round out the top 5. Speeds increased throughout the …

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Juan Pablo Montoya Quickest in Second Practice

Juan Pablo Montoya paced Saturday’s first practice session at Kansas Speedway, clocking in at 28.321 seconds at 190.671 mph. Rookie Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was second quickest, followed by Aric Almirola, Greg Biffle, and Carl Edwards. Pole-sitter Matt Kenseth was 15th fastest. Full results: 1. Juan Pablo Montoya 2. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 3. Aric Almirola 4. …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Can James Buescher Repeat? He Talks Kansas And Title Expectations


_Turner Scott Motorsports driver James Buescher is running his fifth full-time season in the Camping World Truck Series. After showing solid improvement throughout the years, last season he finally broke through to victory lane at Kansas Speedway and followed that win up with three more before closing on the season as the 2012 champion. This season hasn’t quite started out the way the driver of the No. 31 team had hoped for, but with top-15 results in all three events so far, Buescher looks to improve upon that performance today._

_Buescher, who led both practice sessions from Kansas, took some time out on Friday afternoon to sit down with’s Beth Lunkenheimer to talk about coming back to the site of his first career victory._

Beyond the Cockpit: Matt Crafton On His Start, Short Tracks And Menards

_Matt Crafton has been competing in the Camping World Truck Series since his debut race in 2000 in a Duke Thorson owned Truck. This past weekend he set the record for consecutive starts in the series with his 297 run, still in a Thorson truck. All but 25 of Crafton’s record setting starts have been in a ThorSport truck. He spent the 2004 season in a Kevin Harvick Truck before returning to his long time owner and friend Duke Thorson._

_Crafton has garnered two wins in the Truck Series during his impressive streak and has also had a myriad of teammates in 13 years of driving for ThorSport. While Crafton stays focused throughout the Truck season, he knows how to have some fun in the off-season. He runs a sand rail around in the desert, not far from his home in the Southwest but also loves running on some of the most historic tracks. He sat down with Mike Neff at Rockingham to discuss a vast assortment of things pertaining to racing and not so much._

Happiness Is … A Packed Weekend In April

There was a full slate of racing last weekend: Nationwide, Cup, F1, Trucks. It was more than enough of a gamut to give gearheads their fill. The stories have been punched out, so now it’s time to go through some of the highlights that make motorsports so much fun right before the next weekend sneaks up upon us. Without further hubbub…

*Happiness is… night racing.*
Short tracks claim that when Nationwide or Cup run on weekend nights that their attendance dwindles. Got it. But there’s something to be said for racing at night and for encouraging more of it from the national series. To start, and this may seem banal, but the cars just look cooler. For all of the reshaping that has taken place in the past couple years, these two series now feature cars that ‘resemble’ something like everyday cars. Resemble is used loosely. Under the lights the cars shine and all of the work that goes into styling them becomes evident.

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