Race Weekend Central

Off the Wall With: Sam Hornish Jr.

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In the spotlight this week: NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and IndyCar champion Sam Hornish Jr. What’s fun besides racing? Sam Hornish Jr.: It all depends. Some days it is helping my daughters out with art projects or whatever they have going on. Other days it is building stuff out of wood or metal. I don’t …

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Austin Dillon Wins Race for the Cure 300, Sweeps Charlotte Xfinity Races in 2015

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Austin Dillon earned the pole for Friday night’s Xfinity race at Charlotte Motor Speedway but when the green flag flew he had anything but a dominant car. Dillon led the first five laps but surrendered the lead to Kasey Kahne, as his car simply wasn’t handling to his liking and he drifted back into the field. His crew …

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Austin Dillon Wins 2015 Race for the Cure 300 Pole at Charlotte

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Austin Dillon climbed the ladder during Xfinity Series qualifying and reached the top run in the final session to claim the pole for Friday night’s Race for the Cure 300. Dillon turned a lap of 29.424 seconds at a speed of 183.524 mph to put himself on the pole. Kasey Kahne will start alongside Dillon …

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Kurt Busch Fastest in 2nd Practice for 2015 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

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The first of two practice sessions on Friday saw Kurt Busch lay down the fast lap of the session. Busch ran 45 laps during the session, but it was the very first lap that was the quickest. Busch tripped the timing and scoring light with a lap of 28.606 seconds (188.772 mph). Second on the …

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Tech Talk: New Father Matt Puccia Talks Charlotte, Gear Ratios

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The Chase for the Championship in the Cup Series is stressful and intense. When teams are not in that mix, the focus changes to preparing for next year and trying to win a race for your sponsor and team in the current season. Matt Puccia is trying to finish the season strong with his driver …

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Kasey Kahne Fastest in Final Practice for the 2015 Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte

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The top drivers in Xfinity Series practice were Cup drivers, but the best NXS drivers were right there with them when the red and black flags flew for final practice. Kasey Kahne ran 41 laps in practice, but it was the very first lap that was the quickest. Kahne tripped the timing beam at 29.928 …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 AAA 400 at Dover

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Who’s in the headline – Kevin Harvick dominated the race and dominated the headlines. He drove from a 15th-place starting spot, due to qualifying being rained out, to the lead in just 23 laps. From then on, Harvick led 355 of the final 377 laps, only losing the lead during pit stops when drivers took two …

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Tech Talk: Huge Loads and Optimum Cambers with Jason Ratcliff

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Winning fixes everything, even if there wasn’t anything broken. Matt Kenseth, Jason Ratcliff and the No. 20 team played strategy well at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and came home with the victory last weekend. There are many things that come into play for a team to win a Cup Series race and the historic trends don’t …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire

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Who’s in the headline – The headlines are crowded after Loudon, but Matt Kenseth gets the bold print. Kevin Harvick tried to stretch fuel but came up two laps short and Brad Keselowski was penalized for jumping a restart, which took him out of contention for the win. Kenseth was the driver who conserved his equipment …

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