Race Weekend Central

Kyle Busch Just Barely Fastest in Opening XFINITY Phoenix Practice

(Photo: Zach Catanzaresi)

This weekend, Kyle Busch is back in the XFINITY Series for his final start of the season.  Since he was in the Chase for the Sprint Cup last season, he is barred from racing in next weekend’s Ford EcoBoost 300.  So far, he’s looking good to cap off his support season with a good run. …

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William Byron Quickest in Opening Phoenix Truck Practice

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Early on Friday morning, the 33 trucks entered in tonight’s Lucas Oil 150 took to the Phoenix International Raceway tri-oval for its first practice session.  The results were not all that different from the rest of the season. Kyle Busch Motorsports’ William Byron turned in the fastest lap of the session on his final lap on-track. …

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NASCAR Penalizes Nearly Two Dozen Teams in Texas

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

On Wednesday, NASCAR released the weekly penalty report stemming from Texas.  Compared to recent weeks, this one was quite the doozy. In the Sprint Cup Series, Joey Logano‘s No. 22 Ford that finished second Sunday night was found to have one loose lugnut.  As a result, the No. 22 has been hit with a P2 …

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Riley Motorsports Switches to Mercedes, SunEnergy1 Racing Reforms

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On Wednesday, Mercedes officially announced their entry into the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the new V8-powered Mercedes AMG GT3.  Riley Motorsports will serve as the primary team for the manufacturer, which will not field a factory squad in the GT Daytona class.  Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen will return to the team for their …

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WeatherTech Racing Switches to Mercedes for 2017

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On Wednesday morning, WeatherTech Racing made two announcements for the upcoming 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  First off, the team itself has moved away from Alex Job Racing.  It will now compete as the second team affiliated with Riley Motorsports, using the No. 50.  Cooper MacNeil, son of WeatherTech CEO David MacNeil, will drive with …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Decent Despite Dearth of Texas Racing

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All three of NASCAR’s national series visited Texas Motor Speedway last weekend, with two races run under the lights, which wouldn’t be out of the ordinary, except only one — the Camping World Truck Series event on Friday — was actually planned to be. But rain threatened the running of the AAA Texas 500 in …

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Matt DiBenedetto Out After Wreck, Jeffrey Earnhardt to Sub

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

On Saturday afternoon, Matt DiBenedetto had a hard crash during the XFINITY Series’ O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.  The No. 14 Toyota went hard into the turn 3 wall on lap 134 unassisted.  He dropped his window net shortly after coming to a stop, signaling to safety crews that he was alright. “I’m …

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Acura Announces 2017 NSX GT3 Driver Lineup

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On Tuesday, Acura unveiled their full-time driver lineup for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge factory efforts at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.  The lineup consists of solid, veteran talent.  Note that the car pictured above is the Acura TLX-GT, raced in Pirelli World Challenge by RealTime Racing.  It will be …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Martinsville Exposes Cracks In NBC’s Coverage

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Martinsville Speedway typically brings close quarters, tire issues and some frayed tempers.  Last weekend, we got some of that.  As far as I know, no punches were thrown.  Two drivers clinched their spots in the Championship 4 at Homestead for their respective series and fans on hand got a good show…most of the time. Goody’s …

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Audi Pulling Out of WEC at End of 2016

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On Wednesday, Audi Sport announced that they are “realigning our motorsport strategy.”  As a result, Audi will be pulling out of the FIA World Endurance Championship at the end of the 2016 season and shutting down their prototype program after 18 years.  In its place, Audi Sport will launch a new factory-supported program for the budget-capped FIA …

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