Race Weekend Central

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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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Shines in the Broadcast Booth

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Talladega is always an interesting race weekend.  Where the camera focuses is less of an issue than normal because most of the field sticks together.  However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is perfect. Hellmann’s 500 Sunday brought on another cutoff race for the Sprint Cup Series at Talladega.  Stomachs were churning, people dealt with …

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Mexico Series to Return in 2017 with Peak as Title Sponsor

On Tuesday, NASCAR announced that Old World Industries’ PEAK brand will serve as the new title sponsor for the NASCAR Mexico Series, starting in 2017.  The NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will race in 2017 on a suite of ovals and road courses in a schedule that will be announced at a later date.  Prior to that, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Chris Buescher Impresses In Broadcast Debut

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Last weekend, we had three interesting races at Kansas Speedway.  They were different races, but each had their charms.  We also had three approaches to these races. Before we get going, FOX Sports announced a new online offering last Thursday.  Danielle Trotta and Kaitlyn Vincie will host a new digital show, Off Track, that will …

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Potential 2017 Sprint Cup Rules Leaked?

Motorsport.com’s Lee Spencer is reporting that Sprint Cup teams have been given a list of rules for the 2017 season.  There are seven changes of note, the biggest of which involves downforce. Under the new rules, if implemented, spoiler height will be cut from 3.5 inches to 2.375 inches, a decrease of just over 32 …

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Martinsville Speedway to Add Lights for 2017

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On Wednesday afternoon, Martinsville Speedway held a press conference featuring luminaries such as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. where they announced a brand-new lighting project.  Martinsville Speedway will be the first race track in the country to be fully lit using energy-efficient LED bulbs.  The $5 million project, dubbed “Light Up Martinsville,” will begin after the Goody’s Fast …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Messy Weather, Messy NBC NASCAR Coverage

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Last weekend was a mess for NBC Sports and NASCAR in general.  Both races scheduled for last weekend were postponed due to rains from Hurricane Matthew.  Friday was a complete washout with heavy rains, while Saturday saw the race called early enough that some were openly wondering why.  However, drizzle continued well into the night …

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Pirelli World Challenge Championship Scenarios

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

This weekend, Pirelli World Challenge holds their final races of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  More than half a dozen championships are on the line in California.  This piece will show you what to look for.  All races this weekend can be watched live on Pirelli World Challenge’s live stream at world-challenge.com. Grand …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Chase Stymies Dover Enjoyment

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Author’s Note: This week, we’re going to keep this column to just the Cup race.  I will cover the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series races later this week. Martin Truex, Jr. kicked some butt on Sunday.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was more than fine with that. I can appreciate a good ass kicking. Some might call …

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Park Place Motorsports Loses 2nd in GTD Due to Drive-Time Violation

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On Monday, IMSA held the WeatherTech Night of Champions at the Georgia Aquarium, where the champions were crowned.  However, before trophies could be award, champions feted and even before Vanessa Carlton could perform, IMSA released revised results for Saturday’s Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.  Normally, this is just a formality, but …

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