Race Weekend Central

Action Express Racing Sweeps Thursday COTA Practices

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On Thursday, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams took to the 3.4-mile course at Circuit of the Americas for what was originally scheduled as two one-hour sessions.  The first session ultimately ended up being extended, though. Session No. 1 No one was able to set a lap in the first session before trouble stuck the No. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Charges Into Chase Coverage

If you’ve read Couch Potato Tuesday in recent years, then you know that I’m not exactly a fan of this time of year when it comes to race broadcasts.  The Chase focus drives me up the wall.  The Chase completely takes precedence over the race.  Everything is couched in the Chase.  This year, its worse …

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IMSA Gives the Porsche 911 GT3 R Help with BoP

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On Thursday, IMSA released two more technical bulletins for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  These bulletins concern rule changes ahead of the Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas.  Unlike the last round at VIRginia International Raceway, there are some substantial changes. As you’ve seen here at Frontstretch, one of the biggest stories in IMSA …

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Death Wish Coffee to Sponsor Ty Dillon at Dover

Richard Childress Racing announced on Wednesday that they reached a deal that will see Death Wish Coffee, a Round Lake, N.Y.-based brand of coffee, serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 95 Chevrolet of Ty Dillon that will run under the banner of Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing at Dover in October.  Death Wish Coffee is a …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC NASCAR Throwback Weekend Brings Smiles, Questions

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Labor Day weekend is always an interesting one in the world of motorsports.  Darlington has re-claimed the weekend for Sprint Cup and the XFINITY Series, making it stand out in the process.  The trucks spent the weekend in Canada at a venue known for good action and questionable finishes.  It did not disappoint in either aspect. …

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WeatherTech Racing to Field PWC Entries in Final Two Events

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A little over two weeks ago, Alex Job Racing announced the withdrawal of the No. 22 WeatherTech Racing Porsche from the remainder of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, citing issues with Balance of Performance (BoP) that they believe renders the Porsche uncompetitive in the GT Daytona class.  At the time, RACER’s Marshall Pruett noted a …

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Brad Keselowski Docked 10 Points for Failing Post-Race Laser Inspection

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On Wednesday, NASCAR released their weekly penalty report.  It contained a wide assortment of warnings, but one graded penalty as well. Brad Keselowski‘s No. 2 Miller Lite Ford flunked the post-race laser inspection on Sunday at Michigan.  It is a penalty that has happened multiple times recently. NASCAR ended up assessing the No. 2 team a P2-level …

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Betty Jane France Dies

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Early Tuesday morning, NASCAR announced that Betty Jane France, the widow of former NASCAR CEO Bill France, Jr. and the mother of current CEO Brian France, died on Monday after an illness. Prior to her death, France served as the executive vp and treasurer of NASCAR.  Additionally, she was the chairwoman emeritus of the NASCAR Foundation. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Always Tell Viewers Why the Caution Is Out

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Low-downforce racing is always interesting; my takeaway so far of the three low-downforce races is that the package makes NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars handle a little like the trucks in the Camping World Truck Series — very susceptible to being swept around. However, we only have Kentucky and Michigan International speedways to base this …

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