NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Goodyear Tire Test Announced for Homestead…With Caveats

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On Wednesday, Goodyear announced an upcoming tire test that will be held on August 26th (after Bristol) at Homestead-Miami Speedway, site of the final race of the season. However, with the race now a winner-take-all affair for the championship, NASCAR has insisted upon special ground rules as to who can participate. NASCAR has ruled that …

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Thrivent Financial to Sponsor Leavine Family Racing

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On Wednesday, Leavine Family Racing announced that Thrivent Financial, an Appleton, WI and Minneapolis, MN-based financial services company, has signed on to serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 95 Ford and driver Michael McDowell in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23rd. In addition, Thrivent Financial will serve …

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Greg Ives to Serve as Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Crew Chief in 2015

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On Wednesday, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Greg Ives, currently the crew chief for Chase Elliott’s No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports, will serve as crew chief of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series starting in 2015. Ives will be replacing Steve …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Throws Kitchen Sink At NASCAR In Final Season

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ESPN has been part of the 2014 season due to its year-long tenure as the broadcaster of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, but last weekend, the network hit the true beginning of the end with the start of its final season of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage. But how, exactly, did ESPN fare as it expanded …

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Ragan, Dillon Lead Nationwide Practices

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The 42 Nationwide Series teams were on track bright and early on Friday morning for their practice sessions for Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Practicing at 8:30 AM may not be the best preparation for a race that starts just shy of 5 PM EDT, but the teams did their best …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Gives Nationwide Regulars Rare Respect

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Last weekend, the Sprint Cup Series had their final off-weekend of the season. While some drivers took the week off and went off on vacation, others were still on the track. And some writers, like myself, were even busier than on a normal weekend with a Cup race. That’s because Chicagoland Speedway hosted a doubleheader …

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