Race Weekend Central

Austin Dillon Quickest in Both 2015 O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Practices at Texas

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On Thursday, the Xfinity Series held both of their practice sessions for Friday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Both of those sessions ended the same way. Austin Dillon was at the top of the list. In the first practice session, Austin turned in a lap at 29.527 seconds (182.883 mph) to top …

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NASCAR to Expand Bandwidth to Expedite Penalty Explanations

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NASCAR.com’s Kenny Bruce reported on Tuesday that starting this weekend in Texas, technology will be available that will allow the sanctioning body to quickly send videos of pit infractions directly to the pit boxes in the Sprint Cup Series. Such a move would allow teams to be able to figure out their mistakes more quickly. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: A Look at FOX Sports’ Changes After 6 Weeks

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I hope everyone enjoyed Easter weekend. I know that the NASCAR teams did, none more so than the road crews. With the West Coast Swing that took up three of the first six weeks of the season, many of the truck drivers had spent fewer than 10 days at home since Daytona. Some of the …

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Kyle Larson Released from Hospital; Still Waiting on Approval to Race

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On Tuesday, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced that Kyle Larson was released from a Charlotte-area hospital on Monday night. The sophomore driver spent two days in the hospital after fainting during an autograph session at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The hospital stay forced Larson to miss the STP 500 on Sunday. According …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Martinsville Serves as Showcase for FOX Sports 1

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Last weekend saw the Sprint Cup Series compete in the first of what will be seven point races (plus the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race) on FOX Sports 1. It’s a pretty big deal. Last week, I noted that I would cover the Verizon IndyCar Series opener here in Couch Potato Tuesday as well. …

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Qualifying Round 1 Lengthened, While Plate Format Could Change Again?

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On Tuesday, NASCAR sent a bulletin to teams indicating that the length of the first round in group qualifying will be extended from 15 to 20 minutes at short and intermediate tracks, starting this Friday in Martinsville. The move is designed to make it easier for teams (especially at short tracks) to be able to …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dreaded Debris Rears Its Head Again

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Auto Club Speedway hosted a couple of relatively staid races last weekend. I cannot put it any better than that. However, FOX Sports still has a job to do, and that is to give viewers a good broadcast. Before we get into the critique, I wish I had good news to report in regards to …

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Brian Vickers Out 3 Months Minimum (Update: Brett Moffitt Subbing at Martinsville)

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Update: Brett Moffitt will fill in for Brian Vickers yet again this weekend at Martinsville Speedway as Moffitt recovers from blood clots. Chris Buescher will again pilot Front Row Motorsports’ No. 34 in Moffitt’s place. On Sunday afternoon, Vickers appeared on FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR RaceDay to set the record straight about his latest medical setback. …

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Talladega Superspeedway to Add New SAFER Barriers

Talladega Superspeedway announced on Thursday that they will be adding additional SAFER barriers at the 2.66-mile tri-oval ahead of the spring NASCAR weekend at the beginning of May.  According to Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch, the new SAFER Barriers will be located on the inside of turns 1 and 3, in addition to at the …

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