NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Matt Kenseth Docked 15 Points Following Loudon Win

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The race-winning team from Loudon was penalized following post-race inspection. Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 team was docked 15 points and crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $25,000 for failing laser inspection following the New Hampshire 301. Multiple teams were warned for failing pre-qualifying inspection. The No. 1 of Jamie McMurray, No. 3 of Austin Dillon, …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Out At Least Another Two Weeks; Jeff Gordon to Sub

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While one star won’t be racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend and Pocono Raceway the next, another star will be stepping out of retirement to fill in. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who missed Loudon last weekend due to concussion-like symptoms, will again miss the Sprint Cup shows this weekend at Indy and the following week …

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Double Take: New Kentucky Surface Could Lead to Troubles for Past Winners

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NASCAR is heading to a brand-new track this weekend: Kentucky Speedway. OK, it’s not new in the sense that teams have never been to the facility before, but in the fact that the track itself has undergone a huge renovation in the past year. Gone is the old asphalt, bumpy and rough and tough to …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Plate Racing the Best Form of Racing?

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What makes for great racing? Is it close-quarters beatin’ and bangin’? A mix of strategy and engineering? How about fuel mileage? Is that too slow? Then how about pure, unadulterated speed? Short tracks, road courses, intermediates, plate races: is any one type of track more conducive to great racing? Based on television numbers, it would …

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Subs Brett Moffitt, Parker Kligerman Lead Truck Practices

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The Camping World Truck Series took to the newly-reconfigured Kentucky Speedway for two practice sessions on Wednesday, and substitute drivers led both events. Parker Kligerman, subbing for John Wes Townley in the No. 05 truck, won the first practice with a fast lap of 179.099 mph. Rookie William Byron was second (179.075), Kyle Busch third …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. Fined $15,000 for ‘Muppets’ Tweet

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Darrell Wallace, Jr. spoke his mind on Friday, and for that, he was fined Wednesday. NASCAR docked Wallace $15,000 for calling NASCAR officials “Muppets” on Twitter following the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway on July 1. The tweet was in reference to the timing of the final caution flag of the race, …

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4 Burning Questions: Can Tony Stewart Go Back-to-Back at Daytona?

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1. Can Tony Stewart Go Back-to-Back? Tony Stewart stunned the NASCAR world in January when he announced he’d broken his back just weeks before starting his final tour on the Sprint Cup Series circuit. He stunned it again when he returned just three months later, showing up basically unannounced to race at Richmond International Raceway. …

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2-Headed Monster: Will Sonoma Be Tony Stewart’s Final Victory?

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Rare is it for a driver to break a huge winless streak, and even rarer is it for the streak to be broken by a driver over 40. You see, as drivers age their production tends to decrease and by the time they retire, they are running as a ghost of their past self, putting …

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Fines, But No Suspensions for John Wes Townley, Spencer Gallagher

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On Wednesday, NASCAR announced only monetary fines and probation for John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher following their scuffle in the Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway last Saturday night. Townley was fined $15,000 and Gallagher $12,500 for their fight in turns 1 and 2. The skirmish occurred after the two crashed heading into …

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Double Take: No Video Game Cover Jinx for NASCAR Stars

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Garrison Hearst. Dorsey Levens. Daunte Culpepper. Michael Vick. Troy Polamalu. No, these aren’t obscure drivers from NASCAR’s past. They’re all football players, one-time superstars of the NFL who were chosen at one point to be the cover athlete of EA Sports’ Madden video game franchise. And they all saw their careers go south following the honor. …

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