Race Weekend Central

Eyes on XFINITY: Roush Fenway Racing’s Winning Streak in Jeopardy

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This weekend, all three of NASCAR’s national touring series will race at Texas Motor Speedway.  In its 20-year history, the mile-and-a-half track in Fort Worth has often been referred to as a House of Roush.  Indeed, the Roush Fenway Racing organization is no stranger to success at Texas.  Of the 31 Sprint Cup events at TMS, Roush’s …

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The Frontstretch 5: Memorable Championship Battles

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1. NASCAR Sprint Cup (Winston Cup) Series, 1979 My favorite championship battle is 1979. If I could go back in time, I would go in a minute, and I would have it take me back to 1979. That was the year where a youngster named Darrell Waltrip and the King of NASCAR Richard Petty battled …

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Pace Laps: Martinsville Madness and XFINITY Point Battles

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Sprint Cup: Racing for every point, right? – With the Sprint Cup Series Chase now down to eight drivers, only half of them will move on to the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. You didn’t have to tell Denny Hamlin that as the No. 11 held off Joe Gibbs Racing teammates in the closing laps …

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Eyes on XFINITY: A Return to Martinsville Could Put Lights to Use

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NASCAR fans will be treated to some great short track racing this weekend.  The Chases in both the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series continue at Martinsville Speedway, the half-mile paper clip-shaped track in the Southern Virginia hills.  The XFINITY Series, meanwhile, gets one more weekend off. It is a shame that NASCAR’s …

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Pace Laps: RPM’s Banner Day and Minor League Playoff Battles

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Sprint Cup: Banner day for Richard Petty Motorsports in Talladega – Talladega Superspeedway has always been open for opportunity for even the smallest of teams in the Sprint Cup Series. With the weekend starting off with an eyebrow-raising qualifying effort by Premium Motorsports driver Reed Sorenson, it ended with a double-top-10 day for Richard Petty …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Chasing Out the Sprint Cup Drivers?

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Earlier this week, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell made a comment about Sprint Cup drivers racing in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series.  O’Donnell hinted that the sanctioning body could make an announcement soon regarding a plan to limit participation by Sprint Cup regulars in these lower divisions. …

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Pace Laps: Joe Gibbs Racing Getting Beat and the XFINITY Series Chase Gets Spicy at Kansas

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Sprint Cup: Joe Gibbs Racing Getting Outrun? Halfway through the Chase, Joe Gibbs Racing finds itself in a fantastic spot. Three of their four cars enter Talladega with a large points cushion while their fourth, Denny Hamlin, remains within striking distance. They’ve experienced success with satellite team Martin Truex, Jr., also in strong position to make the Round of …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Busch Wins While Chasers Struggle

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While the XFINITY Series Chasers were crashing into each other, Kyle Busch was busy crashing the Chase party.  Busch picked up his ninth win of the season and 85th XFINITY win overall, taking the checkered flag in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. “This Nos Energy Drink Toyota was awesome today,” Busch said in …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Is Erik Jones the Title Favorite Again?

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Erik Jones’ lackluster first round of the XFINITY Chase is finally over.  Fortunately for him, his championship hopes are not.  Jones went into the last race in the Round of 12 four points behind the Chase cutoff.  His fifth-place finish gave him more than enough points to make up the deficit.  As a result, he …

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Pace Laps: A Wild Day of Playoff Racing in Charlotte

Sprint Cup: The Day the Chasers Fell – Though that may sound a bit severe, Sunday’s Bank of America 500 from Charlotte Motor Speedway did seem repetitious with Chaser after Chaser falling out of contention. Starting early with Kevin Harvick, who suffered a mechanical issue on Lap 155, five Chasers found significant issues throughout the …

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