Race Weekend Central

Eyes on XFINITY: Blake Koch’s Title Hopes Hinge on Charlotte

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The Round of 12 in the XFINITY Series Chase concludes this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  The first two Chase races have produced a tight battle for the remaining six transfer spots.  Most eyes will no doubt be on Erik Jones and Ty Dillon, who are currently below the Chase cutoff and seeking either a …

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Pace Laps: Truex’s Triumph and Jones’ Rough Luck

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Sprint Cup: Truex’s Pace was the biggest Monster of all in Dover As Chris Buescher studied the finishing order of Sunday’s Citizen Soldier 400, a face of disbelief joined many others. “Man, that was a wild pace,” he said. For sure, Dover International Speedway saw one of the quickest paces in recent memory, as race …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Daniel Suarez Rolls to Victory at Dover

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Daniel Suarez continued a strong season and a good start to the Chase by winning the Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway.  The race was originally scheduled to run on Saturday afternoon, but persistent rain pushed the event back to Sunday morning.  With the Sprint Cup race set to run later, Suarez was Sunday’s …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Richard Childress Racing’s Split Agenda

Richard Childress Racing has three drivers who qualified for the new XFINITY Series Chase, and after the first race of the postseason, all three drivers find themselves in a different position. Brendan Gaughan got out of Kentucky the best, finishing sixth and leaving the Bluegrass State with a nine-point cushion over the Chase cut line.  …

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Pace Laps: Sleepless Nights for Sprint Cup Stars and Minor League Excitement

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Sprint Cup: A Sleepless Week for 14 Men – Kevin Harvick, with a swift, unexpected pass on Matt Kenseth for the win Sunday at New Hampshire, avoided the weight of elimination come next weekend at Dover. Along with Martin Truex, Jr., Harvick is now in rare air because when the field lines up for 400 …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Elliott Sadler Wins Thrilling Chase Opener

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The inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase race at Kentucky Speedway was a war of attrition.  Although Elliott Sadler had an up and down night, he was never really out of the game.  Sadler was the one who emerged as the winner of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300, taking the lead from Ryan Blaney on a late restart.  …

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Pace Laps: Hendrick’s Return and a Hot XFINITY Title Fight

Sprint Cup: Banner Day Greets Hendrick Motorsports in Chicagoland: “Where have they been? Are they saving for the Chase? Will they even advance to the Round of 12?” All these questions following Hendrick Motorsports into the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup may have been answered following the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Erik Jones Boosts Momentum Heading Into Chase

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Late in the Drive for Safety 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Erik Jones grabbed hold of an opportunity to win the race and never let go. After running in the top 5 for most of the event, Jones found himself dueling with Elliott Sadler for the lead with 10 laps to go.  Jones completed the pass …

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Friday Faceoff: How Far Is Too Far?

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After last weekend’s race at Richmond International Raceway, one thing on everyone’s mind was the on-track spat between Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman that continued in verbal sparring afterward.  Did either driver go too far with their actions or words? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I respect the passion from both drivers and I understand why Ryan Newman …

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