Race Weekend Central

Pace Laps: Kes Rolling; Fast Jack Beckman; Hamilton Cruises & More

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Brad Keselowski hitting on all cylinders to start the summer- Though it may have come by fuel mileage, Keselowski wound up in victory lane again on Saturday evening in Kentucky. It was his third win in six tries at the newly repaved 1.5-mile racetrack. Adding the XFINITY Series, he has won at least one race …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Busch Masters Reconfigured Kentucky Speedway

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Kentucky Speedway underwent a few changes in the last year.  One thing that did not change, however, is Kyle Busch’s ability to put on a dominating performance at the 1.5 mile track.  Busch won the XFINITY Series Alsco 300 on Friday night, leading 185 of 201 laps.  He survived several late-race challenges from fellow competitors …

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Friday Faceoff: Will Silly Season 2016 Be, Well, Silly?

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A Hendrick Motorsports car hasn’t won since Auto Club Speedway, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is still winless and the organization was virtually wiped out in Daytona’s wreck. Is it cause for concern, or is it simply pouring all its focus on experimentation for the Chase? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: It’s silly to think that a four-car organization is …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Darrell Wallace, Jr.’s Fine Does Not Help NASCAR’s Image

Here we go again.  On Wednesday, news broke that NASCAR had fined another driver for comments the sanctioning body saw as disparaging to the sport.  This time, it was XFINITY Series driver Darrell Wallace, Jr. who drew the ire of NASCAR following last week’s race at Daytona.  The sanctioning body fined Wallace $15,000 for a …

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Pace Laps: Is Brad Keselowski NASCAR’s Best at Plate Racing?

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Sprint Cup: Brad Keselowski, The New Restrictor Plate King? – Every time the Sprint Cup Series goes restrictor plate racing at Talladega, or so it seems, Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski runs up front and contends for victory. Now, the 2012 series champ has added the other plate track to his resume, picking up a first win at the World Center …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Aric Almirola Loses an Asterisk with Daytona Win

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Aric Almirola piloted the No. 98 Biagi-Denbeste Racing Ford to victory Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.  The Florida native won after slipping into the lead on the final lap and running side-by-side with Justin Allgaier as a big crash erupted behind the leaders.  A pack of six cars, led by Almirola and Allgaier, raced …

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Friday Faceoff: Time for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to Panic?

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NASCAR announced a few changes to qualifying, including using owner points instead of practice speeds to determine the lineup if qualifying is rained out and giving a provisional spot to an open team during the Chase if that team makes the playoffs.  Was this the right move at midseason, or should NASCAR have waited until …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Time to Lose the “No Pushing” Rule

The XFINITY Series will make its second trip of the season to Daytona International Speedway on Friday night.  Fans should be in store for another wild contest at The World Center of Racing. However, one of NASCAR’s rules has the potential to turn a great night of racing into a massive controversy that would surely leave …

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Pace Laps: The Buzz Behind NASCAR’s Weekend Fight

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Sprint Cup Series: Tony Stewart’s Triumphant Return to Victory Lane – Coming off a solid race at Michigan International Speedway two weeks ago, Tony Stewart snapped an 84-race winless streak on Sunday, leading the final 22 laps in wine country at Sonoma Raceway. It was a caution on lap 86 that turned Stewart’s race around. The …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s the Best Driver Without a Ride?

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NASCAR said after the races at Iowa this weekend that it’s “happy with the status of Iowa” Speedway as a standalone XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series date. But does the track need a Sprint Cup date, and at what track’s expense? Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: I don’t know if Iowa necessarily needs a Cup date. The …

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