Race Weekend Central

Denny Hamlin Slams Wall Hard in Martinsville

Zach Catanzareti

Five-time Martinsville winner Denny Hamlin lost control of his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Sunday, ruining his chance to win the STP 500 in back-to-back years. Hamlin lost control on lap 219 going into Turn 1, resulting in a hard hit into the wall. Turns out even defending NASCAR race champions can make an occasional mistake …

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The Kyle-and-Kyle Show Sweep Final Martinsville Practice

Zach Catanzareti

It was another case of the Kyle-and-Kyle show atop the boards as Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch swept the top spots in Sprint Cup Series Happy Hour at Martinsville Speedway. Posting a lap time of 19.835 seconds, Larson earned the best time after 61 laps on track. Kyle Busch ran the most laps of the day [83] as …

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Kasey Kahne wins Saturday Morning Practice at Martinsville

Zach Catanzareti

The momentum continues for Kasey Kahne. After qualifying on the front row for Sunday’s STP 500, Kahne grabbed the top time in Saturday morning practice at Martinsville Speedway. With a 19.710-second lap on the half-mile track, he bested Ryan Newman by 0.046 seconds to claim top honors. Martin Truex, Jr. was third as Brian Vickers …

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Brian Vickers Tops Opening Cup Practice in Martinsville

Zach Catanzareti

Brian Vickers topped opening practice for the Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway. Filling in for an injured Tony Stewart, Vickers ran a quick time of 19.485 seconds [97.182 mph] to edge ahead of Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano by a mere 0.019 seconds. Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson – one week removed from a …

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Mike Hillman Suing Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing

The charter system has brought about smaller fields, bidding wars and mergers. You can add lawsuits to the list. Mike Hillman, who fielded the No. 40 car at the Sprint Cup level the previous two seasons, filed suit last Friday against former business partner Joe Falk, Circle Sport Racing, Leavine Family Racing and Circle Sport-Leavine …

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Danica Patrick Facing Possible Penalty for Walking on Hot Track

Following a hard hit entering Turn 1 at Auto Club Speedway, Danica Patrick is in line for a possible penalty from NASCAR. Patrick made contact with Kasey Kahne with 80 laps remaining in the Auto Club 400 on Sunday afternoon, slamming the outside wall on the frontstretch. The impact was hard enough to send her No. …

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Jimmie Johnson Soars to 6th Fontana Victory

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Jimmie Johnson flew to victory in the Auto Club 400 after passing Kevin Harvick with two laps to go at Auto Club Speedway. Draped in Superman red, Johnson brought the Man of Steel to Victory Lane for the sixth time at Fontana and second time in the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season. “I knew we …

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