NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Is the Jig Up for Ryan Newman?

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Kevin Harvick’s pit crew failed him again after another botched stop at Darlington Speedway. Was crew chief Rodney Childers and Stewart-Haas Racing switching things up just before the Chase the way to go, or should they have or stuck with who they’ve got? John Douglas, Contributor: There’s no question that things needed to change at …

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Friday Faceoff: Is NASCAR’s New Downforce Package Ready For 2017?

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Last Sunday’s race at Michigan was the third and final in-race test of what will presumably be the 2017 Sprint Cup rules package. Is it enough to improve the racing to a satisfactory level for fans? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I think it will make for much better racing at the intermediates, but I’d like …

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Richard Petty Motorsports Announces Competition Restructuring

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Richard Petty Motorsports’ Sammy Johns, formerly the team’s vp of competition, will relinquish his duties both at the shop and at the track to Philippe Lopez and Scott McDougall, the team announced today in a press release. In the official statement, RPM stated that it was an “immediate, aggressive strategy to improve speed, performance, and …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to Miss Michigan, Darlington

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He’s going to be away from the track for another few weeks. Hendrick Motorsports announced in a press release on Wednesday that doctors have not yet cleared Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to return to racing action in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. That mean Alex Bowman, who previously filled in for Earnhardt in his first missed …

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Darrell Wallace, Jr., Leidos Agree to Multi-Race Sponsorship

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Leidos, a U.S. based company dealing with homeland security, civil defense and intelligence, will partner with Roush Fenway Racing on the No. 6 machine of Darrell Wallace, Jr. at select dates through the end of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season. The company will serve as the primary sponsor for four events in the series, including Dover International …

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Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin Among Teams Warned After Bristol Violations

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With the recent laser inspection issues the past few weeks, NASCAR has yet again handed down multiple infractions to teams across the Sprint Cup and XFINITY series. Wednesday’s penalty listing for the Sprint Cup Series included a first warning issued to Denny Hamlin‘s Joe Gibbs Racing team, along with teammate Kyle Busch‘s fourth written warning …

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Elliott Sadler, OneMain Ink Multi-Year Deal with JR Motorsports

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Elliott Sadler, OneMain Financial and JR. Motorsports have come to a multi-year extension agreement in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, as OneMain has committed to sponsor the No. 1 JRM Chevy 20 times in 2017 in a primary role. Sadler currently leads the XFINITY Series points for 2016 as teams prepare for the first ever chase format in …

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Ben Kennedy Scores First Career Truck Series Win at Bristol

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Rains delayed the start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday, but Ben Kennedy, son of NASCAR’s Lesa France Kennedy, brought the No. 33 GMS Racing Chevrolet to Victory Lane. Brett Moffitt finished second, followed by Daniel Hemric. With Tyler Reddick and Daniel Suarez leading the field to green, …

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Tyler Reddick Sets New Truck Track Record on Way to Bristol Pole

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Qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series began with 35 competitors taking to Bristol Motor Speedway, but only Tyler Reddick can lay claim to the fastest lap in a NASCAR truck around the .533-mile speed plant. With a lap time of 14.884 seconds in round three, Reddick replaces Ken Schrader in the record books. …

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Daniel Suarez on Top of Second Bristol Truck Series Practice

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The second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice from Bristol Motor Speedway resulted in a one-groove racing surface — and track-record speeds. Daniel Suarez laid down a 14.820 second lap, which demolishes the official track qualifying record of Ken Schrader in 2004 of 15.118 seconds. Suarez wasn’t the only one to beat the official record, …

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