Race Weekend Central

Austin Dillon Experiences Brake Issues Once Again, Wrecks at Dover

(Photo: Joseph Wolkin)

Austin Dillon did not plan on speaking to reporters after 183 laps at Dover International Speedway. The driver of the No. 3 car wondered around his vehicle in the garage area just before the halfway mark of the AAA 400 at the 1-mile oval. As Dillon titled his head, drinking his Coca-Cola, he avoided anyone for …

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Trackin’ The Trucks: Monster Mistakes Plague Dover Rookies

Photo: Zach Catanzareti

In a Nutshell: The sun was shining down on Matt Crafton’s No. 88 Toyota after rain took over the headlines at Dover International Speedway. For the first time in his 16th start at Dover, he was able to bring his truck into Victory Lane. Leading the final 76 laps, Crafton was able to hold off a hard-charging …

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Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Moving From Hot Seat To Hot Prospect Once Again

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

A fresh paint scheme is nothing surprising for Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. The No. 17 car has been soaked in three vastly different colors through 11 races this year. The plethora of sponsors is nothing new for Stenhouse, who won back-to-back XFINITY (then Nationwide) Series championships in 2011 and 2012 with a Roush Fenway Racing team that …

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Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart & Jamie McMurray Wreck in Sprint Cup Series Practice at Dover

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Tony Stewart was sitting eighth on the speed chart a half-hour into the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session of the weekend at Dover International Speedway. Running six laps in his No. 14 car, he casually paced around the track, preparing for his third full race back since injuring his back in an off-road vehicle …

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A Driver’s Perspective: 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Fantasy Schedule

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After the release the 2017 NASCAR schedules, one thing is clear: there are very few changes across the sport’s three national divisions. As expected, five-year deals with racetracks at the Sprint Cup Series level prevented any major changes. Additionally, there were few changes in the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series. Over time, the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Can be Done About Restrictor Plate Racing?

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There is a sense of anxiety before any NASCAR race, but events at the two restrictor plate racetracks have hearts pacing at an abnormally rapid rate. This past weekend’s events at Talladega Superspeedway had a different vibe, one that has begun to raise more questions than plate races in the past. It sounds cliche, but …

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Clint Bowyer to Return to Camping World Truck Series at Kansas Speedway

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

For the first time since 2014, Clint Bowyer will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Competing in Friday evening’s Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway, the Sprint Cup Series veteran will pilot the No. 24 truck for GMS Racing. Bowyer, 36, has not been in a Truck Series race since filling in for …

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2-Headed Monster: Heat Races … Are They Worth It?

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NASCAR is in the midst of a brand-new experiment this season: heat races in the XFINITY Series. NASCAR has used heat races before in the Camping World Truck Series at Eldora, using multiple races to set the starting lineup for the main event, but until 2016 the NXS ran full-length events, lap one to lap …

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