Race Weekend Central

Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth Tie in Opening Richmond Practice

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Fresh off of clinching the regular season championship last weekend at Darlington, Martin Truex Jr. tied with Matt Kenseth as the fastest two cars in the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Richmond Raceway. Truex and Kenseth both ran identical laps of 22.333 seconds (120.897 mph) early in the session and held the …

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Blake Koch Fastest In Lone Richmond NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice

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Blake Koch was the fastest driver in the lone, two-hour NASCAR XFINITY Series practice session on Friday morning at Richmond International Raceway after turning a lap at 122.912 mph. Koch enters this weekend eighth in points, a solid 36 ahead of the playoff cutline with just two races to go. Koch has a best finish of …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2017 Bojangles Southern 500

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Who… gets my shout-out of the race? The shout-out of the race has to go to Austin Dillon. Dillon finished fourth after running in the top 10 almost all night long, for just his third top-five finish of the season. It was also his first top five since his surprising victory in the Coca-Cola 600 …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After (Most Of) The Regular Season

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How… important are stage points? Assuming Martin Truex Jr. doesn’t completely under perform at Darlington Raceway or Richmond Raceway, the No. 78 team will enter the playoffs with at least 50 total playoff points. That’s 30 more than Kyle Busch, as he had 20 playoff points. That’s going to be a huge advantage for Truex …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Spin And Win For Jeremy Clements

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With quite a number of Cup Series drivers enjoying a vacation on their final off weekend of the season, there wasn’t a single Cup driver in the field for the Johnsonville 180 at Road America. Just about every race this season without Cup drivers has been great, and this past weekend was no exception. The finish …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2017 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Kurt Busch has not had a great year. The free agent started the season off strong by winning the Daytona 500, but had only managed one other top-five finish entering the race at Bristol Motor Speedway this past weekend. Kurt Busch Rebounds for Top-5 Finish in 600th Start …

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Kyle Busch Dominates, Wins Truck Race At Bristol After Speeding Penalty

(Photo: Russell LaBounty NKP)

Kyle Busch wiped the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field on Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway by starting on the pole, leading 109 laps, and winning all three stages. But his 178th national series win didn’t come easily. Busch avoided a late race incident that happened right in front of him. With just five …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Restrictor Plates Work at Indianapolis?

(Photo: Yvonne Leonard)

Will restrictor plates work at Indianapolis? The XFINITY Series race at Indianapolis has been a sore point for the series for a few seasons now. Boring racing and bad crowds have made the race largely a dud since the controversial decision to move the race from Lucas Oil Raceway. Last year’s twist with making it …

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NASCAR 101: Top 5 Silly Season Moves of All Time

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Unlike in most other sports, the term “free agency market” isn’t used in NASCAR. Instead, NASCAR begins “silly season” usually around the halfway mark of the year, and there are much more lame duck drivers and teams than in “stick and ball” sports. There have still been some huge driver transactions in the near 70-year …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2017 Quaker State 400

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? Kyle Larson was held up in pre-qualifying inspection on Friday at Kansas Speedway and never made a qualifying lap, resulting in the Cup Series point leader starting the race shotgun on the field. Proving that it’s not about where you start, but where you finish, Larson ended up finishing …

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