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Nitro Shots: The NASCAR Snipe Hunt

(Photo Courtesy: WinLight Communications/Gray Motorsports)

The discussion began in our Open-Wheel Wednesday roundtable chat, but on further thought, it has some bearing on NHRA too. It was put forth that the rain delay for NASCAR last weekend, in spite of providing a perfect window for the IndyCar race, did not actually garner a lot of crossover traffic. Matt Stallknecht pointed …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Taking Stock of the 2015 IndyCar Season After 3 Races

(Photo: John Cote/INDYCAR)

Open-Wheel Wednesday – This week is a group chat with Matt Stallknecht, Toni Montgomery, Huston Ladner, and Aaron Bearden.   Huston: What you got to start us off with? Anyone‏? Toni: Well let’s see there’s the new aero kits.‏ Matt: I’d say the aero kits have been a modest success thus far‏. Toni: I’d say …

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Pace Laps: Xfinity Excellence, Short-Track King & Other News

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

Xfinity Series: It’s Super Joey – Dominating efforts happen often in the Xfinity Series, but it’s rare to happen at a track as difficult as Bristol. However, Joey Logano did the unthinkable on Saturday afternoon – leading every single one of the 300 laps. But that wasn’t the biggest story during the race. The Xfinity …

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Off the Wall With: Alexis DeJoria

(Credit: Gary Nastase)

Welcome to Off the Wall With…, where we ask your favorite drivers the same five questions that are… well, off the wall! We’ll check in with a different driver each week to get a peek into life outside the racecar. This week, NHRA Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria has the inside scoop. What’s fun besides …

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Nitro Shots: What a Rush!

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

JR Todd, our featured driver in Nitro Shots this week, celebrated his one year anniversary driving a Top Fuel dragster for Kalitta Motorsports this past weekend, having started with the team at Las Vegas last year. So what does a guy who goes over 300 mph in under four seconds do to celebrate? Something that’s …

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Pace Laps: Youth Prevails, Redemption in Vegas, Controversy & More

Photo Credit: Bret Kelley

Xfinity Series: The Future Has Arrived – It only took nine races until Erik Jones drove a Joe Gibbs Racing car into Victory Lane. The soon-to-be 19-year-old outran two Cup Series veterans at Texas, and in doing so, gave JGR its first Xfinity Series win since Matt Kenseth‘s triumph in the season-finale last year. Jones’s victory …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Dale Harrigle, Bridgestone Motorsports’ Chief Engineer & Manager of Race Tire Development

Photo: Bret Kelley

The Verizon IndyCar Series heads to a new venue this week in NOLA Motorsports Park. New venues can mean a lot of unknowns, but teams this weekend can go in knowing that the tires should not be one of them. A quick talk with the powers that be tells us why that side of the …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana

Photo: Chris Owens.

NOLA Motorsports Park is a brand new venue for the Verizon IndyCar Series, so that means there will be many unknowns for teams this weekend, particularly as they are still learning and adjusting to their new aero kits. One thing that actually won’t be a question mark, however, is the Firestone tire that will be …

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Nitro Shots: You’ve Made the Bonus Round!

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

This weekend in Las Vegas, drivers in NHRA’s Pro Stock category will compete in a special bonus event, the K&N Horsepower Challenge. (Think All-Star Race.) So what’s on the line? A nice check to the tune of $50,000 for the winner and, of course, bragging rights. The two Saturday qualifying rounds will also serve as …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Bunny Ears & Razor Blades

Photo Credit: IndyCar Media

Clearly one of the biggest storylines to follow for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series is the new aero kits that have been introduced. Both manufacturers, Honda and Chevy, were tasked with developing the kits, which are made up of aerodynamic bits and pieces that can be added to the car in any combination a team …

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