Race Weekend Central

Snitching: It’s the “Self-Policing”

“If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.”

It’s a mantra you hear echoed in NASCAR rather often, and some people actually mean it! I mean, after all, a sport built on moonshine and running away from police _has_ to be built on integrity, right?

Alas, teams bending and twisting the rules to find an advantage over their competitors is as old as racing itself, NASCAR or otherwise. Yet somehow every time a team is found to have either been out of bounds in NASCAR’s rulebooks or at least close to it, everyone reacts with, well, shock. They’re called a series of nasty names and noses are slightly turned up at their audacity to even think about trying to make their cars faster. How _dare_ they.

Matt Kenseth Fastest in Final Practice

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice ended the same way qualifying ended on Friday: With Matt Kenseth on top. Kenseth paced final practice at a speed of 188.712 mph. Aric Almirola was second, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya. Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top five. Practice went incident free until the final …

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Juan Pablo Montoya Quickest in Second Practice

Juan Pablo Montoya paced Saturday’s first practice session at Kansas Speedway, clocking in at 28.321 seconds at 190.671 mph. Rookie Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was second quickest, followed by Aric Almirola, Greg Biffle, and Carl Edwards. Pole-sitter Matt Kenseth was 15th fastest. Full results: 1. Juan Pablo Montoya 2. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 3. Aric Almirola 4. …

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Happiness Is … A Packed Weekend In April

There was a full slate of racing last weekend: Nationwide, Cup, F1, Trucks. It was more than enough of a gamut to give gearheads their fill. The stories have been punched out, so now it’s time to go through some of the highlights that make motorsports so much fun right before the next weekend sneaks up upon us. Without further hubbub…

*Happiness is… night racing.*
Short tracks claim that when Nationwide or Cup run on weekend nights that their attendance dwindles. Got it. But there’s something to be said for racing at night and for encouraging more of it from the national series. To start, and this may seem banal, but the cars just look cooler. For all of the reshaping that has taken place in the past couple years, these two series now feature cars that ‘resemble’ something like everyday cars. Resemble is used loosely. Under the lights the cars shine and all of the work that goes into styling them becomes evident.

In The Face Of Great Tragedy, NASCAR Shines Its Brightest

There are few things more sobering in life than learning of the tragedies we sometimes face as a nation. This was no less true over the past week when Massachusetts suffered a horrific tragedy with a bombing at the Boston Marathon and shooting at MIT in Cambridge that took a family member of one of NASCAR’s own.

Officer Sean Collier, brother of Hendrick Motorsports machinist Andrew Collier, died tragically in a standoff with the suspected Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It turned a tragic situation into downright heartbreaking knowing that the NASCAR community was so horribly affected. Now, it was personal.

Matt Kenseth Wins Pole in Kansas

While it initially looked like Fords might dominate Friday afternoon at Kansas Speedway, it was a Toyota that took the top spot. Matt Kenseth, driving his No. 20 Toyota Camry, took the top spot from former teammate Carl Edwards. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was third followed by Sam Hornish Jr. Kyle Busch rounded out the top …

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Fords Stand Out in First Sprint Cup Series Practice

If Friday afternoon’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice is any indication, a Ford will be in Victory Late at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. Carl Edwards paced the field at a speed of 192.055 mph in 28.117 seconds followed by teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in second. Nationwide Series regular Sam Hornish Jr. was third. Martin …

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Brother of Hendrick Motorsports Machinist Killed In Boston Bomber Shootout

The Boston Marathon bombing took a turn towards a NASCAR connection Friday, when the brother of a Hendrick Motorsports employee was killed during a shootout with the alleged bomber.

Sean Collier, who was killed in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday night, was an MIT police officer on routine duty when the two bombing suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev confronted him. While the details remain unclear, Collier was caught in some sort of shootout with the suspects, hit with bullets multiple times and pronounced dead upon arrival at Massachusetts General Hospital just after 10:30 PM. He was 26 years old.

Brendan Gaughan Driver Diary: The Rock, Family, And Downtime

We used the time off to do some testing. We did one of our official tests at Texas Motor Speedway. Shane and I know each other pretty well, so when we were trying to decide where to go test, we just looked at each other and went, “Texas.” It’s been a while since I’ve run well there, and that was big.

Then, we had a surprise 70th birthday party for my dad. It was funny, because right before we sprung it on him, he looked at my mom and said, “I’m so glad you didn’t throw me a $%#&$* surprise party.” My mom was awesome. She had three planes. She had our plane and two planes she had rented, and we had people everywhere. She worked hard for that party, and my dad had a great time.

Transparency Is Essential For NASCAR–So Why Don’t They Have It?

Two series, three violations among four teams, seven suspensions, 81 driver and owner points, and $250,000 in fines. Those are the results after NASCAR penalty day this week after the sanctioning body saw the violations at Texas and Rockingham.

Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex, Jr.’s No. 56 Toyota was found to be too low in post-race inspection, and though Truex’s second-place finish will stand, Truex was docked six points and his crew chief fined. Also in the Cup garage, NASCAR confiscated the rear-end housings from the Nos. 2 and 22 cars of defending Cup champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. Because of new rules pertaining directly to those parts, plus a perceived intent to gain an illegal advantage, Keselowski and Logano lost 25 points apiece, and their crew chiefs, Paul Wolfe and Todd Gordon were suspended for six points races and the All-Star event, along with both car chiefs, team engineers, and Penske Racing Competition Director Travis Geisler.

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