Race Weekend Central

Trackin’ The Trucks: Monster Mistakes Plague Dover Rookies

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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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Matt Crafton Grabs First Victory at Monster Mile

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Though the first half of Friday’s JACOB Companies 200 was owned by polesitter William Byron, it was Matt Crafton who pounced when it counted, leading the final 76 laps en route to his first Camping World Truck Series win at Dover International Speedway. “It was a great race, I had a lot of fun,” Crafton said. …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Excessive Burnouts Put Teams on the Hot Seat?

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Three races into his return, Tony Stewart is making up some ground on 30th in points, the Chase cut-off for a driver with a win.  How likely does that win look for Stewart in the next 15 races? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I hate to say it, but not very likely. I think Stewart-Haas Racing/Hendrick Motorsports …

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Eyes on XFINITY: When Will Suarez Finally Win?

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Sooner or later, Daniel Suarez is going to reach victory lane.  All the parts and pieces are in place for the native of Monterrey, Mexico, to earn his first XFINITY Series win. Suarez is in his second season driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, which has been the most dominant NXS team in 2016.  While the …

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Pace Laps: Matt DiBenedetto Impresses at Bristol, Fuel Strategy Dominates IndyCar Series Race at Long Beach and Nico Rosberg Wins Again

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Sprint Cup: Sensational Sixth for DiBenedetto –  Is Bristol Motor Speedway becoming the new place for the underdogs? It might be more so than Daytona and Talladega as Bristol once again opened the curtain for the behind-the-scenes characters to shine on Sunday afternoon. One of the unusual suspects near the front of the field was Matt DiBenedetto. …

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Pace Laps: Sprint Cup Underdogs Excelling, Truck Series Madness and Formula 1 Shockers

Zach Catanzareti

Sprint Cup: Underdogs Perform at the Paper Clip – From the drop of the flag to begin practice at Martinsville Speedway Friday, there were surprises near the front of the field. Fortunately for NASCAR and the underdog teams, the early pace bled into both qualifying and the race as it was an entertaining show full …

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Four Burning Questions: Will Auto Club Be The Year’s Best Race?

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Sprint Cup: Will Auto Club Be the Most Competitive Race of 2016? If the last three weeks spell any indication for this weekend, it seems like a perfect storm. With the low-downforce package teaming with the bumpy, greasy surface of Auto Club Speedway, the entire sport is sure to see one competitive race on Sunday. …

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Pace Laps: Young and Hungry Rookies, Mikhail Aleshin Impresses & K&N Pro Series Action

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Sprint Cup: Young & Hungry – We are starting to witness a pattern in the Sprint Cup Series: The young drivers are here to race. The three men in particular are Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney as each of them scored a top-10 result Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. If Sunday was your first …

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Daniel Suarez Picks Up New Sponsor Juniper Networks

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Joe Gibbs Racing announced today Juniper Networks will partner with Daniel Suarez for eight races in 2016. The networking equipment company will serve as the primary sponsor for the No. 19 beginning this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Video of the new car was posted to the company’s Twitter page. We're headed to Phoenix with …

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Pace Laps: Rookies Impress at Las Vegas, Daniel Suarez’s Hot Start and Trans-Am Getting into Gear

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Sprint Cup Series: NASCAR’s Top Rookies Continue Promising 2016 Start – If Atlanta was the coming out party for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie class, then Las Vegas showed their staying power. Both Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott looked like legitimate contenders throughout a wild Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Elliott rose …

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