Race Weekend Central

NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Take Over for Kasey Kahne at Leavine Family Racing

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The latest Silly Season domino to fall occurred earlier today (Aug. 16), when Kasey Kahne announced he will step away from full-time NASCAR racing at the end of the 2018 season. Kahne, 38, tweeted that racing full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019 and beyond “was just something that I couldn’t commit …

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Kasey Kahne Retiring From Full-Time NASCAR Competition

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Kasey Kahne will retire from full-time NASCAR competition following the 2018 season. Kahne, 39, is in his 15th season as a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver. The Washington native has 18 career wins in 527 starts, with a best finish of fourth this year, his first with Leavine Family Racing. “I’ve thought about this …

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Beside the Rising Tide: NASCAR, How The Mighty Have Fallen

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BRIAN FRANCE NEWS Some of you will be surprised that I didn’t write an acerbic column this week discussing Brian France’s arrest for both a DWI and drug possession in Sag Harbor, N.Y. over the weekend. While my personal disdain for France remains high, frustration from what I’ve termed his “reign of terror” since taking …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chase Elliott Cranks Up the Siren Again

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Who’s in the headline After almost three years of trying, and eight near misses, Chase Elliott has finally scored his maiden win in the Cup series. Elliott won the second stage and the race while Martin Truex Jr. grabbed the win in the first stage. William Byron crossed the finish line in eighth to claim …

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Leavine Family Racing Working On Kasey Kahne’s Contract Extension, Likely Moving to Toyota

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The last few weeks, Kasey Kahne has picked up the pace in his first year with Leavine Family Racing. That speed looks like it’s about to be rewarded with a contract extension. Kahne, 38, told Frontstretch last weekend at Pocono Raceway he would like to return to the race team in 2019. Team owner, Bob Leavine, confirmed …

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Penalty Report: Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne Docked Points for Inspection Woes

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After 13 cars failed pre-race technical inspection prior to last weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway, NASCAR issued their weekly Penalty Report. Among those listed this week are Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne, who both failed inspection three times, which resulted in their car chiefs being ejected and starting …

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Kasey Kahne Adapting to Leavine Family Racing, Expects To Return in 2019

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After competing the past six seasons with Hendrick Motorsports, Kasey Kahne took a step back and moved to a smaller team for 2018: Leavine Family Racing. The hope was that his arrival would spark the No. 95 group and increase their performance across the board. But since the season-opening Daytona 500, it’s been an up-and-down year …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Geometry is Difficult

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck series raced at Pocono Raceway this weekend and Kyle Busch added two more trophies to his collection. Busch tied Ron Hornaday for most career CWTS wins with 51 and tied Kevin Harvick for the most MENCS wins this season at six apiece. The MENCS event, Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 …

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The Underdog House: A Day At The Not-So-Magic Mile

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Think Small It was a day we thought wasn’t going to happen. The rain was making its debut on Sunday morning in Loudon, New Hampshire, and the odds of July 22 turning into a race day seemed next to impossible. Nevertheless, NASCAR rallied forward to keep the track dry, quickly adapted its schedule and eventually …

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Denny Hamlin Tops Morning Cup Practice at New Hampshire

Denny Hamlin, when not staring at his dash clock (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Defending New Hampshire winner Denny Hamlin enters Sunday’s Foxwood Casino 301 as one of the pre-race favorites. In Saturday’s opening practice session, the No. 11 team proved why. Hamlin ran a hot lap of 132.942 mph, close to a tenth-of-a-second ahead of Ryan Blaney (132.526 mph), who was second on the scoring chart. In addition …

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