Race Weekend Central

A Team Penske Clash Versus Joe Gibbs Racing

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Though a new racing season has begun, the battles at the restrictor plate tracks continue to come down to the same competitors – Team Penske against Joe Gibbs Racing. The two teams combined to sweep all of the points-paying Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series plate races in 2016, with Gibbs’ Denny Hamlin also winning last season’s …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Bring On NASCAR 2017

It’s true NASCAR has the shortest offseason of any major sport. But really, why does it seem like forever between the season finale at Homestead and the start of Daytona Speedweeks? It’s just 90 days, far shorter than the end of the Super Bowl and the start of NFL Training Camps midsummer. For me, the …

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The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 Advance Auto Parts Clash

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Only one driver this season used Daytona 500 pole criteria to qualify for NASCAR’s revamped Clash: Danica Patrick. The former pole winner of the Great American Race suffered through a difficult offseason, one that featured Stewart-Haas Racing filing a lawsuit against Patrick’s sponsor Nature’s Bakery for pulling their 25-race sponsorship …

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Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin Lead Clash Practice Sessions

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Coming off a season in which they swept the two races at Daytona International Speedway, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin topped the two practice sessions in preparation for Saturday night’s Advance Auto Parts Clash for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Practice One: Eleven of the 17 entered drivers took time in the opening session, …

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Kyle Busch, Elliott Sadler Penalized By NASCAR Entering Homestead

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The list of NASCAR teams hit with major penalties Wednesday included one of the four Sprint Cup title contenders. The No. 18 Toyota team of Kyle Busch was found to have lug nuts not properly installed at the conclusion of the Phoenix event. His crew chief Adam Stevens will be fined $10,000 but will still be …

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Entry List: Tifft Headlines XFINITY Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series returns this weekend to Texas Motor Speedway for the second race in its Chase Round of 8 following two off weeks. Just two more races remain before the field will be cut to the Championship 4 who will compete for an XFINITY title at Homestead. As of Monday, there are 40 cars entered for …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Jimmie Johnson Sets the Table for a Run at Title Seven with Victory at Martinsville

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Who’s in the headline – Jimmie Johnson had eight wins at Martinsville Speedway entering this weekend’s activities. While that is an impressive number, he had gone six races without a win and had not finished better than ninth in the last four. The race wasn’t a dominating effort by the No. 48 team, but they …

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Martinsville for 9th Time; Advances to Championship 4

(Mike Neff)

The Toyota boys were snookered Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Despite leading 374 of 500 laps in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500, Toyota found themselves in the rear view mirror of Jimmie Johnson. Johnson, who passed Denny Hamlin for the lead with 92 laps to go, led the rest of the race as the Joe Gibbs …

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2-Headed Monster: Is It Fair Truex & Keselowski Are Out Of The Chase?

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When the checkered flag flew on the Hellmann’s 500, eight drivers sighed in relief. Not just because they were safe from the unpredictability of Talladega; that was part of the emotion, for sure. But more importantly, two of their chief championship competitors were no longer a threat for the title. Going into the Round of …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Impact of Limiting Cup Drivers in Lower Series

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After years of receiving criticism about NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers dominating races in the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series, the sanctioning body finally listened to people. On Wednesday morning, NASCAR announced it would limit the participation of Sprint Cup drivers in the lower two divisions, with a maximum of 10 races allowed …

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