Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

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Who’s in the headline – Kurt Busch started off the year watching the Daytona 500 from his couch thanks to a NASCAR suspension. After getting back in the car at Phoenix, he was fast from the drop of the green flag. He had a win stolen by a questionable caution at Fontana but now has …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond

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Friday night at Richmond International Raceway was Denny Hamlin’s version of a doctor’s checkup following neck spasms during last weekend’s Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol. Hamlin had to rely on 18-year-old Erik Jones to complete the race, and as a thank-you gift, gave Jones and the rest of the Xfinity field …

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Number Crunching: 2015 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond NASCAR Fantasy Forecast

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It’s a new week, but it’s still a short track. Last week was nothing short of chaos for us fantasy NASCAR players. Brad Keselowski’s mistake took out teammate Joey Logano in the first 20 laps, Kevin Harvick wreck, Kurt Busch was caught up in Carl Edwards‘s mistake and Jimmie Johnson came from the back with …

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Denny Hamlin Obliterates Field to Win 2015 ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond

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If you only tune into the Sprint Cup Series every weekend, these recent winners for the Xfinity Series have been rather familiar. If you’re Denny Hamlin, your neck is feeling better after leading 248 of 250 laps in Friday night’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. “It’s unbelievable,” Hamlin told FOX Sports 1 in victory …

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Joey Logano Wins 3rd Pole of Cup Season at Richmond for Toyota Owners 400

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Since NASCAR announced the new format for Sprint Cup Series qualifying in 2014, Joey Logano and Team Penske have been showing the competition how it’s done. Logano will start on the pole for Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. It’s his third pole of the season and fifth front-row start in nine …

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Denny Hamlin Wins Pole for the 2015 ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond

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It’s a Denny Hamlin kind of weekend at his hometown track. Pacing the lone practice of the day for the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the 34-year-old was set to take his No. 20 Toyota to the front at Richmond International Raceway – and that he did. Hamlin was the quickest driver in each of the three qualifying rounds …

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Denny Hamlin Quickest in Lone 2015 ToyotaCare 250 Practice at Richmond

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Just a few hours after hosting a short-track race, Denny Hamlin led the way during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Richmond. Putting down a lap time of 21.626 seconds, the No. 20 car had a 0.071-second advantage over last weekend’s winner, Joey Logano. Making his first start at Richmond in the series since 2012, Hamlin …

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Friday Faceoff: Bristol Surprises, Chase Elliott’s Cup Return & Steve Byrnes Memories

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A marathon race at Bristol saw plenty of carnage and frustration displayed on the track, but it also featured some different names inside the top 10. What – or who – was the biggest surprise to come out of the race? Kevin Rutherford, Managing Editor: I’m going with Justin Allgaier, but make no mistake – …

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The Critic’s Annex: Remembering Steve Byrnes

Let’s cut to the chase. This bites. It is never good to have to write about the passing of anyone. It’s tough enough to deal with the passing of pets, let alone human beings. As you all know by now, Steve Byrnes died on Tuesday after battling cancer for much of the past couple of …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the Food City 500 at Bristol

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I’d like to take this opportunity to pass along my condolences to the entire Byrnes family. #ByrnesStrong It was almost a carbon-copy of the 2014 spring race at Bristol: delay after delay due to rain. However, thanks to lights, the entire race was able to be run… and then some. Matt Kenseth finally broke his …

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