Race Weekend Central

The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams From Indy to Pocono

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Indianapolis represented a mixed bag for the small teams this week, with finishes ranging from 14th for rookie Chris Buescher to 40th for Matt DiBenedetto, thanks to an untimely engine expiration.  Indy is a tough track for teams that are a step or two behind the elite teams in both handling and horsepower, and next …

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HScott Motorsports Announces Personnel Changes on Michael Annett’s Team

(Photo: Beth Lunkenheimer)

HScott Motorsports announced on Tuesday afternoon that the organization has made two personnel changes involving Michael Annett’s No. 46 team. Current crew chief Jay Guy has been promoted to HSM Technical Director. He will now report to the organization’s competition director, Steve Addington. Mike Hillman, Sr. will take over the crew chief role for the …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams from Loudon to Indy

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

NASCAR has a few tracks that are fairly unique in layout.  Among those are both new Hampshire Motor Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway-a flat one-mile oval with long straights and tight turns – think big Martinsville – and a huge, flat, rectangular behemoth with four separate corners and four straights to match.  These tracks are …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams from Daytona to Kentucky

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

What makes a small team? I’m frequently asked how to categorize NASCAR’s teams. I look at a couple of things when I make the list each spring: budget and performance.  Small teams simply don’t have the budgets of the larger ones, even middle-tier organizations.  They may have alliances with bigger teams, but that doesn’t mean everything gets handed …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Underwhelming Info Hurts FOX in Talladega

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Talladega is looney tunes.  In its purest form, a race weekend at Talladega makes your stomach churn (or, it makes my stomach turn, at least).  In recent years, that really hasn’t been the case.  However, this past weekend brought it on big time, unlike any time since about 2005. GEICO 500 Sunday brought the Sprint …

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Chris Buescher Flips in Vicious Multi-Car Crash

Chris Buescher fell victim to a harrowing incident that saw him flip three times during Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Buescher, the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, was running back in the pack on Lap 96 when he fell victim to an incident in front of him. Running for position, Jamie McMurray slid up into …

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Kevin Harvick Fastest As Practice Prematurely Ends At Richmond

(Credit: Mike Neff)

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the lone practice session at Richmond International Raceway on Friday after practice was shortened due to rain with a lap at 20.919 seconds (129.089 mph). Rain was close during most of the practice session but didn’t actually hit the track until 62 minutes into the 85 minute practice session. …

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Denny Hamlin Fastest In Friday Cup Practice At Bristol Motor Speedway

(Credit: Mike Neff)

Denny Hamlin was the fastest in Friday’s lone Sprint Cup Series practice at Bristol Motor Speedway after turning a lap at 14.913 seconds (128.666 mph). Hamlin’s fast lap came in the final few minutes as teams moved to qualifying trim, which is great news for the man who sat on the pole in last fall’s …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Michael Annett on Fire Recovery, Racing Roots & Hockey

(Photo Credit: Rick Lunkenheimer, Frontstretch)

Michael Annett was born into the racing community but didn’t even set foot in a racecar until his teenage years were almost through. After starting in the ARCA Racing Series, he moved quickly through a handful of runs in the Truck Series before settling in the Xfinity Series with Germain Racing, Rusty Wallace Incorporated and finally …

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HScott Motorsports Suffers Hauler Fire

(Photo: HScott Motorsports)

Just a day before Sprint Cup Series teams were to hit the track at Texas Motor Speedway, Michael Annett‘s No. 46 team suffered the loss of both of its cars plus the at track equipment in a hauler fire en route to the speedway. The fire began in Longview, Tex., about three hours from the …

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