Race Weekend Central

Mike Conway Fastest in Both WEC Shanghai Free Practice Sessions

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On Friday, Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Mike Conway put the No. 7 Toyota on the top of the timesheets in both 90 minute practice sessions at Shanghai Circuit.  Conway’s lap of 104.741 seconds (116.413 mph) was almost three-tenths of a second off of last years’ pole time. Free Practice No. 1 The first practice session was …

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Porsche Claims LMP1, GTE-Pro Poles at 6 Hours of Fuji

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On Saturday, Porsche LMP Team’s Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley turned in an average lap time of 95.160 seconds (107.451 mph) to put the No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid on the overall pole for Sunday’s 6 Hours of Fuji.  Despite the wet conditions, the times were extremely close.  The No. 2 beat their sister car …

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Pace Laps: Dangerous Packs, Being Prepared & the Art of Racing in the Rain

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IndyCar: IndyCar Narrowly Avoids Tragedy at Auto Club Speedway – Saturday’s MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway was considered one of the best races in Verizon IndyCar Series history by many fans and critics. Despite being held in front of only a few thousand spectators, the stars of the series put on an incredible pack …

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Pace Laps: Hot Streaks, New Faces, Contenders & Jumping Series

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Sprint Cup Series: “Slugger’s” New Assignment: Swing For The Fences To End Sophomore Slump – Swept under the rug during a week where NASCAR announced a new rules package is an important crew chief change at Richard Childress Racing. It’s a strange time at RCR, an organization whose trio of teams are so-so despite their …

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Going By the Numbers: NASCAR’s Newbie Cup Runneth Over in 2014

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The 2014 season is over, and NASCAR’s gained the highest degree of attention – positive or otherwise – it’s received in years. And yet, you’re not happy. That’s certainly the case for many fans and viewers of the sport, who look at the experiment that was the new Chase format with disdain, even outrage. The …

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Fantasy Insider: Road Course Ringer Equals Marcos or ‘Dinger

When it came to making fantasy auto racing picks for road courses, for years it seemed like a safe bet to look at the so-called road ringers and try to pick up a top 10 finish with a cheap or rarely used driver. But taking a look back at the last three road course races, …

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Nelson Piquet, Jr. to make Sprint Cup Series Debut this Weekend

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Randy Humphrey Racing announced that they will have Nelson Piquet, Jr. behind the wheel of their No. 77 Ford this weekend at Watkins Glen. It will mark Piquet, Jr.’s inaugural Sprint Cup Series start and his first NASCAR race of 2014. After making numerous starts for Turner Scott Motorsports in both the Camping World Truck …

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Nelson Piquet Jr. Wins 1st Career Pole in Inaugural Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 Qualifying at Rockingham

The first Camping World Truck Series race at Rockingham Speedway is going to be paced to the green flag by a first-time polesitter. Nelson Piquet Jr. scored his first pole position in qualifying for the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 in his 33rd attempt in the series. Paulie Harraka will be starting to his outside …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2011 Nashville 300

There really wasn’t a clear-cut villain in either race this weekend, so I’m going to take a different track. Online voting for the Most Popular Driver award for the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series doesn’t usually start until midsummer, but I’m wondering: will drivers ineligible for points in these series also be ineligible for this award? If fans can vote for the Cup drivers in either lower series, then NASCAR will once again be the villain for allowing the bullies to steal the little kids’ lunch money. If they leave those ineligible for points off the popularity ballots, then they deserve kudos for asking fans to think outside the Cup box and choose someone truly worthy.

Beyond the Cockpit: Nelson Piquet Jr. on a Fast Formula 1 to Stock Car Transition

Nelson Piquet Jr. understands the risks involved. For every Juan Pablo Montoya, there’s a Dario Franchitti who moved from the comfy confines of open-wheel to stock car racing… and fell flat on his face. It’s not an easy transition, combined with the impatience of both sponsors and owners to make the first few races over …

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