Race Weekend Central

Dakoda Armstrong, Richard Petty Motorsports Part Ways

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There’s one less driver in the running for the No. 9 Sprint Cup ride: Dakoda Armstrong and Richard Petty Motorsports have officially parted ways. The Indiana native ran two full seasons for the King in the Xfinity Series, earning one pole and four top 10s. His best finish in those two seasons was a sixth …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead

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For much of Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300, Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch dominated the proceedings. After an early competition caution, the duo ran off and hid, and by the halfway point, less than 10 drivers were on the lead lap. By the time the third caution flew on lap 118 for Josh Reaume hitting the …

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Pace Laps: Revenge, Free Agency, and Champions Crowned

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Sprint Cup Series: They’re at it again. Just as Joey Logano had visions a fourth consecutive win of 2015 and first at Martinsville Speedway, Matt Kenseth came back on track multiple laps down and all the eyes turned to the other yellow car of Kenseth. Heated from the Kansas spin off Logano’s bumper two weeks …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Regan Smith’s Future and NASCAR’s Schedule Problem

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What a wild finish we had at Talladega. There are a lot of fans up in arms about whether the race should have finished under green and whether the race should have had more green-white-checkered attempts.  Whatever side you are on, the biggest controversy lies in the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish since the rules were …

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Friday Faceoff: Did Jimmie Johnson Cross a Line?

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Many took to social media on Sunday after Jimmie Johnson stayed on track during a late caution.  The move gave Johnson the race lead, but also trapped Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. a lap down in fast cars, which was beneficial to teammates Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Is that kind of teamwork acceptable, or …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Audience Increases For NBC, Kansas

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Kansas last weekend saw a couple of interesting races. Matt Kenseth probably should have won both of them, but was denied on both Saturday and Sunday. Of course, we all know that the 2003 champion is a little angry today, but he’ll get over it. Last weekend saw the Chase once again front and center on …

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Pace Laps: Bad Blood and Close Battles

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Sprint Cup Series: Just as the No. 20 team thought its driver was set to make a trip to Victory Lane and notch a spot in the Eliminator 8, leader Matt Kenseth went spinning off of Joey Logano‘s front bumper on lap 267, dashing his hopes of heading into Talladega with nothing to worry about. …

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Regan Smith Will Not Return to JR Motorsports in 2016

Regan Smith sits in his No. 7 Tax Slayer car during practice for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International

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It was an assumption everyone made when JR Motorsports signed Elliott Sadler earlier this month. But Regan Smith made it official Friday afternoon when he confirmed he would not be returning to the organization next season. “I know I’m not going to be back to JR Motorsports next year for sure,’’ Smith told NBC Sports’s …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Regan Smith On… Hockey?

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Regan Smith is the elder statesman at JR Motorsports, paired with “young gun” and reigning Xfinity Series champ Chase Elliott. This year, though it’s the old dog teaching everyone else new tricks, currently sitting third in points just 34 behind Chris Buescher. Smith finished fifth on Friday night and gained two points on Buescher, keeping …

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Eyes on Xfinity: 5 Keys to Winning the Series Championship

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There are just four Xfinity Series races left in the 2015 season. Come Homestead in just over a month, a first-time champion will be crowned. Currently, it’s a four-driver race for the title, although Chris Buescher holds a healthy 18-point lead over Ty Dillon. Buescher, while not controlling his own destiny, likely needs to finish …

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