NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 AAA Texas 500

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Who’s in the headline? – Jimmie Johnson saved his best for last Sunday and spoiled Brad Keselowski‘s party as the laps wound down. Johnson led six laps during the event, including the final four to steal the win from Keselowski, who led 312 of the posted 334 laps of the event. Johnson proved, once again, …

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Tech Talk: Bono Manion Talks Air Flow, Strategy and Teammates at Talladega

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Talladega Superspeedway, where the crew chief has the least amount of input into the speed of the cars of any race weekend all season. Kevin “Bono” Manion, crew chief for Sam Hornish Jr.‘s No. 9, is this week’s crew chief for Tech Talk. He talks about the difficulty …

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Did You Notice? Why Talladega Is Still NASCAR’s Heart Attack In Waiting

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Did You Notice? The number of green-white-checkered finishes has been reduced for Talladega? NASCAR announced Tuesday it’s down to one instead of the standard three to help curb the carnage seen since the rule was put in place last decade. The change has its merit although it’s less likely to be used than you think. The …

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Sonic Joins Richard Petty Motorsports and Sam Hornish Jr. for Two Races

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Fans watching or attending the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday will see a fresh look on the side of the No. 9 Ford Fusion. Richard Petty Motorsports and Sonic have partnered to sponsor Sam Hornish Jr. in two upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. The sponsor will also appear on the No. 9 Ford at …

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Off the Wall With: Sam Hornish Jr.

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In the spotlight this week: NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and IndyCar champion Sam Hornish Jr. What’s fun besides racing? Sam Hornish Jr.: It all depends. Some days it is helping my daughters out with art projects or whatever they have going on. Other days it is building stuff out of wood or metal. I don’t …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Who Will Be at Richard Petty Motorsports in 2016, and Franchising?

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Just when you think Kevin Harvick can’t get it done at Dover, needing to bring home a victory in order to stay in the Contender Round of the Chase, he does it again. “The Closer” led nearly all of the 400 laps, with 355 at Dover in the AAA 400 on Sunday. His dominance wasn’t a huge …

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Richard Petty Motorsports, Ford Re-Up for 2016

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Richard Petty Motorsports will continue its partnership with Ford Performance in 2016. Petty and Ford, which have been partners stretching all the way back to 1969 and most recently since 2010, will continue to field cars in NASCAR’s top series next year. The racing team currently fields two full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entries with Sam …

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Tech Talk: Truck Arms and Pinion Angles with Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion

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The 1-mile racetrack in Loudon, New Hampshire, provides some unique challenges to race teams. For a team that isn’t in the Chase, the test is to compete and try and win the event while not interfering with the teams racing for the championship. As a team that hasn’t won this season, getting the car to …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Denny Hamlin and the Chase Media Tour in… Mexico?

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That collective gasp you just heard was the sigh of relief from Jeff Gordon fans. The No. 24 team will make the Chase and contend for a fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship this year, for the final time in the driver’s 24-year career. We also saw drivers Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard make it …

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Sam Hornish Jr. Gains Sponsors for 2015 400 at Chicagoland

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Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday that Walmart, along with its numerous consumer brands, will serve as sponsors on the No. 9 Ford Fusion at the Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. The sponsorship will feature Blue-Emu, SlimFast and Natrol throughout the No. 9 that will be driven by Sam Hornish Jr. at the 1.5-mile oval. While …

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