Race Weekend Central

Opinions Split After Wild-Card Kentucky Race

2016 Nscs Kentucky Speedway Green Flag Kevin Harvick Photo Nascar

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Opinions were split amongst the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series paddock after a difficult Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. With myriad changes compared to last season’s race in Sparta, Kentucky, Saturday’s 400-mile war of attrition was impossible to predict. A newly-repaved 1.5-mile surface saw the formerly bumpy track turn smooth, while retaining a few the …

Read more

Pit Road Penalty Spoils Promising Night For Martin Truex, Jr.

2016 Pocono I Cup Martin Truex Jr Cole Pearn Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Martin Truex, Jr., has lost races in a wide range of ways over the last two seasons. Yet somehow the three-time Sprint Cup Series winner found yet another way to lose in Saturday’s Quaker State 400. After trading the lead with Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski throughout the night, Truex found himself in second coming to …

Read more

Simon Pagenaud Soars to Iowa IndyCar Pole, Penske’s 500th Pole

2016 Ics Simon Pagenaud Pole Woohoo Photo Chris Jones Indycar

(Photo: Chris Jones/IndyCar)

Drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock hoping to make gains on Simon Pagenaud‘s impressive points lead at Iowa Speedway will have to pass the Frenchman to make it happen. Pagenaud’s 185.855-mph circuit around the .894-mile Newton, Iowa, oval proved fast enough to score the pole for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300. The result is Pagenaud’s eighth-career pole, …

Read more

Confusion Costs Erik Jones Potential Kentucky Race Win

2016 Phoenix I Nxs Erik Jones Car Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Confusion led to frustration as Erik Jones lost a chance to win Friday’s ALSCO 300 at Kentucky Speedway after failing to maintain speed under the race’s penultimate caution. Running in second going into the a lap 175 restart, Jones made the most of the high lane and became the only driver to pass Kyle Busch on-track …

Read more

Ryan Blaney Close, Brad Keselowski Quiet As Penske’s NXS Winless Streak Continues

2016 Fontana Nxs Ryan Blaney Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

For the first time in weeks, it finally looked like one of Team Penske’s stars had a shot at a NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Kentucky Speedway. The crazy thing is, it wasn’t defending race winner Brad Keselowski. Driving in one of the rare starts for Penske’s No. 12 Ford, Ryan Blaney qualified sixth for the night’s …

Read more

Darrell Wallace, Jr. Unfulfilled After Salvaging Top Five in Kentucky

2016 Fontana Nxs Darrell Wallace Jr Laughing Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

For many drivers, sneaking into the top 5 with a late-race pit call would be something to celebrate. However, for Darrell Wallace, Jr., and Roush Fenway Racing, all it does it remind them that they need to be better. After running just outside of the top five for the majority of Friday’s ALSCO 300 at …

Read more

Kyle Busch Nabs ALSCO 300 Pole

Kyle Busch

Photo: Zach Catanzareti

When the NASCAR XFINITY Series takes the green flag in a few short hours, it’ll be the series winning driver that leads the way. Kyle Busch‘s 28.828-second lap edged out Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez by .003 seconds to claim the Coors Light Pole for Friday’s ALSCO 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Erik Jones followed in third to …

Read more

Carl Edwards Tops Abbreviated Third Kentucky Practice

2016 Daytona Ii Cup Carl Edwards Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Carl Edwards led the way in a shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice on a green Kentucky Speedway. Driving his No. 19 Toyota, Edwards laid down a 28.627-second circuit to top the session, which started late due to a second rainstorm that required NASCAR’s Air Titans to dry the track. Martin Truex, Jr. – Edwards’ pseudo teammate at …

Read more

Denny Hamlin Leads as Downpour Halts Sprint Cup Practice in Kentucky

2106 Sonoma Cup Denny Hamlin Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

For the second-straight year, heavy rains have arrived at Kentucky Speedway. With lightning approaching, Friday’s second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice was red-flagged after a little over 30 minutes to allow teams and fans to take shelter. 15 minutes later, rain arrived. Current situation: pic.twitter.com/msa4U7gMFf — Kentucky Speedway (@KySpeedway) July 8, 2016 https://www.instagram.com/p/BHmy78Ljebt/?taken-by=aaronbearden93 Denny Hamlin proved …

Read more

Jimmie Johnson Goes to Backup Car After Practice Crash

Jimmie Johnson

(Photo: Zach Catanzaresi)

A largely unpredictable race on the newly-repaved Kentucky Speedway just became even less predictable for Jimmie Johnson. The six-time Sprint Cup Series champion will be forced to a backup car after crashing his primary machine in second practice for Saturday’s Quaker State 400. Running his 17th lap of the session, Johnson lost control of his …

Read more

Parker Kligerman Disappointed After Issue-Plagued One-Off in Kentucky

2016 Ncwts Parker Kligerman Jwt Jive Kentucky Speedway Photo Aaron Bearden

(Photo: Aaron Bearden)

While his No. 92 Ricky Benton Racing team decided against coming to Kentucky Speedway, Parker Kligerman was still among the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series paddock by virtue of the ailing John Wes Townley. With Townley suffering from concussion-like symptoms, Kligerman was chosen by Athenian Motorsports to replace the one-time winner in the team’s No. …

Read more