Race Weekend Central

Five Points to Ponder: Racing Legends New and Old

Alexander Rossi Indianapolis 2016 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

ONE: Truex Wins What a morale-boosting victory it was for Martin Truex, Jr. Sunday night. The driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevy eviscerated the field, leading a whopping 392 of 400 laps – the most one driver has ever led in a NASCAR race at Charlotte. Truex has led laps in seven races this season …

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5 Points To Ponder: Memorial Day Weekend Racing Nirvana

Indycar 2015 Nola James Hinchcliffe Sitting In Car Credit Chris Owens

(Photo: Chris Owens)

ONE: Racing Nirvana This is THE weekend for you, race fans – no apologies for the caps. The greatest Sunday in motorsports will contain three epic races across three different racing series, a little variety paired with some nail-biting competition. First up, it’s the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix. Now back in the day, on a road …

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5 Points to Ponder: Great Expectations

What to Expect: It’s hard to know what exactly will to expect this Saturday night with the new format for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The revised rules will certainly make for some interesting strategy in the second set of fifty laps before we finish up with the 13-lap sprint to …

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5 Points to Ponder: Breaking Down NASCAR’s All-Star Race Changes

2016 Kansas I Cup Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

ONE: Is Kyle Busch NASCAR’s Championship Favorite? Kyle Busch’s victory at what was, let’s be fair, an absolute snoozer of a race at Kansas Speedway was his third of the season (a series best). It was also his 37th Cup victory in his 401st race and, incredibly, his 162nd win across all three levels of top …

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Five Points to Ponder: Where There’s “Smoke,” There’s Fire

2016 Richmond I Cup Kyle Busch Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Smoke Rising: Wasn’t it good to see the lovable curmudgeon himself, Tony Stewart, back in action at Richmond International Raceway this past Sunday? The sport needs characters, not automaton sponsor-spouting shills and there can be no question Smoke fits squarely into the first category. In the end it was a relatively ho hum lead lap …

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Five Points to Ponder: Barren Stands at Bristol

2016 Bristol Motor Speedway Nscs Matt Kenseth Leads Pack Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

ONE: Barren Bristol There isn’t a cameraman skilled enough anywhere in the world that could have made the Bristol Motor Speedway stands look any better than half-full this past Sunday. And the truth is, it’s a really sad sign of the gradual but continual malaise that has plagued the Sprint Cup Series these past few …

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5 Points to Ponder: Pantomime Villains Past and Present

2015 Bristol Ii Cup Joey Logano Trophy Nascar Via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Villain to win at Bristol? My tip for this weekend’s win is the current pantomime villain of the NASCAR circuit: Joey Logano. It’s a role the Connecticut native spoke about early this season in a USA Today Interview. “Some of the fans look at me as a villain or not a nice guy for some …

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5 Points to Ponder: Brothers, Centurions and Nations

2016 Martinsville I Cup Aj Allmendinger Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

ONE: The Champ gets his clock In the end, by Martinsville’s very high standards, it was a relatively pain-free first victory of the year for the 2015 champion, Kyle Busch, who swept the weekend winning the Truck race as well. Busch becomes the fifth winner of the season, joining Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and …

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Five Points to Ponder: Can Kasey Kahne Recover?

2016 Fontana Cup Kasey Kahne Helmet Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

ONE: Martinsville, Sweet Martinsville Ah, Martinsville, let me count the ways I love you. I’ve said it before countless times and I’ll say it again this week: There’s little that ails NASCAR that can’t be fixed with a trip to the venerable and ageless Martinsville Speedway. This will be Cup race number 135 – a …

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Five Points to Ponder: Dissecting Cole’s Terrific Tweet & Busch’s Recovery

2016 Fontana Cup Pack Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

ONE: Tweet of the Year I have to start out this week with a comment on what might already be the tweet of the 2016 season and given the likely volume of 140-character missives to come over the next nine months from the NASCAR community that’s quite the statement at this early stage. “I guess @joeylogano …

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Five Points to Ponder: Status Quo and Strong Starts

2016 Phoenix I Cup Jimmie Johnson Chase Elliott Pack Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Dillon’s Strong Start It has been a great first four races for Austin Dillon in his third full year of top-echelon competition. To date, Dillon has secured a ninth-place finish in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, an 11th-place run at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his first top 5 of the year (fifth place) at Las Vegas …

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