Race Weekend Central

Unfulfilled Promise: The Story of the 1998 Rookie Class

1997 Atlanta Cup Jeff Gordon Kenny Irwin Jr. Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

“You can overcome anything in the world but fate.” – Richard Petty Such words can be applied to an almost limitless array of situations throughout the history of NASCAR. So often, success turns up where it may not have been initially deemed likely. Other times, those who seem destined for greatness never reach their lofty …

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Martins Motorsports Closes Down Truck Series Team

Tommy Joe Martins Daytona Pushing Car

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Martins Motorsports has ceased operations for its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, owner and driver Tommy Joe Martins has revealed. As recently as last week, Martins had anticipated the organization fielding trucks for multiple drivers over the course of the 2018 season. However, the deals that the team had previously negotiated fell through. At …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Team Penske

2017 Martinsville Cup Zach Catanzareti Brad Keselowski Joey Logano Team Penske

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Mooresville, N.C., has long been considered the main hub of stock car racing. But just north of Race City, USA, the scenery begins to look better suited for farming or raising cattle than building championship racecars. If you were to drive down Mazeppa Road, there’s a good chance you’d fly right past the narrow, unassuming …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Homestead

2017 Nascar Monster Cup Series, Homestead

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series finished off the 2017 campaign with a stellar championship battle this weekend. The finale has become an annual trip to the part of the country better known for alligators and pastel suits. South Florida set the scene and the title contenders delivered, with each of the four making a …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Phoenix

2017 Phoenix Ii Cup Martin Trues Jr Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series headed to Phoenix this weekend for the penultimate race of the season. For the drivers still chasing a spot in the Championship 4, it was the last opportunity to keep their title hopes alive. The goal was simple: win and advance. Otherwise, it’ll be a long offseason reflecting on …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Texas

Martin Truex Jr. Kansas Celebration

(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series blazed a trail into the Lone Star State this weekend for another 500-mile duel. With the playoff spots dwindling, the urgency starts to ratchet up for the drivers still vying for the title. Kyle Busch locked in his spot with his win last week and Martin Truex Jr. has …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Martinsville

Kyle Busch Martinsville Checkered Flag

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made its second visit to Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Technically, Halloween was still two days away but things got plenty spooky on the half-mile ,paperclip-shaped oval in southern Virginia. There’s a good chance one could ring the doorbell at any NASCAR team’s shop this week and walk away with …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Kansas

2017 Kansas Ii Cup Martin Truex Jr Burnout Barry Cantrell Nkp

Martin Truex Jr. (Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to Kansas Speedway this past weekend for the second chopping block of the playoffs. The goal: do whatever it takes to not be one of the bottom four drivers in the standings at the checkered flag. The playoff system currently in place leaves little room for mulligans and …

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Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr. & More Test on Charlotte Road Course

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(Photo: Frank Velat)

Four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams hit the twists and turns of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s infield road course on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The occasion was a tire test in an effort to provide data to Goodyear in preparation for next year’s Bank of America 500, which will be the first NASCAR event held on …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Talladega

2017 Talladega Ii Cup Ty Dillon Kurt Busch Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Fall is in the air as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series trekked into Alabama this weekend for its second visit to Talladega Superspeedway of 2017. On the upside, at least there weren’t any cars in the air this time around. However, Talladega still chewed ’em up and spit em out faster than you can …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Charlotte

2017 Loudon Cup Martin Truex Jr. Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Throughout the history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, there are numerous examples of a driver dominating at a certain track or type of track. What is unique about what we’ve seen at the mile-and-a-half speedways this year is that the dominant driver seemed destined for a career as an also-ran for nearly a …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Dover

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Championship hopes were at stake for some of the drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs this weekend. The second visit to Dover served as the initial cutoff point, after which the lowest four drivers in the standings would be eliminated. Kyle Busch charged to the front in the closing laps, postponing Chase …

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