Race Weekend Central

NASCAR 101: What Happened to All the Cup Series Debuts?

2016 Chicago Nxs Ryan Reed Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

It doesn’t take the work of some analyst sitting in the corner of a dark office poring through document upon document, statistic upon statistic to realize one of the side effects of NASCAR’s charter system in the Sprint Cup Series: lack of variety in the teams that compete each week. But another, perhaps slightly unexpected …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Potential Future NASCAR Drivers Racing in ARCA’s Season Finale

2016 Pocono I Arca Myatt Snider Austin Cindric Anthony Lumbis Sr.

(Photo: Anthony Lumbis Sr.)

It’s a triple-header this weekend at Kansas Speedway, but not in the way you might normally expect, with the NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck series each contesting events at the same track on the same weekend. Instead, while the Cup and XFINITY series continue their run toward prospective champions at Homestead-Miami Speedway …

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NASCAR 101: How Often Do Non-Chasers Win During the Chase?

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(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

While the still-eligible field in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Chase for the Championship just lost a fourth of its entrants, one category of driver on the circuit just got a little bit bigger: the roster of potential spoilers. Right, so, the usual spiel: NASCAR has attempted to reward winning a race even further by enacting a …

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NASCAR 101: Kentucky Perhaps the End of the 2016 Season for Some

2016 Iowa Speedway Nxs Sam Hornish Jr. Burnout Photo Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

There’s a very real possibility that this weekend will be the last time we’ll see a few familiar drivers in NASCAR this season. Again, key word: possibility. With eight weeks left in the season following this weekend’s events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway, there’s still plenty of time for schedules to change, …

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NASCAR 101: The 5 Biggest Points Gains in Chase History

2016 Las Vegas Cup Denny Hamlin Ryan Newman Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T Thacker/NKP)

Chase time: Who ranks where going into this weekend’s postseason opener for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Chicagoland Speedway? Those of you keeping track of where each driver ranks after NASCAR reset the points entering the Chase for the 16 drivers who made it in under the wire are probably already aware of the …

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Kyle Busch Wins 8th Race of XFINITY Season at Richmond

Kyle Busch

(Photo: Zach Catanzaresi)

When Kyle Busch gets behind the wheel of NASCAR XFINITY Series car, it’s generally not a question of if he’ll win, but of how dominant he’ll be while doing it. Friday night (Sept. 9) at Richmond International Raceway, Busch put on yet another clinic in the series, driving his No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing …

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NASCAR 101: 3 Stories to Follow At Richmond (That Don’t Concern the Sprint Cup Chase)

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

In some alternative universe right now, much like our own yet inherently different in a few capacities, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (or the NASCAR ____ Cup Series — fill in the blank!) is entering its second race of the season at Richmond International Raceway with nary a whisper of the Chase for the Sprint …

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NASCAR 101: Who’s Running What for NASCAR’s Throwback Weekend?

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(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

For the second straight year, NASCAR is holding an official Throwback Weekend coinciding with the Sprint Cup and XFINITY series races at Darlington Speedway. The gist, for those who don’t recall: As the Cup Series takes to Darlington for the Southern 500, one of the more tradition-laden weekends of the season, a majority of its teams …

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NASCAR 101: Who Can Win with 3 to Go Before the Chase?

2016 Daytona Ii Cup Michael Mcdowell Austin Dillon Clint Bowyer Racing John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Let’s talk about the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase to the Championship, because there’s only three more races before it begins. Yeah, for 2016 there are three different Chases across the three national touring series, with the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series also closing in on setting their fields for their inaugural post-season situations. …

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