Race Weekend Central

The 10: Hard Knocks & Grandfather Clocks

2016 Nascar Martinsville

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

It was a quiet summer for Jimmie Johnson. At one point, he even fell out of The 10. However, with the Chase winding down, and the Sprint Cup Series heading to some of his best tracks, Johnson’s returned to form and surged up the rankings. With his Championship 4 bid signed, sealed and delivered, Johnson was …

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History in Sight: Jimmie Johnson Eyes Championship No. 7

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

For Hendrick Motorsports, Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 couldn’t have been much more poetic. After 500 grueling laps, Jeff Gordon climbed out from the cockpit of the No. 88 Chevrolet, celebrating a season-best sixth-place result while coming to terms with what appears to have been his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. As Gordon caught …

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The 10: Plot Twist at Talladega Superspeedway

2016 Nascar Talladega

(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500 proved to be one of the Chase’s biggest wild cards, much like fans and critics expected. However, the way it became a wild card was much different than anticipated. The Big One? Nope. Chasers crashing out? Not a one. Instead, it was two blown motors and a spirited battle among competitors that told the …

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Bearden: Talladega Will Be Missed As a Chase Round Cutoff

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Sunday’s Hellman’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway didn’t need “The Big One” or Dale Earnhardt, Jr., in the field to put on its third-straight thrilling finale for the Chase’s Round of 12. Yet sadly, it’ll be the last time the race will get that distinction after a planned one-week date swap with Kansas Speedway beginning in …

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2-Headed Monster: Can One of the Bottom Four Chasers Win and Advance at Talladega?

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(Photo: John Harrleson / NKP)

Coming into this weekend’s Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, only two drivers — Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick — find themselves safe and in the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase. Winners during the first two races of the round, they’ll be the only ones in the playoff field of 12 …

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Cool Down: Who Can Burst the Bubble?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

With the first two races of the Round of 12 complete, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field is gearing up for the Chase’s wild-card track: Talladega Superspeedway. In typical Chase fashion, some drivers are more desperate than others. Two of the 12 playoff contenders can rest easy. Jimmie Johnson’s triumphant return to form at Charlotte …

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Sebastien Bourdais Confirmed at Dale Coyne Racing for 2017

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While Coletti has struggled, teammate Sebastien Bourdais is in the midst of his best IndyCar season to date. (Photo: Joe Skibinski)

Sebastien Bourdais‘ rumored return to Dale Coyne Racing was officially announced on Wednesday, giving the organization their first confirmed driver for 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series ahead of a Thursday test. A four-time Champ Car champion, Bourdais first drove for DCR in 2011 after a brief stint in F1 and sports car racing. Now, after two …

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2-Headed Monster: Who is in More Trouble This Weekend – Ty Dillon or Erik Jones?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

It’s doubtful that anybody would have predicted this two races go: Erik Jones and Ty Dillon both sitting outside the cut line in the first round of the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. Down the stretch? Perhaps. But as strong as those teams have run, to see them in trouble just two races in is surprising. …

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Josef Newgarden Moves to Team Penske for 2017

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(Photo: Chris Owens/IndyCar)

After two successful years with Ed Carpenter Racing, Josef Newgarden is set to step up to the Verizon IndyCar Series’ (VICS) top team in 2017. Team Penske announced today that the Tennessean will join the championship-winning organization next season, driving the team’s No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet. Newgarden, who earned his first three victories in …

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The 10: Masters of the Monster Mile

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Would you look at that? He did it again. Martin Truex, Jr., surged ahead of the field –and I mean way ahead, by over 10 seconds– to claim a dominant victory in the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway, his fourth of 2016. With it, he also soared right back atop our power rankings. I know. …

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