Race Weekend Central

Up to Speed: When Happy Gets Angry

2018 Las Vegas I Cup Kevin Harvick Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Kevin Harvick won last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, scoring his second straight victory of the 2018 season.  He won in dominant fashion, leading 214 of 267 laps.  Nobody was off to a better start than Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing crew, and the team was heading to ISM Raceway, where Harvick had won eight times before. …

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Up to Speed: Be Concerned About Pit Guns

2018 Daytona Cup Ryan Newman Pit Stop Zach Catanzareti

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Just a reminder: we are three races into the 2018 NASCAR season. The way that teams are performing now might have little-to-no bearing on the rest of the year.  Recall Joe Gibbs Racing’s slow start to 2017 and the seemingly dire outlook of its drivers’ championship hopes.  By the playoffs, JGR and its associates at …

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Up to Speed: Solving the Atlanta Weather Problem

Paul Menard Rain

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Before the competitors of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series could do battle against each other at Atlanta Motor Speedway, they had to battle Mother Nature. The Sunday forecast looked pretty grim throughout the week, calling for rain all day. Fortunately, the sanctioning body moved the start time up one hour, started the track drying …

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Up to Speed: Wild & Young Racers Steal the Show at Daytona

2018 Daytona Cup Zach Catanzareti Erik Jones

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If the Daytona 500 is any indication, the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season could be one of the wildest in years. Granted, making any predictions about an entire season based only on the first race is a dangerous game.  The Daytona 500 is unlike any other race on the NASCAR schedule, and restrictor plate …

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Up to Speed: Will Rising Young NASCAR Stars Contend for the Championship?

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Wednesday 22 February 2017 Chase Elliott Ryan Blaney World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker/nkp

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After a wave of 2017 retirements, a youth movement has turned into a tsunami, in position to take the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series by storm.  The top division of professional stock car racing is awash with fresh talent, poised to be a major storyline as soon as this Sunday’s Daytona 500. Most of the …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Furniture Row Racing

2017 Nascar Monster Cup Series, Homestead

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Heading into the 2017 NASCAR season, Furniture Row Racing prepared to do something it had never done before.  The Denver, Colo.-based organization, led by Barney Visser, would field two cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  Veteran Martin Truex Jr. returned to the No. 78 team for his fourth season with FRR.  Truex was …

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Up to Speed: Is Martin Truex Jr. the New Dale Jarrett?

2017 Nascar Monster Cup Series, Homestead

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If there is one thing that NASCAR fans of all stripes love, it is comparing the careers of different drivers.  Martin Truex Jr.’s career took on a new dimension Sunday after winning his first championship at NASCAR’s highest level.  Whatever else Truex accomplishes in his career, he will always be tied to the select group …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Gets It Done at Homestead?

2016 Kansas I Cup Martin Truex Jr Dale Earnhardt Jr Brett Moist Nkp

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After the dust cleared at Phoenix, it will be Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski duking it out for the championship at Homestead.  Who takes home the trophy? Amy Henderson: Truex is ready to close it out and has the car to do it.  And if anyone else does win it, …

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Up to Speed: One More Win for Matty Ice

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Series, Martinsville

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In a racing career that has spanned more than 20 years, Matt Kenseth has accrued his fair share of nicknames. While racing on the short tracks of the Midwest as a teenager, he became known as “Matt the Brat” by defeating his older competition.  NASCAR fans dubbed him “The Robot” after watching several years of …

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Friday Faceoff: Is NASCAR Revenge a Thing of the Past?

11 13 March, 2016, Avondale, Arizona Usa Joey Logano And Matt Kenseth, Dollar General Toyota Camry ©2016, Russell Labounty Nkp

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With Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick locked into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Round of 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on wins and Martin Truex Jr. on points, just one spot is up for grabs at Phoenix International Raceway.  Brad Keselowski has a substantial 19-point cushion, but will he make the cut, or will Denny …

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Up to Speed: This Time, It Really is About Winning

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Aaa Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Tx Usa Friday 3 November 2017 Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing Rodney, Mobil 1 Ford Fusion And Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Wurth Ford Fusion World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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In the fourth season of the elimination-style playoffs, NASCAR may have finally gotten its wish. Heading to the final race in the Round of 8, three spots in the championship battle at Homestead-Miami Speedway have already been filled.  With just one more spot open, advancing might depend on a championship hopeful winning next week at …

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Up to Speed: No Teammates at the Finish

2017 Martinsville Cup Zach Catanzareti Denny Hamlin

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Recall the fall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway one year ago.  Most fans probably remember Jimmie Johnson winning and punching his ticket to the final round of the postseason.  Finishing third, fourth and fifth were title contenders Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch. Despite the top five, Busch was not happy …

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