Race Weekend Central

XFINITY Breakdown: Erik Jones Cruises to Victory in Iowa

Joe Gibbs Racing put on another dominant display at Iowa Speedway.  This time, it was Erik Jones’ turn to visit Victory Lane. Jones won the US Cellar 250 on Saturday night, earning his third victory of the season and fifth XFINITY win overall.  Jones started second and quickly established himself as the driver to beat, …

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Friday Faceoff: Where Does Kyle Busch Stack Up to Racing Royalty?

Kyle Busch Martinsville Cup Sweet Taste of Victory 2016 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

NASCAR has run three different packages at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the last three years, and none of them has produced a memorable race.  Is there anything else that can be done to make Indy live up to the hype? Mark Howell, Senior Writer: I have two suggestions:  either 1) widen the racing surface so we can …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Get Ready to Race with Stewart-Haas

2016 Michigan International Speedway NXS Alex Bowman Erik Jones field photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Stewart-Haas Racing has experienced a tremendous amount of growth in its relatively short existence.  In 2017, the organization will expand once again, this time to the XFINITY Series.  News broke on Monday that the team would field a single-car entry in NASCAR’s second-tier division next season with driver and sponsorship details announced later this year. …

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Pace Laps: Colorful Finale for Gordon and Stewart, Summer Heat Hits the Brickyard and NHRA Action in Denver

2016 NASCAR Indy Brickyard

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Sprint Cup: It’s a colorful finale for Gordon & Stewart – Though both Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart will be back next week at Pocono Raceway, Sunday’s Brickyard 400 will [or might] stand as their last races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With fans on their feet, both future Hall of Famers drove side-by-side on the …

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Friday Faceoff: Is NASCAR at Indianapolis Motor Speedway In Trouble?

Kevin Harvick leads a pack of cars in the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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The 100th edition of the Indianapolis 500 sold out, but the Brickyard 400 this Sunday might get 20 percent of the fan base. How low will attendance need to go for either Indianapolis Motor Speedway or NASCAR to ever consider pulling this race? Do you see stock cars racing at Indy in five years? Sean Fesko, …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Cars That Fail Inspection Keep the Win?

2016 Loudon I CUP Matt Kenseth pack racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Did you hear? The race-winning car of Matt Kenseth failed post-race inspection following New Hampshire on Sunday. Kenseth’s car was found to have failed laser inspection, and the team was docked 15 points and crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $25,000. The No. 20 car wasn’t the first winning machine to fail inspection this season; …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Erik Jones & Daniel Suarez Taking Opposite Paths to the Chase

2016 Richmond I NXS Erik Jones car Russell LaBounty NKP

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Halfway through the 2016 XFINITY Series season, there are two drivers who stand out as the biggest championship contenders.  Those drivers are the Joe Gibbs Racing duo of Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez.  Both are among the lucky few regulars who have won a race this year.  Jones has won twice, at Bristol and Dover.  Suarez, …

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Pace Laps: Weighing Martin Truex, Jr.’s Positives and Ty Dillon, Alex Bowman Duel at Loudon

2016 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Martin Truex Jr. photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Sprint Cup: Positives over Negatives for Truex, Jr. The end of the day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway saw yet another disappointed what-could-have-been result for Martin Truex, Jr. The driver who has become known for missing out on race wins in his career – even with some of the fastest equipment in the field – …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Busch Crushes the Field Again


(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Kyle Busch’s Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was all about the numbers.  He started at the front of the field in position number one.  He led 190 of 200 laps, and even cleared 17,000 laps led in his XFINITY career.  A series of pit stops for two tires kept him at the top of …

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Friday Face-off: Can NASCAR Learn from Pokemon GO?

2016 Charlotte CWTS pack racing I Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

What variable from Saturday’s race at Kentucky stood out the most to you – the racetrack’s repave and reconfiguration, Goodyear’s conservative tire choice or the low-low downforce package?  Bryan Gable, Staff Writer: I’ll go with the repave.  Goodyear’s decision to bring the super-hard tires probably contributed more to the state of the racing, but the repave was …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Does Team Penske’s Single-Car Approach Work?

2015 Road America NXS Ryan Blaney car credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Last weekend at Kentucky Speedway, Team Penske did something it had only done once before this year.  The organization fielded a second XFINITY Series entry.  Ryan Blaney piloted the No. 12 car to an eighth-place finish, while Brad Keselowski wound up 10th in the flagship No. 22 car.  In most of this season’s events, only …

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Pace Laps: Kes Rolling; Fast Jack Beckman; Hamilton Cruises & More


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Brad Keselowski hitting on all cylinders to start the summer- Though it may have come by fuel mileage, Keselowski wound up in victory lane again on Saturday evening in Kentucky. It was his third win in six tries at the newly repaved 1.5-mile racetrack. Adding the XFINITY Series, he has won at least one race …

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