Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice?: Joe Gibbs Racing Still Lags Behind at One-Quarter Pole

2017 Martinsville Cup Zach Catanzareti Daniel Suarez

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Did You Notice? … The difference a year makes for Joe Gibbs Racing? This time last year, JGR had won five of nine races and had all four drivers firmly within playoff position. This time around? The organization is 0-for-9. Of its four-driver team, only Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin are in playoff position. Matt Kenseth hadn’t even led a …

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Did You Notice?: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Retires On His Terms, Goes His Own Way

2017 Hendrick Motorsports Cup Zach Catanzareti Dale Earnhardt Jr.

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring at the end of the season? Are you surprised? I think we’re all lying if we say we aren’t. The move, while expected to come in the next couple of years, not this one, was kept nicely under wraps. A well-orchestrated press conference Tuesday afternoon was not sniffed …

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Did You Notice?: Jimmie Johnson’s Other Big Milestone

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Did You Notice? … The other milestones Jimmie Johnson could be chasing soon? Sure, the eighth championship stands out above all others. But Johnson’s 81st victory a little over a week ago came as a reminder he’s entering exclusive territory. That Texas triumph marked the 16th straight year Johnson has earned at least one Cup Series …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s All-Star Race Hail Mary

2016 Charlotte All Star Cup Jamie Mcmurray Ryan Newman Kyle Larson Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Did You Notice? … NASCAR is throwing an All-Star Race Hail Mary? A litany of changes announced Tuesday (April 11) for the sport’s main exhibition are designed to return it to a state of former glory. Twenty-five years after “One Hot Night,” the infamous 1992 race in which Dale Earnhardt and a victorious Davey Allison spun in …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR Franchising Value Needs Serious Work

2017 Martinsville Cup Zach Catanzareti Jimmie Johnson

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … A Sports Business Journal report surrounding the value of NASCAR franchises? If true, charters have been sold the last year or two at an average value of $2-3 million. According to the article, Tommy Baldwin Racing was one of the higher-end examples of what franchises have been worth. The team, which spent …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Old Dogs Not Learning New Tricks

2016 Cup Homestead Miami Speedway Zach Catanzareti Jimmie Johnson Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

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Did You Notice? … The sport’s oldest drivers are the ones having the hardest transition into NASCAR’s new point system? Matt Kenseth (45), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (42), and Jimmie Johnson (41) are the three oldest competing full-time. (Sorry, Derrike Cope. 1990 was a loooong time ago.) The trio, despite being competitive at times has come up …

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Did You Notice? … Second Place The First Winner In NASCAR Point System

2016 Michigan Ii Cup Kyle Larson Burnout John Harrelson Nkp

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Did You Notice? … The effect NASCAR stage racing has had on the point standings to date? Perhaps the most important shift occurred Sunday with Ryan Newman’s win. Newman, who won on late-race pit strategy after struggling most of the day is the first victor in the sport’s modern era to score fewer points than the second-place finisher. Kyle Larson …

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Did You Notice? … Kyle Busch & Joey Logano’s Problem With Boys, Have At It

Did You Notice? … Kyle Busch‘s problem with NASCAR’s “Boys, have at it” rule? It’s certainly not the sport itself. Thrilled with the national publicity caused by Sunday’s scuffle, they’re leaning towards no penalty for Busch. Officials are happy that a spontaneous show of emotion overshadowed a ho-hum race and breathed life into the sport. Problem is, they …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR Pit Road Speeding Outpaces Atlanta Lead Changes

2016 Chicago Cup Kevin Harvick Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Did You Notice? … Sunday’s Cup Series race at Atlanta had more pit road speeding penalties called (13) than lead changes (nine)? It was only fitting the day’s dominant driver, Kevin Harvick, got slapped with the final ticket, a call that took away a trip to Victory Lane. The penalties were spread out equally, affecting everyone from underfunded Derrike …

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Did You Notice? … Chase Elliott Chasing Unrealistic Expectations

2016 Loudon I Cup Chase Elliott Jimmie Johnson Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Did You Notice? … Chase Elliott’s bitter pill to swallow after losing the Daytona 500? Elliott, whose dry gas tank cost him the lead with three laps remaining, dropped from first to 14th at the finish. Leaving without an interview from a reporter, he issued a brief statement through Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet saying the end was “disappointing.” …

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Did You Notice? … Whether Change Can Keep NASCAR Afloat?

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Did You Notice? … Just a NASCAR change or two has descended upon us since we last came together? Since November, the sport has taken on a new title sponsor in Monster Energy, adopted a flurry of new rules designed to spice up competition, and split with tradition by chopping even the Daytona 500 into …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR Parity Not the Answer

2016 Pocono I Cup Joey Logano Martin Truex Jr Racing John Harrelson Nkp

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Did You Notice? … This season has produced more parity than at any time in recent NASCAR history? To answer that question we look no further than this year’s edition of the Championship 4. Each driver has either three or four victories; they’d all be inside the top 10 in points without the Chase. You can …

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