Race Weekend Central

Truckin’ Thursdays: Schedule Brings Out Captivating Competition

2016 Charlotte Cwts Matt Crafton Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Remember back in 2012, when the Camping World Truck Series schedule lost a few races and it wasn’t a popular move within the industry? Now in it’s fifth year of existence, you can say it has worked for the better. Currently, the Truck Series runs 23 races and has added one venue since 2014, bringing Atlanta Motor Speedway …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Ryan Newman Looking to End RCR’s Dry Streak

2016 Charlotte All Star Cup Ryan Newman Car Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Growing up driving Quarter Midgets, Modifieds and USAC, Ryan Newman has been around racing his entire adult life. When he made the move to NASCAR in 2000, he was given the nickname “Rocket Man” for a good reason. Being paired with racing legends such as Roger Penske, Tony Stewart and Richard Childress, Newman hasn’t disappointed when …

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Daytona International Speedway Named SBJ’s Sports Facility of the Year

With the recent $400 million construction of  the fan experience-centric Daytona Rising, Daytona International Speedway has been named the recipient of the SportsBusiness Journal‘s  Sports Facility of the Year. The superspeedway beat out the likes of Avaya Stadium (San Jose Earthqukes), Bill Snyder Family Stadium (Kansas State University Wildcats), Kyle Field (Texas A&M Aggies) and Petco …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Five Drivers that Need to Turn the Corner

2016 Atlanta Cwts Tyler Reddick Helmet Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Five races into the Camping World Truck Series season, there are familiar foes atop the season long standings. Four of the potential Chase births have already been clinched. The real question is whether or not there will be more than eight winners that make up the newly anointed Chase. On the other side of things there …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Excessive Burnouts Put Teams on the Hot Seat?

2016 Kansas I Cup Kevin Harvick Racing Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Three races into his return, Tony Stewart is making up some ground on 30th in points, the Chase cut-off for a driver with a win.  How likely does that win look for Stewart in the next 15 races? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I hate to say it, but not very likely. I think Stewart-Haas Racing/Hendrick Motorsports …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Lapped Cars Get Off the Track?

2016 Talladega I Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Carl Edwards Crash Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

After Sunday’s race at Talladega saw 35 of 40 cars involved in on-track incidents, does NASCAR need to reevaluate restrictor plate racing with the current rules? Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: This kind of hand-wringing happens every few years when there is a big wreck. They’ve been launching them into the air since 1973, and had …

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2-Headed Monster: Has the Logano/Kenseth Feud Run Its Course?

2016 Las Vegas Cup Matt Kenseth Joey Logano Racing John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Richard Petty and David Pearson.  Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon. Kurt Busch and Jimmy Spencer. Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. Over the years, these have been some of the more famous rivalries in NASCAR, and whether they resulted in drivers coming to blows or just good-natured competition on the race track, they kept fans engaged and …

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Friday Faceoff: Is the Bump-and-Run Acceptable?

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The spring short track season ended with a bump-and-run move at Richmond International Raceway when Carl Edwards moved teammate Kyle Busch out of his way en route to the win.  Is the bump and run for the win a legit move, or does it sink into the waters of dirty driving? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: …

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JJ Yeley Replaces David Starr at TriStar Motorsports

Out with the old and in with the new is what TriStar Motorsports announced on Wednesday evening as Sprint Cup veteran JJ Yeley will replace NASCAR veteran David Starr in the No. 44 Toyota in the XFINITY Series for TriStar Motorsports starting at Talladega. Starr, 48, has been running full-time with TriStar Motorsports for the past …

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Austin Cindric, Austin Theriault Snag More Races with Brad Keselowki Racing

Brad Keselowski Racing announced on Thursday that the team will again field three entries in a couple of upcoming races. Austin Cindric and Austin Theriault will return to the team to drive the No. 2 Ford for two races (one each). Cindric, 17, son of Team Penske President Tim Cindric, will make his first start of 2016 in …

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NASCAR CEO Brian France Addresses Many Topics in Associated Press Meeting

2014 Daytona Sprint Cup Brian France Press Conference Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

On Thursday, NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France spent the day in New York City meeting with members of The Associated Press at the yearly ASPE Commissioner Meeting. At the gathering, France represented NASCAR and answered many questions regarding the future of the sport, as well as his controversial comments defending Republican Candidate Donald Trump. …

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