Race Weekend Central

Friday Face-off: Who’ll Fill These Ginormous Shoes?

2017 Atlanta Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Car Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced this week that he’ll retire at the end of the 2017 season, the fourth very popular driver to step away since 2015.  What impact will his retirement have on the sport as a whole, and is there a driver out there who can have the impact he’s had on and off …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Bristol

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series hit the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday for the Food City 500. Or at least, that was the plan initially. But April showers brought Monday horsepower, as the race was washed out for the weekend and postponed to Monday afternoon. It was disappointing for those race …

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The 10: Power Rankings Of The Best Drivers To Never Win A Cup Race

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is undoubtedly the pinnacle of stock car racing. Every driver who has made even one start dreams of scoring a win. It’s an exclusive club, with only 186 members as of the start of the 2017 season. The best beating the best when they are at their best. But …

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Martins Motorsports Announces Switch to XFINITY Series

2017 Camping World Truck Nextera Energy Resources 250 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Thursday 23 February 2017 Parker Kligerman, Kaz Grala, And Tommy Joe Martins World Copyright: Barry Cantrell/nkp

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Martins Motorsports has announced a return to running part-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with driver Tommy Joe Martins. The change comes after fielding a full-time entry in the Camping World Truck Series last season. The team will begin at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 on April 22 with Martins, who …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Texas

2017 Texas I Cup Jimmie Johnson Burnout Lagan Whitton Nkp

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series two-stepped into the wide open spaces of Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Or, shall we say, the wider open spaces. The track was repaved since the tour last visited the 1.5-mile quad-oval, and, among other enhancements, the racing surface in Turns 1 and 2 was widened by about 20 …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Martinsville

2017 Martinsville Cup Zach Catanzareti Brad Keselowski

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams rolled into Martinsville Speedway last weekend for the first short track race of 2017. As is always the case, a field of pristine, hand built cars started the race. Then, their drivers promptly beat against, leaned on and slammed into each other until nearly all of them looked …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Martinsville & the Original NASCAR SuperTrucks

2016 Martinsville I Cup Overhead View Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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This Saturday, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action at the Martinsville Speedway. For all that has changed over the 23 year history of the tour, Martinsville has remained a constant. The 0.526 mile paperclip-shaped oval in southern Virginia is one of only three tracks on the inaugural Truck schedule that the series …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Fontana

2017 Fontana Nxs Kyle Larson Woohoo Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series went Hollywood this weekend for its annual visit to Fontana, CA. The stars were were out and the red carpet dazzled with NASCAR’s best. But it was California’s own Kyle Larson who stole the show. Larson stuck to his script and delivered an award-winning performance. The Chip Ganassi Racing …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Re-Emergence of Chip Ganassi Racing

2014 Indycar Sonoma Chip Ganassi Credit Linn Ladner

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ONE: Chip Ganassi Racing Chip Ganassi Racing has gone through both spurts of ultra-competitive greatness and the lulls of being a field filler. However, the organization as a whole has almost never looked better. We’ve all heard plenty about Kyle Larson and the wondrous start he is off to in 2017. Larson came into this …

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Kyle Larson Scores Auto Club 400 Pole

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Kyle Larson continued his impressive start to the 2017 season in qualifying on Friday, picking up his second career pole. The No. 42 Ganassi Racing Chevrolet posted a time of 38.493 seconds (187.047 mph) in the final round. Larson put up his fast lap late in the session by moving up to the high line. …

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Kyle Larson Fastest In Opening Practice For Auto Club 400

2017 Las Vegas Cup Kyle Larson Russell Labounty Nkp

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After finishing second in four of the last five races, Kyle Larson is clearly tired of being a bridesmaid. So when it came time for practice on Friday at the Auto Club Speedway, Larson and his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet got off to a great start towards improving that by one spot Sunday. Larson paced …

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Joey Logano Leads XFINITY Practice Sessions At Auto Club Speedway

Joey Logano 2017 Xfinity Las Vegas Nigel Kinrade/nkp

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Joey Logano has been on the receiving end of plenty of misfortune to start the 2017 season. However, based on the results of XFINITY Series practice at Auto Club Speedway on Friday, it seems possible that the tide may be turning in his favor. Logano posted the fastest time in the opening round, putting down a …

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