Race Weekend Central

The 10: Colorado Beatdown in Charlotte

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Wow. What else can you say after a dominating performance like Martin Truex, Jr.’s record-breaking beatdown of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field in the Coca-Cola 600? One year removed from a heartbreaking loss in NASCAR’s longest race to Carl Edwards on fuel mileage, Truex and his Furniture Row Racing team left no doubt who …

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The 10: Masters of the Monster Mile

2016 Dover I CUP Matt Kenseth trophy Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

 The big crashes from Talladega Superspeedway and Dover International Speedway – and Martin Truex, Jr.’s bad luck – have continued to crop up in recent weeks. This time, both came at once, as Jimmie Johnson lost his transmission, causing a pileup that swung both Truex’s day and these power rankings into a complete different direction. With …

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The 10: NASCAR Power Rankings Pre-Monster Mile

2016 Kansas I CUP Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick racing Russell Labounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

 Saturday was an interesting night at Kansas Speedway. Martin Truex, Jr. dominated nearly the entire race just to fall victim to circumstances outside of his control once again. Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski threw their races away going for broke in the late stages. Ryan Blaney drove the kind of consistent, impressive race that the …

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The 10: Talladega Twister Shuffles Sprint Cup Rankings

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(Photo: Matthew T. Hacker/NKP)

 You’ll have to forgive our writers in advance for focusing more on past history rather than the final result of Sunday’s attrition-filled GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway for this week’s Power Rankings. Who can blame them? With 35 of the 40 cars involved in some sort of incident, Talladega was less skill-based pack driving and more …

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The 10: Bristol Bump and Won

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Beatin’ and bangin’, hootin’ and hollerin’, bump and runnin’ and celebrating with the fans? Why, the past few weeks of short track NASCAR action have been classic. Dare I say it? One might even call it quintessential. The driver to fare better than anyone after it all was Carl Edwards. Cousin Carl took advantage of …

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The 10: Riding the High Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway

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(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Love it or hate it, Bristol was a day of many storylines. From drivers like Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth struggling through tire issues to underdogs like Matt DiBenedetto and Trevor Bayne seizing the moment for surprising finishes, Sunday’s Food City 500 had more twists and turns than the Tennessee mountains. With so many comers …

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The 10: Top Guns After Texas

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(Photo: Matthew T Hacker NKP)

After 500 miles – and a few extra hours — of racing (thanks, rain) little change occurred at the top of the Power Rankings. With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field starting to get into the meat of the 2016 schedule, the best teams in the series are beginning to establish themselves, and with that, positions …

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The 10: Bumping & Banging at Martinsville

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(Photo: Matthew T. Hacker NKP)

So, how’s that for ending a losing streak? Entering the weekend at Martinsville Speedway with an unexplainable 0-30 record, Kyle Busch took not just one, but two grandfather clocks with the first-ever sweep of the Camping World Truck and Sprint Cup series events at the half-mile paper clip. You won’t be shocked to know that …

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The 10: It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane!

2016 Fontana CUP Jimmie Johnson racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…. Six-Time! Jimmie Johnson added another chapter to his legendary career on Sunday, passing Dale Earnhardt on the all-time wins list with his 77th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Auto Club Speedway. With the triumph, Johnson has officially scored multiple victories in each of his 15 Cup seasons. …

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The 10: The Great Tie of Arizona

2016 Phoenix I CUP Denny Hamlin pack racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Well, this is a first. Sunday’s Good Sam 500(k) marked the second photo finish in four races to start 2016, with Kevin Harvick just edging out Carl Edwards to stay atop the throne as the king of Phoenix International Raceway. Not one to be outdone, our list of Power Rankings voters somehow managed an even …

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