Race Weekend Central

2016 NASCAR Rewind: Austin Dillon

He may not have shown the speed Dale Earnhardt did in the No. 3, but for the first time, Austin Dillon showed potential for victory. Leading the field to green on two occasions in the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season, the 26-year-old made the Chase for the first time before a heartbreaking result ended his …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: NASCAR Championship Edition

2016 Indianapolis Cup Jimmie Johnson Hat Russell Labounty Nkp

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The final race of the season ended with the kind of drama that NASCAR could only hope for when it devised the Chase system, and especially this current Chase system. There was no ceremonial ride around for 267 laps for the champion as there had been at times when the championship was all but won …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Steals Victory From the Jaws of Defeat at Phoenix

2016 Nascar Phoenix

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – In the final elimination race of the season, Joey Logano looked like he was about to slip out of contention for a transfer position. Fortunately for him, a caution flag flew, which bunched the field up and afforded him a final shot to reclaim a spot in the final four. …

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NASCAR Penalizes Nearly Two Dozen Teams in Texas

2016 Cup Texas Joey Logano Car Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

On Wednesday, NASCAR released the weekly penalty report stemming from Texas.  Compared to recent weeks, this one was quite the doozy. In the Sprint Cup Series, Joey Logano‘s No. 22 Ford that finished second Sunday night was found to have one loose lugnut.  As a result, the No. 22 has been hit with a P2 …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Decent Despite Dearth of Texas Racing

Nascar Sprint Cup Series Aaa Texas 500

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All three of NASCAR’s national series visited Texas Motor Speedway last weekend, with two races run under the lights, which wouldn’t be out of the ordinary, except only one — the Camping World Truck Series event on Friday — was actually planned to be. But rain threatened the running of the AAA Texas 500 in …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Carl Edwards Saves Best for Last to Win at Texas

2016 Nascar Sprint Cup Series, Texas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – While Carl Edwards will garner most of the headlines for the weekend, it was Mother Nature who took most of the attention. The race was delayed by five-and-a-half hours due to track drying efforts that seemed to make progress at a snail’s pace. Once the race began, the sun had …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 AAA Texas 500

2016 Nascar Sprint Cup Series, Texas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? When the season has been a struggle almost from day one and the best qualifying effort a driver can muster is 31st, it would be easy to write the weekend off as a lost cause.  But for Kasey Kahne at least, the day-to-night switch at Texas worked out well. …

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Carl Edwards Wins Rain-Shortened AAA Texas 500, Advances to Championship 4

2016 Indianapolis Cup Chase Elliott Carl Edwards Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist NKP)

The very thing that kept Carl Edwards out of the Championship 4 in 2015 had his back Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. That thing, of course, was rain. Following a five-hour weather delay to start the afternoon in Texas, the rain returned with 42 laps to go, giving race leader Carl Edwards the race victory. …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Jimmie Johnson Continue Texas Greatness?

2016 Texas I Cup Jimmie Johnson Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T Thacker NKP)

Will Jimmie Johnson Continue Texas Greatness on Sunday? He’s in better condition than other any driver entering this Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson, with a win last week at Martinsville Speedway pushing him to the Championship 4 finale in Homestead-Miami Speedway, has stellar numbers at Texas Motor Speedway, making him …

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Entry List: Camping World Truck Series Longhorn 350 Features Austin Dillon

2016 Pocono I Cup Austin Dillon Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series returns to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the second race in its Chase Round of 6. Just two races remain before that field will be reduced to the Championship 4, battling it out in a winner-take-all race for the trophy at Homestead. As of Monday, there are 35 trucks entered, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Goody’s Fast Relief 500

Kurt Busch And Jimmie Johnson Martinsville Cup 2016 Mike Neff

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Sometimes finishing position doesn’t reflect a good race accurately.  That was the case Sunday for Austin Dillon, who gained 24 spots by halfway to get into the top 10.  Pit strategy didn’t swing his way following a late caution that shook up the field, but Dillon’s 17th-place finish …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Wins 2nd Straight Pole of 2016

Cup Martinsville Martin Truex, Jr. Martinsville Speedway

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For the second consecutive week, it’s Martin Truex, Jr. who will lead the field to green in the Sprint Cup Series. Winning the pole last week at Talladega – the biggest, fastest track on the circuit – Truex came to the shortest and slowest track of Martinsville Speedway and backed it up, winning his fifth …

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