Race Weekend Central

2-Headed Monster: Which Rookie Class Is Better: Blaney/Elliott or Dillon/Larson?

2016 Charlotte All Star Showdown Cup Chase Elliott Kyle Larson Racing John Harrelson Nkp

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Look, not every year will fans see a rookie battle as good as the one Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman put on in 2002. That season, they were little-known racers taking over big-time rides, with only two Busch Series wins between them. Johnson, at that point, was best known for hitting the turn one wall …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Charlotte Edition

2016 Charlotte All Star Cup Matt Kenseth Crash John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

It’s no secret NASCAR’s All-Star Race wasn’t exactly an A+ effort last weekend. That said, let’s keep in mind all-star events for the other major U.S. sports have pretty much been duds for the last several years. The NFL’s Pro Bowl changes the rules to significantly decrease the chance for injury. In the NBA and NHL, …

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Dover: The Moments A NASCAR Silly Season Makes

2016 Kansas I Cup Kevin Harvick Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The Monster Mile was overdue for a monstrous performance. Sunday, Dover delivered in a big way with one of the most unexpected and competitive races of the year. There were fireworks literally everywhere you turned in the final 100 laps, whether it was a race for the lead, jockeying for position on pit road or …

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Austin Dillon Experiences Brake Issues Once Again, Wrecks at Dover

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Austin Dillon did not plan on speaking to reporters after 183 laps at Dover International Speedway. The driver of the No. 3 car wondered around his vehicle in the garage area just before the halfway mark of the AAA 400 at the 1-mile oval. As Dillon titled his head, drinking his Coca-Cola, he avoided anyone for …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Most Improved Driver of 2016… And Most Dominant

2016 Fontana Cup Austin Dillon Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Did You Notice? … Jimmie Johnson has won a Sprint Cup race at Dover in six of the past seven seasons? It’s a streak of remarkable consistency in line with Johnson’s overall dominance at the Monster Mile. In total, Johnson has won seven times at this one-mile oval since the start of the 2009 season. How …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Dover Edition

2016 Kansas I Cup Kyle Busch Burnout Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

NASCAR’s annual Mother’s Day Eve race gave us a mixed bag Saturday night. The low downforce package seemed to help the overall action at Kansas but as Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. proved throughout the night at this 1.5-mile oval the leader was hard to catch and even more difficult to pass. HOT Kyle Busch returned to …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 GoBowling.com 400

2016 Texas I Cup Martin Truex Jr Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? From the “where did he come from?” department—Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon put together another strong finish, and he was certainly quiet about it.  Dillon wasn’t talked about much during a race that was dominated by the Joe Gibbs Racing group and affiliate Furniture Row Racing, and …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Kills His Kansas Curse

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Who’s in the headline – Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch is doing his best to put himself in position to repeat. Busch started the race in sixth Saturday night and was a top-10 mainstay outside of green-flag pit cycles. Busch moved into the second spot on lap 175 after a restart and was inside the top …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Can be Done About Restrictor Plate Racing?

2016 Talladega I Cup Trevor Bayne Pack Racing Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

There is a sense of anxiety before any NASCAR race, but events at the two restrictor plate racetracks have hearts pacing at an abnormally rapid rate. This past weekend’s events at Talladega Superspeedway had a different vibe, one that has begun to raise more questions than plate races in the past. It sounds cliche, but …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Kansas Edition

2016 Talladega I Cup Brad Keselowski Burnout Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

There was plenty of rolling and tumbling in the Sprint Cup race at Talladega Sunday. That’s been a big topic of debate in these couple of days after the race. It’s something NASCAR is trying to prevent, but when you get cars going at nearly 200 mph only inches away from each other, no matter …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Drops Malachi Crunch on the Talladega Demo Derby for Second Win of the Season

2016 Talladega I Cup Brad Keselowski Champagne John Harrleson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrleson / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – Brad Keselowski won his first Cup race at Talladega in 2009. While he isn’t mentioned in the same breaths with Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt or Tony Stewart when plate racing prowess is discussed, the bottom line is he won his fourth plate race at Talladega on Sunday. Even though the …

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

Nascar Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400

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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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