Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions Answered After Erik Jones Paints Victory Lane Petty Blue at Darlington

Erik Jones En route to a NASCAR Cup Series win at Darlington Raceway, September 2022. Photo: NKP

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In 1967, it was Richard Petty driving the No. 43 to win the Southern 500. 55 years later, Erik Jones did it driving the car still owned by the King himself.

NASCAR 101: 2022 Round of 16 Playoff Driver Outlook

Denny Hamlin ahead of Kyle Larson at Darlington in 2021, NKP

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Adam Cheek checks out playoff driver statistics at the first three tracks in the NASCAR playoffs and how recent races might factor into the Round of 16.

Up to Speed: Will Team Penske Find Momentum Before the Playoffs?

Team Penske's Austin Cindric pulls ahead of the pack at Nashville Superspeedway. (Photo: NKP)

#2: Austin Cindric, Team Penske, Menards/Duracell Ford Mustang

Team Penske has been trending in the wrong direction, continuing to slump at Pocono Raceway. Can they get it together in time for the 2022 Cup playoffs?

Did You Notice?: NASCAR Has No First-Time Winners Left

Corey LaJoie walks down pit road at Talladega Superspeedway. (Photo: NKP)

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Well, none that have an immediate chance outside of a superspeedway or road course, that is.

Friday Faceoff: Should Ryan Blaney Be Concerned About Possibly Missing Cup Playoffs?

Sonoma Raceway, Ryan Blaney

Photo credit: Danny Peters

As more unique drivers win a race this season, Ryan Blaney’s need for a victory may become more and more dire.