Race Weekend Central

Travis Mack Out as Kasey Kahne’s Crew Chief at Leavine Family Racing

2018 Kansas Cup Kasey Kahne Travis Mack Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Leavine Family Racing announced Saturday morning that Travis Mack will no longer serve as the crew chief of Kasey Kahne‘s No. 95 Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, effective immediately.  Replacing Mack on top of the pit box will be Jon Leonard, who has served this season as Kahne’s lead engineer.  The team’s …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Clint Bowyer Rides Strategy & Heavy Foot to Michigan Win

2018 Cup Richmond Clint Bowyer Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline Mother Nature ran the show on Sunday (June 10) at Michigan International Speedway and, in the end, dropped the curtain early on the race. Clint Bowyer used a two-tire stop after stage two and then some valiant driving when the race resumed hanging onto the point. The rain came shortly after …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 FireKeepers Casino 400

Kasey Kahne

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? While his finish didn’t necessarily reflect the effort, for a driver for a very small, underfunded team to lead several laps on the day is an accomplishment in itself.  Kasey Kahne started 29th and finished 23rd, but somewhere in the middle, he led twice for a total of …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono Edition

2018 Las Vegas I Cup Kasey Kahne John K Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John K. Harrelson / NKP)

Martin Truex Jr. defeated Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick on Sunday (June 3) to take the checkered flag in the Pocono 400, this week’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. In other news, the sky is still blue and the Golden State Warriors are still unstoppable. Strong qualifiers Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch and …

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The Underdog House: Darrell Wallace Jr. Leads the Way on NASCAR’s Longest Night

2018 Las Vegas I Cup Darrell Wallace Jr Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tackled the longest race of the season, the Coca Cola 600, at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night.  This was the only race of the season that consists of 4 Stages, 100 laps each, fora total of 400 laps. This race usually provides some of …

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The Underdog House: Concrete Contentment For NASCAR in Dover

2018 Cup Dover Darrell Wallace Jr. Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Sunday’s AAA 400 was another race punished my Mother Nature in this 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. This time, it was Dover International Speedway, where the hot, slippery conditions from Friday and Saturday wore off to create a gray, cool Sunday afternoon 400-lapper. With little-to-no rain throughout the opening 300 laps, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Sweeps Up Dover

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's Celebrates In Victory Lane After Winning Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Who’s in the headline After a drought of six long races, Kevin Harvick is back in Victory Lane. The No. 4 Ford was the most dominant car all weekend at Dover and it showed throughout the race. Harvick started on the outside of the front row with the second fastest qualifying time. He led the …

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Did You Notice?: A Second Look At NASCAR Silly Season 10 Races In

2017 Indianapolis Cup Alex Bowman Dale Earnhardt Jr. Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … Sometimes, NASCAR Silly Season moves turn into mistakes? 10 races in, let’s take a look at some of the biggest driver decisions entering 2018 and see how they’re turning out. For now, we’ll give Darrell Wallace Jr. and William Byron a break; rookies typically need a little more seat time before …

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Up to Speed: No Urgency Necessary for Alex Bowman & William Byron

2018 Las Vegas I Cup William Byron Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Remember last year’s Brickyard 400? The ending of the race was a hot mess. A multi-car crash brought out the yellow flag with 10 laps left in the scheduled distance, ending a long green flag run.  From then on, it seemed that even NASCAR’s best could not go more than one lap without triggering another …

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The Underdog House: The Other End Of The Neon NASCAR Garage

Think Small As NASCAR moved to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, we were treated to a triple-header of the top three national touring series for the third consecutive week. Vegas has the feel of a town where the underdog can rise. Your last dime could turn into millions with a roll of the …

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The Underdog House: What We’re Really in For

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Folds Of Honor Quik Trip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga Usa Sunday 25 February 2018 Kasey Kahne, Leavine Family Racing, Procore Habitat For Humanity Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett Nkp

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

Think Small Reality has now set in for the small teams: Daytona is over. Following a week where the competition will never be more even — at least until the next restrictor-plate race — The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series hit its bread-and-butter circuits of 1.5-mile tracks, starting at Atlanta Motor Speedway. But just how …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports Unveils New NASCAR Graphics in Daytona

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series The Advance Auto Parts Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 11 February 2018 Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Menards/peak Ford Fusion, Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Mountain Dew Chevrolet Camaro And Joey Logano, Team Penske, Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday.  For me, it’s my 10th year of keeping NASCAR’s media partners honest.  For 2018, there will be no real changes in my output, but there are a couple of minor adjustments on the website. You’ve probably noticed that the TV Listings in the tab has been replaced by Television.  …

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