Race Weekend Central

4 Burning Questions: Will Focus Be on Pit Road or the Racetrack in Vegas?

2015 Nascar Fontana Jennifer Coleman Nkp Pit Road

(Photo: Jennifer Coleman NKP)

Will Focus Be on Pit Road or the Racetrack in Las Vegas? AJ Allmendinger officially scored negative 24 points last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway. None of us enjoy seeing penalties on the forefront of weekly discussion, but it is there again. From the Camping World Truck Series to XFINITY to Cup, Atlanta kept us …

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NASCAR 101: Ford’s Won The Clash, the Daytona 500 & Race 2 — Has That Ever Happened?

Joey Logano Clash Victory Lane

(Photo: Lesley Ann Miller/NKP)

Ford has been on fire to start the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season. Joey Logano kicked the season off by winning the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona for the Blue Oval. Then, Kurt Busch won his first Daytona 500 in nail-biting fashion in his first race for Ford since 2005. Most recently, new Ford driver …

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Double Take: 17 Years in the Blink of an Eye

Rusty Wallace With Sterling Marlin 2004

(Photo: Sheryl Creekmore/NASCAR)

Seventeen years. That’s how long I’ve been a NASCAR fan. I watched a few races as late as 2000, even lived near Daytona International Speedway for a couple of years in the late 1990s, but only when I moved away did I really start to get into the sport that has grown to consume my life. …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Atlanta

2017 Atlanta Cup Joey Logano Pack Racing Barry Canrrell Nkp

(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

Following a wild opening weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moved to Atlanta Motor Speedway for round two. Daytona seemed to create more questions than it answered and many in the sport looked to Sunday’s race to restore order. The Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 did feature many of the usual favorites up front, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Overcomes Loose Lug Nuts, Takes Advantage of Others Speeding to Win Atlanta

2017 Atlanta Cup Joey Logano Pack Racing Barry Canrrell Nkp

(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – For most of the race Sunday, it looked like Kevin Harvick would be the the whole story of the QuikTrip Folds of Honor 500. Unfortunately for him, a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 311 put an end to the storybook day for the 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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Up to Speed: Better Finishes Ahead for Stewart-Haas Racing

2017 Atlanta Cup Clint Bowyer Kurt Busch Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

On a cloudy afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Stewart-Haas Racing came up empty handed when the checkered flag flew. But those clouds were not without a silver lining for the four-car organization. Just over one week ago, Kurt Busch and the No. 41 team were in the spotlight, with the 2004 series champion won the …

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NASCAR 101: The 5 Drivers Who Won the First 2 Cup Races of the Season

2017 Cup Charlotte Media Tour Zach Catanzareti Kurt Busch

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ventures to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, everyone will be chasing Kurt Busch, who leads the point standings after pulling into Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway in the season-opening Daytona 500. That’s not just because of early-season momentum the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing bunch undoubtedly has after …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Who Will Be the Regular Season Cup Series Champion?

Denny Hamlin Jimmie Johnson Charlotte Cup 2016 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

One race down, 35 to go in the NASCAR season. It seems like just yesterday Jimmie Johnson and Co. were tossing champagne and eating Domino’s pizza at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But that is already three months in the past; the 2017 season is underway. Kurt Busch, with that Daytona 500 victory is the first driver to lock himself …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: NASCAR Wreck It Ralph (and Almost Everybody Else) Edition

2016 Daytona Ii Cup Kurt Busch John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

The season-opening Daytona 500 gave NASCAR fans a little bit everything. There was that last-lap pass for the lead, which is beginning to become a trademark for the Great American Race. There were plenty of battles for the lead and for positions throughout and a lot less riding around waiting for the end of the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2017 Daytona 500

Kurt Busch Daytona Cup Team Victory Celebration 2017 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Who’s in the headline – Kurt Busch guided a badly damaged race car to the finish line first, ending an 0-for-15 drought in the sport’s Great American Race. He was the third of three leaders in the final three laps, taking control when others around him ran out of gas. In a Daytona 500 that was …

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Kurt Busch Survives Chaos, Wins First Daytona 500

2016 Chicago Cup Kurt Busch Brett Moist Nkp

After 15 starts and plenty of near-misses, Kurt Busch is now a Daytona 500 champion. In a wild turn of events that included three lead changes in the final three laps, Busch took his No. 41 to Victory Lane. Two years after Busch wasn’t even a part of this race, sitting out due to domestic violence …

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