Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Coca-Cola 600

2016 Charlotte I Cup Martin Truex Jr Woohoo Nascar Via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? While Martin Truex, Jr. was busy stealing the show, there were a few drivers who put on quietly impressive performances.  Kurt Busch was impressive all weekend long, leading the way in two of three practice sessions and running inside the top 10 all night long after starting 13th.  …

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Kurt Busch, Martin Truex, Jr. Pace Saturday Sprint Cup Practices

NASCAR Sprint Cup teams had two chances to get it right Saturday with a pair of practice sessions for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s longest race of the season. Kurt Busch paced the morning edition with a top speed of 191.002 mph.  Jimmie Johnson, whose seven Charlotte wins rank as most by a driver in track history, …

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Friday Faceoff: What Should NASCAR Change About the All-Star Race?

2016 Charlotte All Star Cup Tony Stewart Kasey Kahne Crash Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The All-Star Race was met with mixed reactions. Should NASCAR try the same format next season or opt for one that’s easier to understand? Dustin Albino, Contributor: The concept was good, but the execution was awful. If it weren’t for Jamie McMurray cutting his tire causing a caution, I don’t think we would be having …

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Kurt Busch Paces Opening Coca-Cola 600 Practice

2016 Martinsville I Cup Kurt Busch Helmet Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Kurt Busch led the only Coca-Cola 600 practice prior to qualifying Thursday evening for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, posting a speed of 192.843 mph. Though he was two mph slower than last year’s pole speed, the 2010 Coca-Cola 600 winner was over two-tenths of a second faster than the second-quickest driver, Jimmie Johnson. He only circuited …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Joey Logano Makes Late-Race Pass to Claim First All-Star Victory

2016 Charlotte All Star Cup Joey Logano Champagne John Harrelson Nkp

Who’s in the headline – The No. 22 of Joey Logano was festooned with a myriad of pictures from the 50 years of Team Penske. On a full moon Saturday night, the collective spirits of all of the drivers who have piloted a car for “The Captain” rode along with Logano as he navigated the …

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JGR Sweeps Top 3 in Dover Sprint Cup Practice No. 2

2016 Richmond I Cup Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T Hacker/NKP)

Just after 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning Sprint Cup teams took to Dover International Speedway for 50 minutes of practice on the high-banked oval.  The fastest laps of the session were determined in the first couple of minutes, when the track was its coolest and had the most shade. Kyle Busch turned in a lap at …

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The 10: NASCAR Power Rankings Pre-Monster Mile

2016 Kansas I Cup Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

 Saturday was an interesting night at Kansas Speedway. Martin Truex, Jr. dominated nearly the entire race just to fall victim to circumstances outside of his control once again. Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski threw their races away going for broke in the late stages. Ryan Blaney drove the kind of consistent, impressive race that the …

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

2016 Martinsville I Cup Ryan Blaney Car Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson)

If you wonder if watching a NASCAR race is good for you, then were a lot of good reasons to like what happened in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Richmond: Long green flag runs: Check. Multiple yellows to bunch the field back up: Check. Seeing Smoke back out on the track: Check. An unexpected Earnhardt special on the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Toyota Owners 400

2016 Richmond I Cup Kurt Busch Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Some days just don’t go as planned.  It just seems like if you’re Kasey Kahne, that would be more or less every day. The No. 5 team and he have had more than their fair share of bad luck over the last couple of seasons, often having finishes …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Carl Edwards Lays Down a Colossal Beat Down at Bristol

2016 Bristol I Cup Carl Edwards Woohoo John Harrelson Nkp

Who’s in the headline – It was pointed out last week, and it was reinforced this weekend, that Joe Gibbs Racing is right at the top of the board in the Cup series. It was Carl Edwards turn this weekend as he dominated the race. Edwards led 276 laps en route to capturing his first …

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Carl Edwards Dominates Toward Wild Bristol Win

2016 Bristol I Cup Carl Edwards Car Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson)

While the race shuffled, spread and scrambled behind him, Carl Edwards drove to victory from the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading 276 of 500 laps in the Food City 500. For Edwards, the win is the first of his 2016 season and fourth at Bristol. “There was so many different things happening out there, …

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