Race Weekend Central

4 Burning Questions: Will Michigan Produce Another Fuel Mileage Finish?

2016 Michigan Ii Cup Kyle Larson Chase Elliott Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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By Michael Finley & Tom Bowles 1. What will Happen to the Wood Brothers Going Forward? If you’re a NASCAR fan, you have to be a fan of Wood Brothers Racing. The oldest team still in operation has won in six different decades in NASCAR competition, amassing 99 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins over …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 15: BlaneyMania

2017 Pocono Cup Zach Catanzareti Ryan Blaney Erik Jones

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Episode 15: BlaneyMania Frontstretch podcast with Matt Stallknecht, Tom Bowles and Dustin Albino. In this week’s episode, the gang breaks down Ryan Blaney‘s stunning win at Pocono Raceway and evaluates his potential for star power in the future. The team also weighs the pros and cons of pack racing in IndyCar. This week’s episode was brought to you by …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Sport’s New Generation is Starting to Win Everything

2017 Pocono Cup Zach Catanzareti Ryan Blaney Erik Jones

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Three of the last five races in NASCAR’s premier division have witnessed first-time winners pulling into Victory Lane. As remarkable of an accomplishment as that is, it marks the start of what senior NASCAR executives have been waiting for. The newest generation of the sport is arriving at the right time. As Dale Earnhardt Jr. …

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Beside the Rising Tide: The Wheel

2017 Kansas I Cup Ryan Blaney Kyle Busch Kyle Larson Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

The wheel is turning and you can’t slow down You can’t let go and you can’t hold on You can’t go back and you can’t stand still If the thunder don’t get you then the lightning will -Jerry Garcia- Sometimes, I find my opinions in direct conflict with other NASCAR fans and even scribes. It’s …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Everybody Loves A Winner Edition

2017 Kansas I Cup Ryan Blaney Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

With maybe an exception or two, most everyone cheers for the winner of a NASCAR race. But Sunday at Pocono was different. It was last week when the iconic No. 3 reached victory lane with Austin Dillon winning his first Cup race. Now another iconic number and team reached victory lane with Ryan Blaney winning …

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Five Points to Ponder: Would a Salary Cap Work in NASCAR?

2017 Dover I Cup Pack Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

ONE: Give Him a Second Kevin Harvick is becoming one of the greatest bridesmaids of all time. With his runner up finish in the Pocono 400 on Sunday, he passed Lee Petty for 10th in all-time second place finishes. Harvick has finished second 49 times in his career. The 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR Alliances Alone Don’t Win Races

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Think Small Do teams that have technical alliances with the sport’s top teams still qualify as small teams?  That’s been the debate as drivers like Martin Truex, Jr. and more recently, Ryan Blaney, have taken their small teams to the winner’s circle.  Furniture Row Racing earned their way off this list and it’s likely that …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Looking Back On FOX’s Drivers Only Broadcast

2017 Kansas I Cup Ricky Stenhouse Jr Barry Cantrell Nkp

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Greetings, race fans.  Last weekend was a very interesting and tiring time at Pocono Raceway.  As you can imagine, the primary source of discussion in TV land was the drivers-only broadcast of Saturday’s Pocono Green 250. Since this event was such a big deal, I will be focusing solely on that broadcast.  Don’t worry, I …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: NASCAR’s Tame Pocono 400 Turns Into Terrific Finish

2017 Pocono Cup Zach Catanzareti Ryan Blaney

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline – For the third time this season, we have a first-time winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It’s Ryan Blaney, who drove to the lead after a late-race restart with fresher tires than a dominant Kyle Busch. He then held off Kevin Harvick in a thrilling finish after Harvick closed in while Busch and …

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Big Days Shared Together For Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney At Pocono

2014 Mudsummer Classic Eldora Speedway Camping World Trucks Darrell Wallace Jr Ryan Blaney Mike Neff

Credit: Mike Neff

For Bubba Wallace, it couldn’t wait. Moments earlier, Wallace had fainted while answering questions for a throng of print and online media. The driver blamed it on anxiety over mistakes made in his first start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The reality might be dehydration on a hot, humid day at Pocono Raceway. Either way, …

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The Big 6: Questions After the Axalta Presents the Pocono 400

2017 Pocono Cup Zach Catanzareti Brad Keselowski Kyle Busch

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Who… Gets the Shoutout of the Race? Here’s a hard and fast rule: If you earn your first career victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, you get Shoutout of the Race.  It should be obvious that this will go to Ryan Blaney. You can only win your first race once.  He earned that …

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Pace Laps: Another NASCAR First-Time Winner in 2017

2017 Pocono Xfinity Zach Catanzareti Brad Keselowski

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Pocono, 2017 Deliver Another First-Time Winner – What a popular streak for both the sport and a racetrack to be on in 2017. After Chris Buescher’s fog-shortened victory at Pocono Raceway last August, many thought a win like that would never come again. In part, they were wrong, as Ryan Blaney …

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