Race Weekend Central

Carl Edwards Wins 2015 5-hour Energy 301 Pole At New Hampshire

2015 Loudon I Cup Carl Edwards Pole Cia

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Joe Gibbs Racing took their hot streak up north. One week after posting four cars inside the top five at Kentucky Speedway – a first for the team in its 23-year history within NASCAR – JGR followed up with a pole-winning run by Carl Edwards, one that puts them in position to contend in Sunday’s …

Read more

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

2015 Kentucky Cup Kyle Busch Bow Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

Photo Credit: NASCAR via Getty Images

Kyle Busch is doing everything he can to ensure he makes the 2015 Chase. He utterly dominated the race Saturday night, leading 163 of the 267 laps and claiming his second win in the last three races, though he still sits 87 points outside of the top 30. The big story leading up to the …

Read more

5 Points to Ponder: A Way Forward, Crispy Thunder & Fizzling Smoke

2015 Kentucky Cup Kyle Busch Leads Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

Photo Credit: NASCAR via Getty Images

A Way Forward If what we saw on Saturday night is a sign of things to come – if not necessarily this year but next – then I think we can look forward with confidence to some significantly better racing on the much-maligned mile-and-a-half tracks and elsewhere. That the success of the new package also …

Read more

Up To Speed: New Rules Package A Huge Success… But Still Work To Do

Kybusch Battling Keselowski

(Photo: Jerry Jordan, Frontstretch)

Life is all about little miracles and happy little surprises. Running into an old friend you haven’t seen in a while, getting all green lights on the morning commute… …or an exciting race in an event full of unknowns and uncertainty. As the Sprint Cup Series rolled into Kentucky Speedway last week, everyone knew this …

Read more

Kickin’ the Tires: New Aero Package Brings Better Racing

Kybusch Passes Cedwards

(Photo: Jerry Jordan, Frontstretch)

It’s impossible for anyone with two eyes to argue that Saturday night’s race at Kentucky Speedway was the best the sport has seen since it began racing at the track four years ago. Although some might argue better racing at Kentucky was a low bar to clear, it still baffles me how anyone can claim …

Read more

Back in the Driver’s Hands: Top Finishers Praise Kentucky Rules Package

Nascar Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented By Advance Auto Parts

(Photo: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

NASCAR’s first race with the new, low-downforce rules package was a success, at least in the eyes of Saturday’s top finishers. Race-winner Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and other drivers took the time to comment on the low-downforce rules package issued by NASCAR for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. The package, which …

Read more

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: 2015 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Edition

2015 Daytona Ii Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Pit Stop Cia

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. Copyright 2015)

If you’re into endurance events, then the Sunday night/Monday morning race at Daytona was just for you. The drivers finally got the command to start their engines just before 11:30 p.m. Whether it was better to have a late-night/super early morning race or a Monday event just depends on your schedule, but here’s hoping you …

Read more

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma

2015 Sonoma Cup Pack Racing Ii Cia

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? The result wasn’t quite there, but the old fire was. …

Read more

Kyle Busch Claims Comeback Win in 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

2015 Sonoma Cup Kyle Busch Trophy Cia

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Kyle Busch turned a sunny day at Sonoma Raceway into his day of reckoning in the Sprint Cup Series as the 30-year-old – who is only four months removed from suffering a broken leg and foot at Daytona in February – took advantage of a brilliant strategy move late to hold off brother Kurt to …

Read more

Number Crunching: 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

2015 Sonoma Cup Kevin Harvick Car Side Cia

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

This week, the racers will be doing something they only do two times a year: turning right. The teams are in wine country for the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma, this year’s first Sprint Cup attempt on a road course. This race is one where some underdogs will rise to the forefront, announcers saying …

Read more

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan

2015 Michigan I Cup Kurt Busch Trophy Cia

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

Another week of rain showers, but this time Mother Nature got the best of NASCAR. After four rain delays and hours of starting and stopping the race to dry the track, NASCAR officials called it with 62 laps to go when the skies opened up and took final control of the day. Kurt Busch was declared …

Read more

5 Points to Ponder: Gordon’s Strife & The Worst Words In NASCAR

2015 Michigan I Cup Jimmie Johnson Helmet Cia

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

ONE: A Week Off 15 races of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series are in the books as we head into a rare weekend off. Just 11 races shy of the start of this year’s playoffs, Jimmie Johnson has the most wins with four in total, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch have two apiece and seven …

Read more