Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: Should Kyle Larson Feel Good or Bad About 2017?

2017 Texas I Cup Kyle Larson Logan Whitton Nkp

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ONE: Pit Road Speeding During the first 300 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, not a single Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver got busted for speeding. The pits were so tame, the only major incident was a commitment line violation by rookie Gray Gaulding. If that name’s your front page headline, after answering the obvious question of “Who’s that?” …

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Five Points to Ponder: Millennials, Champions and Ninja Warriors

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

ONE: Next Up, Easter After seven straight weeks of competition in the 2017 Cup Series season, we hit the first off weekend of the season a little later than last year as we celebrate Easter. So what have we learned so far? First things first, the Penske Fords are fast – lightning. Joey Logano might …

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Kevin Harvick Wins First Cup Pole in Texas

2017 Kevin Harvick Cup Russell Labounty/nkp Texas Nascar

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Sweeping all three rounds, it was a perfect qualifying day for Kevin Harvick. Especially the final session, where Harvick ripped around the 1.5-mile Texas track in 27.217 seconds [198.405 mph] to win the pole for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. It is the 19th pole of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup career, first at Texas …

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Pace Laps: Martinsville Madness, NHRA Rookies and Fernando Alonso’s Frustration

2017 Martinsville Cup Zach Catanzareti Brad Keselowski

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: It’s just how we like it – Sunday’s STP 500 somehow was able to give us every aspect, challenge, up, down and turnaround that makes Martinsville Speedway what it is. As fans sat with their hot dogs in hand, the 38-driver Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race put on a show in …

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Happy Hour Has Clint Bowyer All Smiles in Martinsville

2017 Martinsville Cup Zach Catanzareti Clint Bowyer

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Off the heels of his third place finish last week in California, Clint Bowyer ran the fastest single lap in Happy Hour for this Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Martinsville Speedway. Kyle Busch ran the second fastest lap, with Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman completing the top five. Ryan Blaney, …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Second Chance Edition

2017 Las Vegas Cup Clint Bowyer Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

We saw a lot of Kyle Larson and Martin Truex, Jr. up front during Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at California’s Auto Club Speedway. But what we had not seen this year, and only once before, was Larson finishing up front. Larson’s second career victory put to rest a series of oh-so-close second-place finishes to …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Re-Emergence of Chip Ganassi Racing

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ONE: Chip Ganassi Racing Chip Ganassi Racing has gone through both spurts of ultra-competitive greatness and the lulls of being a field filler. However, the organization as a whole has almost never looked better. We’ve all heard plenty about Kyle Larson and the wondrous start he is off to in 2017. Larson came into this …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Larson Takes Final Step to Second Career Victory at Fontana

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2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA USA Sunday 26 March 2017 Kyle Larson celebrates his win in Victory Lane World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade/NKP

Who’s in the headline – Kyle Larson had been knocking on the door of a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win all season with three consecutive second-place finishes. He took the final step Sunday after winning the pole on Friday. Larson won the first stage, finished second in the second stage, led the most …

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The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 Auto Club 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Daniel Suarez was a non-factor for most of the day at the Auto Club Speedway, but he made it count in the final stage of the race. The No. 19 Toyota went down a lap during the caution-free second stage of the race. But the rookie took the …

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Clint Bowyer ‘Having Fun Again’ After 3rd-Place Finish

2017 Auto Club Cup Zach Catanzareti Clint Bowyer

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

He got to the front on a pit call and stayed there for the long run. Clint Bowyer and the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team proved a thing or two in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Jumping into the top five early after a quick four-tire stop, Bowyer was able to contend in the …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: Auto Club 400

2017 Las Vegas Cup Clint Bowyer Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ western swing concludes this Sunday with the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Fontana, Ca. is the fifth stop on the schedule for the Daily Fantasy NASCAR season and Frontstretch will be your go-to source when building your 2017 DraftKings lineups. The strategy this week will be similar …

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Hysteria vs. Hypocrisy: ‘Boys Have At It’ Rubs Some the Wrong Way

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Between the fisticuffs on pit road, on-track contact and post-race inspection infractions the last two weeks, the reaction by fans and media members has run the gamut from hysteria to hypocrisy. Many jeered when Kyle Busch walked up to Joey Logano and threw a phantom right cross, while others cheered as the No. 22 crew dragged …

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