Race Weekend Central

Couch Potato Tuesday: Jeff Gordon Gets Disrespected

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(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Michigan International Speedway brought the unveiling of the new ultra-low downforce package, one that Darrell Waltrip described as having a smaller rear spoiler than at any time in the past 40 years.  It’s a little hard to ascertain.  It’s not like restrictor plates, which can be tracked thanks to Jayski’s Plate chart. FireKeepers Casino 400 …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Michigan Lineup (FireKeepers Casino 400)

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Michigan International Speedway on June 12th for the FireKeepers Casino 400. NASCAR has implemented a new low downforce package for this weekends’ race, which will test each and every driver’s skill around the fast two-mile track. Earlier in the week, the Sprint Cup Series saw its ninth different …

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Double Take: Michigan Success in June Doesn’t Lead to Cup Titles

Want to win the Sprint Cup championship this season? Don’t win this weekend at Michigan. That’s right – don’t win. Super counterintuitive, I know. Today’s NASCAR is all about winning. Win to make the Chase. Win to appease sponsors. Win to advance in the Chase. And win to take home the title. Winning is great, …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Michigan Edition

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

This weekend at Pocono was the best of times and the worst of times. Yes, it was the Tale of Two Tracks, except that it was still the same place. But that’s how it goes on some late spring weekends in the eastern Pennsylvania mountains. HOT Kurt Busch became the latest driver to climb the …

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Kurt Busch Grabs First 2016 Win At Pocono

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[Photo: Zach Catanzareti]

For Kurt Busch, it was a monster restart with 33 laps to go that sealed the deal in winning the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway. The No. 41 Monster Energy Chevrolet stormed past Dale Earnhardt, Jr. before taking off in the final 32 laps to win by 1.126 seconds. “It’s an amazing …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Stays Upbeat Despite Uneven 2016, Talks Racing Future

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Through the first half of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. sits 13th in the championship standings, just 33 points above the Chase cutoff. While earning three second-place finishes early on, over the past five races, the No. 88 team has failed to finish inside of the top 10. In 13 races, Earnhardt …

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Multiple Crew Chiefs to Miss Pocono Due to Penalties

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

On Wednesday, NASCAR released their weekly penalty report.  While there no real indications that anything big was coming, the hammer came down fairly strong on a number of teams.  No less than three Sprint Cup teams will be without their crew chiefs on Sunday in Pocono (pending appeals, of course). Brian Pattie, crew chief for …

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It’s A Marathon, Not A Sprint: Big Names Winless In NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600

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(Photo: Matthew T Thacker/NKP)

Charlotte, NASCAR’s home base hasn’t been a racetrack where everything’s coming up roses for this sport. Its premier event, the Coca-Cola 600 has gone from a peak of 10.2 million TV viewers in 2005 to just 6.4 million last year, a decline of 37 percent over the past decade. It’s a track that’s been hurt by “levigation,” higher …

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

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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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Kasey Kahne, Others Penalized After Dover

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Wednesday was a busy day for NASCAR penalties. The biggest penalty was levied to the No. 5 team of Kasey Kahne, who received a P3 penalty for illegal truck arms found following the race weekend at Dover. Crew chief Keith Rodden was fined $25,000 and the team lost both 15 drivers and owners points. Kahne …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: A Monstrous Matt Kenseth Comeback

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Who’s in the headline – The 2016 season has been anything but stellar for Matt Kenseth. After a near miss at Daytona he’s only managed one top 5 finish before Sunday, and that as a fourth last weekend at Kansas. Sunday Kenseth was in the mix but didn’t look like he’d be in contention for …

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Qualifying Cancelled for Sprint Cup and Truck Series at Dover

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(Photo Credit: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

It’s deja vu for Dover International Speedway as, for the second straight time at the Monster Mile, qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series has been cancelled due to inclement weather. With the starting lineup set per the rulebook Kevin Harvick will start from pole for Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism after winning Friday’s opening …

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