Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 FireKeepers Casino 400

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Who … gets the shoutout of the race? Kyle Larson is a master at restarts. It’s something that Jeff Gordon always pondered during the late stages of his career, but one of NASCAR’s next potential superstars has restarts down to a science. The  No. 42 car did its best job to depict the likes of …

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Multiple Crew Chiefs Fined After Pocono/Texas Weekend

2017 Pocono Cup Zach Catanzareti Daniel Suarez

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Two infractions were handed down by NASCAR across the top three series this past weekend as improperly installed lug nuts on the last pit stop of the race became an issue. To date, NASCAR has handed down 20 lug nut-related penalties across its top three series, including the lost tire off Kyle Busch’s Toyota, resulting …

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The Frontstretch 5: Next Drivers to Find Victory Lane

2017 Texas I Cup Chase Elliott Logan Whitton Nkp

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Chase Elliott It’s actually a bit surprising that Elliott hasn’t gotten a win yet.  He’s come close quite a few times, leading multiple laps at Phoenix and Martinsville as well as in the Daytona 500. May was difficult for the 21-year-old second-generation driver, with a best finish of 24th, but June kicked off with a …

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Kyle Busch Grabs First Cup Series Pole of 2017 at Dover

2017 Las Vegas Cup Kyle Busch John Harrelson Nkp

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It took until the 13th race of the season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. But Kyle Busch edged a trio of Toyota teammates to earn his first Coors Light Pole award of 2017. In the opening round of qualifying at Dover International Speedway, Busch’s No. 18 car turned a lap that did not …

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NASCAR 101: Cup Debuts Off to a Good (OK, Better) Start in 2017

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There are two drivers making their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debuts this weekend! No, listen. This is kind of cool. When the green flag falls at Dover International Speedway this Sunday in the Cup Series, Ross Chastain and Ryan Sieg will be part of the starting lineup for the first time in their racing …

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Daily Fantasy Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Coca-Cola 600 Preview

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This week’s daily fantasy tackles the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as they head to Charlotte Motor Speedway. One of the sport’s crown jewels, the Coca-Cola 600, will run Sunday night at 6 p.m. Cars hit the track on Thursday at 2 p.m. for first practice; Coors Light Pole Qualifying begins at 7:15. Here are nine drivers to …

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Did You Notice?: A Look Into Aric Almirola Sub Possibilities

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Did You Notice? … Two big-name drivers have already turned down the No. 43 ride to replace an injured Aric Almirola? Carl Edwards, once highly coveted by Richard Petty Motorsports many years ago has said no, he can’t go back and run the car through Sonoma on June 25. It’s not the first time Edwards has said …

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Daniel Suarez: ‘There Is Some Speed Missing’

2017 Las Vegas Cup Daniel Suarez Helmet John Harrelson Nkp

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At the start of the 2017 season, Daniel Suarez was thrown into the top level of NASCAR on relatively short notice. With the sudden departure of Carl Edwards from Joe Gibbs Racing in mid-January, it left a void to fill with the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota. Fast forward 10 races, and over 4,000 miles of competition later Suarez …

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Double Take: Ford’s Fiery Start Comes at Toyota’s Expense

2017 Richmond I Cup Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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Ford has been on fire in 2017. With Joey Logano picking up his first win of the season at Richmond International Raceway last weekend, the Blue Oval now has four victories through the first nine races of the season, including the sport’s crown-jewel event at Daytona International Speedway in February. The fact these four wins …

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Did You Notice?: Joe Gibbs Racing Still Lags Behind at One-Quarter Pole

2017 Martinsville Cup Zach Catanzareti Daniel Suarez

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Did You Notice? … The difference a year makes for Joe Gibbs Racing? This time last year, JGR had won five of nine races and had all four drivers firmly within playoff position. This time around? The organization is 0-for-9. Of its four-driver team, only Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin are in playoff position. Matt Kenseth hadn’t even led a …

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NASCAR’s Top Talent Scouts: Who’s Got the No. 1 Draft Pick?

2016 Daytona Ii Cup Brad Keselowski Joey Logano Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. news cycle finally got trumped in the sporting world by Thursday night’s NFL draft. As you read this, stories are popping up over names like Mitch Trubisky, Jabrill Peppers and I-can’t-remember-his-name-but-god-he-better-help-my-team. It’s a reminder for all that life must go on. At Hendrick Motorsports, those words ring truer than ever as it …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Rookie Is Top of the Class?

2017 Phoenix I Cup Erik Jones Jimmie Johnson Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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In the days leading up to Matt Kenseth’s announcement of a six-race sponsorship deal with Circle K Wednesday, some speculated that the announcement would concern the driver’s imminent retirement. He may not be stepping aside any time soon, but realistically, how much time does Kenseth have? Matteo Marcheschi: Matt Kenseth doesn’t have long. While he has earned …

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