Race Weekend Central

Couch Potato Tuesday: Always Tell Viewers Why the Caution Is Out

2016 Michigan Ii Cup Kyle Busch Spin Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Low-downforce racing is always interesting; my takeaway so far of the three low-downforce races is that the package makes NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars handle a little like the trucks in the Camping World Truck Series — very susceptible to being swept around. However, we only have Kentucky and Michigan International speedways to base this …

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Darrell Wallace, Jr., Leidos Agree to Multi-Race Sponsorship

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Leidos, a U.S. based company dealing with homeland security, civil defense and intelligence, will partner with Roush Fenway Racing on the No. 6 machine of Darrell Wallace, Jr. at select dates through the end of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season. The company will serve as the primary sponsor for four events in the series, including Dover International …

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Darrell Wallace, Jr. Unfulfilled After Salvaging Top Five in Kentucky

2016 Fontana Nxs Darrell Wallace Jr Laughing Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

For many drivers, sneaking into the top 5 with a late-race pit call would be something to celebrate. However, for Darrell Wallace, Jr., and Roush Fenway Racing, all it does it remind them that they need to be better. After running just outside of the top five for the majority of Friday’s ALSCO 300 at …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Darrell Wallace, Jr.’s Fine Does Not Help NASCAR’s Image

2016 Phoenix I Nxs Darrell Wallace Jr Car Matthew T Thacker Nkp

Here we go again.  On Wednesday, news broke that NASCAR had fined another driver for comments the sanctioning body saw as disparaging to the sport.  This time, it was XFINITY Series driver Darrell Wallace, Jr. who drew the ire of NASCAR following last week’s race at Daytona.  The sanctioning body fined Wallace $15,000 for a …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. Fined $15,000 for ‘Muppets’ Tweet

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Darrell Wallace, Jr. spoke his mind on Friday, and for that, he was fined Wednesday. NASCAR docked Wallace $15,000 for calling NASCAR officials “Muppets” on Twitter following the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway on July 1. The tweet was in reference to the timing of the final caution flag of the race, …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Daytona Chaos Has Fans Asking the Tough Questions

2016 Daytona Ii Cup Denny Hamlon David Ragan Bobby Labonte Racing John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

With the second half of the NASCAR season upon us, there are many questions that have been put behind. The annual 4th of July weekend at Daytona International Speedway assures fans that the season is full swing, usually creating a hectic race. The race lived up to expectations, leaving fans wondering about the package due to …

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Erik Jones Wins 1st XFINITY Pole At Pocono

2016 Richmond I Nxs Erik Jones Car Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russel LaBounty/NKP)

Erik Jones will lead the XFINITY Series field to the inaugural green flag at Pocono Raceway, winning the pole for the Pocono Green 250. Ripping off a lap time of 51.158 seconds, Jones grabbed his fifth pole of 2016 and eighth of his XFINITY career. Behind the 20-year-old are Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and …

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Erik Jones Grabs Monster XFINITY Victory at Dover

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Photo: Zach Catanzareti

Who says kids are afraid of monsters? Erik Jones sure isn’t as the 19-year-old drove to victory at Dover International Speedway to claim the win in the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 200. The victory is his second win of 2016 and fourth of his XFINITY Series career. “Coming down to a short-run, I knew we were …

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Darrell Wallace, Matt Tifft Fastest In Talladega XFINITY Practice Sessions

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(Credit: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Darrell Wallace, Jr. and Matt Tifft were the fastest drivers in the first and second practice sessions on Friday for the Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Both practice sessions were 55 minutes in length and will be the only XFINITY Series practice sessions this weekend at the legendary Alabama track. The first session had most cars …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Darrell Wallace, Jr. is Ford’s Best Championship Hope

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It is still early in the XFINITY Series season, but we are beginning to see which drivers will emerge as championship contenders. There are not many surprises among those names. Most fans assumed that Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez would be in the title hunt, and the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers have shown the most …

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Five Points to Ponder: Rain and Wind and Dust, Oh My!

2016 Las Vegas Cup Brad Keseloski Joey Logano Packe Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Team Penske Open West Coast Swing with a Bang Last season, the West Coast stretch of Las Vegas, Phoenix and Auto Club belonged to Stewart-Haas Racing. Kevin Harvick won both Vegas and Phoenix, and Kurt Busch looked like he’d take the win at Auto Club until a late-race caution bunched the field up and allowed …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Coverage Clouds Impact of New Package

2016 Las Vegas Cup Brad Keselowski Big Wrench John Harrelaon Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Last weekend in Las Vegas was not necessarily the best, weather-wise;  Michael Waltrip found that out the hard way.  It’s not quite Gene Shalit having a bad hair day on The Critic, but it was pretty bad.  Regardless, we had 700 miles of racing in Las Vegas to cover this week.  Sunday was a big …

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