Race Weekend Central

Denny Hamlin Beats William Byron in Michigan XFINITY Series Photo Finish

2017 Las Vegas Cup Denny Hamlin Helmet Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

After 200 miles and 125 laps of racing at Michigan International Speedway, it all came down to a matter of inches at the start/finish line for NASCAR’s XFINITY Series. Denny Hamlin won the Irish Hills 250 thanks to a last-lap pass on William Byron at the two-mile oval in the Irish Hills of Michigan. The No. …

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Aric Almirola Hit with L1 Penalty Post-Talladega

2017 Texas I Cup Aric Almirola Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

On Sunday, Aric Almirola‘s No. 43 Smithfield Foods Ford failed the post-race rear wheel steer laser test after finishing fourth at Talladega.  As a result, NASCAR has issued an L1-level penalty against the No. 43 team.  Almirola will lose 35 points and the team loses 35 owners points.  The point penalty will drop Almirola from 17th to …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Impress at Talladega

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(Photo: John K. Harrelson/NKP)

Think Small This past weekend’s action at Talladega illustrated again what can happen when the racing is more in the hands of the drivers. There were several different names at the top eager to display their talent.  Aric Almirola nearly pulled off the weekend double, and David Ragan overcame crash damage to finish in the …

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Pace Laps: Stenhouse Jr. Cashes In, Aric Almirola Surprises And Thomas Curley Passes On

2017 Talladega I Cup Ricky Stenhouse Jr Pole Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Career Weekend for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  It’s been a long time coming. There was a time it didn’t even look possible. But Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finally crossed the finish line first Sunday, capturing his first Cup victory in 158 career starts at Talladega Superspeedway. Stenhouse started the day out front, pacing …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Aric Almirola Continues Plate Racing Success with Talladega Victory

Nascar Xfinity Series Sparks Energy 300 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Al Usa Saturday 6 May 2017 Aric Almirola, Fresh From Florida Ford Mustang World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett Nkp

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett NKP)

As they wrecked down the backstretch of Talladega Superspeedway, it was a mirrored finish of last July’s XFINITY Series race at Daytona for Aric Almirola. Except this time, they raced back under green. For the second time on a plate track, it was Almirola who scored the victory for Biagi DenBeste Racing. Leading 13 laps, …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Justin Allgaier Loses in Heartbreak Fashion, Kyle Larson Capitalizes

2017 Xfinity Richmond Zach Catanzareti Kyle Larson

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Short track racing. The first 240 laps were relatively lame in Saturday’s Toyota Care 250 at Richmond International Raceway. But that all changed with a caution with 12 laps to go. Justin Allgaier had dominated the afternoon, leading a career-high 157 laps. In the final 10 laps it looked as though he was going to …

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NASCAR 101: Who Wants to Be a Dash 4 Cash Millionaire?

The XFINITY Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday kicks off the series’ Dash 4 Cash program, which consists of four races each season and awards the highest finishing XFINITY regular $100,000 for being the top finisher amongst regulars in that event. It marks the first time Phoenix is participating in the program. Any driver …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Thriving and Surviving in Daytona

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Well, Daytona is in the rearview mirror. Depending on who you ask, that’s either a real bummer or can’t come too soon, depending on how the race went. The thing about plate tracks is that they’re such an opportunity for teams to compete—if they’re lucky and avoid trouble.  They can also become exercises …

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Elliott Sadler Determined to Compete for Win in Daytona 500 Return

2017 Cup Charlotte Media Tour Zach Catanzareti Elliott Sadler

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Elliott Sadler wants to make the most of his latest opportunity in NASCAR’s premier division. At this point, he never knows if it will come around again. The 41-year-old NASCAR veteran, once a Cup full-timer is quite familiar with the sport’s emotional roller coaster. He’s spent the last six years toiling in the XFINITY Series, fighting …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Ryan Reed Tames Wild Daytona Race

2017 Daytona Xfinity Zach Catanzareti Daytona International Speedway

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Ryan Reed lived up to what arguably is his strong suit inside of a racecar on Saturday, perform-well on restrictor plate tracks. The fifth-year driver picked up his second-career win at Daytona International Speedway, also winning at the World Center of Racing in 2015. However, this one was well-earned after being involved in the trio …

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Ryan Reed Victorious in XFINITY Daytona Thriller

2017 Daytona Xfinity Zach Catanzareti Ryan Reed

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

He did it again. For the second time in the last three years, Ryan Reed has won at Daytona International Speedway in the XFINITY Series. Holding off Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series talents Kasey Kahne and Austin Dillon, Reed earned his second career win after starting from the front row. “I tried to apply everything …

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NASCAR 101: Your Cheat Sheet to Cup Series’ Team & Driver Changes

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Good lord, is it really that time of year again? Despite an offseason that frankly felt like a four-week break, it is indeed true: NASCAR racing is back, and even though you just now figured out who Kaulig Racing is and finally learned how to spell half the new Camping World Truck Series drivers’ names, too bad, …

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