Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Pure Michigan 400

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Kyle Larson was in the spotlight for his win, but he wasn’t the only driver for Chip Ganassi Racing to take home a top 10 on Sunday as teammate Jamie McMurray came home eighth in his No. 1 Chevy.  CGR has struggled over the last couple of seasons, …

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Joey Logano Heads On-Track Early for Michigan Pole

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In June’s first look at the lower downforce package proposed for 2017 at Michigan International Speedway, Joey Logano took the pole and went on to win the race in dominant fashion. After Friday’s Coors Light Pole qualifying, Logano is halfway to repeating his June feat in August. Logano went out a minute before anyone else and …

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Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin Among Teams Warned After Bristol Violations

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With the recent laser inspection issues the past few weeks, NASCAR has yet again handed down multiple infractions to teams across the Sprint Cup and XFINITY series. Wednesday’s penalty listing for the Sprint Cup Series included a first warning issued to Denny Hamlin‘s Joe Gibbs Racing team, along with teammate Kyle Busch‘s fourth written warning …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Colosseum Marathon Edition

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If you were paying attention to the final weekend of the Olympics in Rio, you might have noticed that the men’s marathon took place on Sunday morning. But for NASCAR fans, and especially for those in attendance at Bristol Saturday and Sunday, the NASCAR marathon took place this weekend as well. It wasn’t quite 26.2 …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered after the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. didn’t have the relaxing week off that many other drivers and their families had, instead spending the final off-week of the season saying goodbye to one of his best friends, racer Bryan Clauson, who passed away last weekend from injuries sustained in a racing accident. …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Bristol Lineup

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(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Bristol Motor Speedway on August 20th for the Bass Pro Shops, NRA Night Race. “The Last Great Colosseum” is home to some of the best short-track racing on the schedule, and the excitement should continue this Saturday night under the lights. Here are a few suggestions to keep …

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The 10: Wrecking at Watkins Glen

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Oh how quickly things can change. For a time, it appeared that Martin Truex, Jr. and Kyle Larson were each due for a leap into the top 5 of these rankings. Then, in the final 300 yards of Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at the Glen, everything went awry as both drivers were sent spinning and, in …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Grading USA Network’s NASCAR Return

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Ah, yes. The twisties.  Even if the races were relatively boring, I’d still love them, the road course detours that throw a wrench into typical stock car competition. We had two races this weekend with quirky incidents and hard racing, both elements missing from the NASCAR landscape as of late. Last weekend, the Sprint Cup and XFINITY …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered after the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

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Who… Gets My Shoutout of the Race? This week’s shoutout goes to the staff at Watkins Glen International, including track president Michael Printup.  Many years ago, Watkins Glen was known as the race with the lowest purse on the calendar and maybe not the most exciting action. Also, the facilities weren’t exactly the greatest.  During …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Joey Logano Delivers a Win for Team Penske

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Joey Logano and Team Penske finally put everything together and claimed an XFINITY Series win in 2016.  Logano piloted the part-time No. 12 car to victory at Watkins Glen International, winning the Zippo 200 at The Glen.  He led 67 of 82 laps, claiming his first NXS victory since winning at Watkins Glen one year …

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Team Penske Takes Right Turn Amid Woeful 2016 XFINITY Campaign

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Amid one of the worst NASCAR XFINITY Series seasons in Team Penske‘s history, the organization needed some right turns -both figuratively and literally- to get the ship sailing in the right direction. Typically one of the dominant forces in NASCAR’s second series along with Joe Gibbs Racing, Penske witnessed the lion’s share of struggles to start …

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