Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 Coca-Cola 600

2016 Pocono I Cup Austin Dillon Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? It’s always special to see a driver get their very first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, but Austin Dillon‘s win in the Coca-Cola 600 was even more special than most. In his fourth season, Dillon has improved over the years, but had never broken through and gotten that …

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Pace Laps: Austin Dillon Steals Victory, Takuma Sato Gets Redemption at Indy

2017 Indianapolis Indycar Takuma Sato Joe Skibinski Indycar Media

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Austin Dillon Stretches Fuel, Picks up First-Career Victory – The No. 3 car is back in Victory Lane, as Austin Dillon went the final 70 laps of the 600-mile race on a single tank of fuel. What went from another Martin Truex Jr. invitational, dominating, yet, again another Coca-Cola 600, Dillon and …

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

2017 Fontana Cup Martin Truex Jr Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

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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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After The All Star Race

2017 Charlotte All Star Cup Kyle Busch Burnout Rusty Jarrrett Nkp

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The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series headed home (for most of them) to Charlotte for the first of two consecutive weeks. First up: the All Star Race. Kyle Busch finally brought home a long sought-after Cup win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Whether it was an exciting race is certainly open for interpretation. …

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2017 Frontstretch Cup: Monster Energy All-Star Race Predictions

2016 Charlotte All Star Showdown Cup Green Flag Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Welcome to our tenth year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Cup race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week! Think you can out-prognosticate our staff?  Leave your …

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Midseason NASCAR DraftKings Daily Fantasy All-Stars

2017 Kansas I Cup Jimmie Johnson Helmet Barry Cantrell Nkp

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

With the NASCAR DraftKings season on break while the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series holds its All-Star weekend, there’s time for reflection on the season to date. There have been many memorable moments during the young season, both on and off the track. Yet, when it comes to Daily Fantasy Sports, the best performances don’t always …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Kansas

2017 Kansas I Cup Martin Turex Jr Burnout Russell Labounty Nkp

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series invaded the heartland this weekend to run the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. For Martin Truex Jr., the visit finally gave him the win that had so mercilessly eluded the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota team the prior two years. Truex tore through the …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Edition

2017 Kansas I Cup Ryan Blaney Barry Cantrell Nkp

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Martin Truex, Jr. didn’t think Kansas Speedway owed him one. Danica Patrick thinks Lady Luck owes her one, or two, or maybe more, but maybe not. Aric Almirola certainly knows now that he was pretty lucky, but just maybe the fact he didn’t suffer a catastrophic injury wasn’t all just because of luck. Nonetheless, the …

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NASCAR Adds Fourth Stage to Coca-Cola 600

2016 Charlotte I Cup Martin Truex Jr Jimmie Johnson Nascar Via Getty Images

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NASCAR announced the longest race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, the Coca-Cola 600, will be broken up into four 100-lap stages rather than three. The race will award playoff points at the conclusion of each stage, just like any other MENCS race. Drivers who finish in the top 10 in each of the …

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Up to Speed: Toyota Still Searching for Consistent Speed

2017 Kansas I Cup Kyle Busch Car Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Saturday night’s race at Kansas Speedway was not the cure for what ails Joe Gibbs Racing.  The four-car organization did deliver a stronger performance then it did at Texas Motor Speedway last month. However, it is clear that JGR’s intermediate track speed is still lacking.  The team’s slump is surprising, given its run of success …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Shakes Kansas Monkey As Aric Almirola Sustains Serious Injury

2017 Kansas I Cup Aric Almirola Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – Handicapping Cup Series races is very difficult. With 40 cars in a full field, and 20 capable of winning on the right day, it can be like throwing darts to figure out a favorite. The odds at the drop of the green flag Saturday night had Ryan Blaney and Martin …

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The Big 6: Questions After The Go Bowling 400

2017 Kansas I Cup Martin Truex Jr Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who… gets the shoutout of the race? It seemed like it could be Ryan Blaney’s race. The 23-year-old Team Penske driver, contracted out to the venerable Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 machine, started on the pole and won the second stage of the race. Blaney led for a good amount of Stage 3, but lost …

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