Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Pennsylvania 400

2016 Pocono Ii Cup Ricky Stenhouse Jr Pack Racing Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Who’s in the headline – Chris Buescher took one of the biggest Sprint Cup underdog victories ever seen in Monday’s Pennsylvania 400 from Pocono Raceway. Buescher played the fuel game to perfection as impending weather hit the “Tricky Triangle.” Leading the first laps of his Cup career when the leaders took to pit road, the rookie …

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Martin Truex, Jr., Paul Menard with Early Issues in Pocono

2016 Pocono I Cup Martin Truex Jr. Anthony Lumbis Sr.

(Photo: Anthony Lumbis, Sr.)

It didn’t take too long before two of the top 3 starters ran into problems at Pocono Raceway. Shortly following a lap 18 restart after the competition caution, polesitter Martin Truex, Jr. cut a right-front tire into Turn 2, sending the No. 78 machine into the wall. The team found that the inner-liner valve stem …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Pocono Lineup

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Pocono Raceway on July 31st for the Pennsylvania 400. Kurt Busch made his way to victory lane at the “Tricky Triangle” back in June and will look to complete the sweep on Sunday. Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske have combined to win 14 out of the 20 …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Wins the Pole for the Pennsylvania 400

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For the second time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career, Martin Truex, Jr. will lead the field to the green flag three times in one season. Piloting the No. 78 Toyota, Truex topped the charts in the final round of qualifying for the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway at 50.211 seconds (179.244 mph), his …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Indianapolis Edition

2016 Loudon I Cup Matt Kenseth Burnout Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

A big part of what happened at New Hampshire during the Sprint Cup race on Sunday had to do with location. Yes, location, location, location. Mainly, if you were on the top lane on a restart that was a good location. If you got stuck on the bottom, not so much. HOT One driver who …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Matt Kenseth New Hampshire Win Tainted By Failed Inspection?

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Who’s in the headline: The old adage of only having to lead one lap seems to be the way Matt Kenseth does business. It rang true again this weekend as Kenseth started 18th and took over 250 laps to get to the point. Once there, he endured three restarts over the final 31 circuits and strolled to victory in a …

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Pace Laps: Weighing Martin Truex, Jr.’s Positives and Ty Dillon, Alex Bowman Duel at Loudon

2016 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Martin Truex Jr. Photo Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Sprint Cup: Positives over Negatives for Truex, Jr. The end of the day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway saw yet another disappointed what-could-have-been result for Martin Truex, Jr. The driver who has become known for missing out on race wins in his career – even with some of the fastest equipment in the field – …

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Toyotas Fast In Opening New Hampshire 301 Practice

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(Credit: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Toyota started the Sprint Cup weekend off with three of their cars posting the fastest three laps in the lone practice session at New Hampshire on Friday. Martin Truex, Jr. was the fastest at 28.517 seconds (133.562 mph). The hot lap came in the final couple of minutes in the practice session during a mock …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: New Hampshire Edition

2016 Kentucky Cup Brad Keselowski Helmet Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Admit it, you thought we were done with the Big One after leaving Daytona, but Kentucky Speedway provided us with another crash that took out a big chunk of the field. It also provided us with a true fuel strategy race that caused plenty of drama without the help of a late caution. You’ve got …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: 3 Kentucky NASCAR Races, 3 Different Results For FOX And NBC

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Welcome back.  Last weekend saw three interesting races at the new-and-possibly improved Kentucky Speedway.  It’s pretty rare to see three completely different races in one race weekend. Before we start, FOX Sports announced on Wednesday that Shannon Spake has left ESPN to join the FOX Sports family.  The press release indicates that she will keep …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2016 Quaker State 400

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty/ NKP)

Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Are you among those who think that Tony Stewart’s win at Sonoma was a little too convenient?  Well, maybe not so fast.  Stewart showed top-5 prowess again this week, moving steadily up through the field all night to finish fifth.  Stewart showed patience and good strategy en route to …

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Pit Road Penalty Spoils Promising Night For Martin Truex, Jr.

2016 Pocono I Cup Martin Truex Jr Cole Pearn Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Martin Truex, Jr., has lost races in a wide range of ways over the last two seasons. Yet somehow the three-time Sprint Cup Series winner found yet another way to lose in Saturday’s Quaker State 400. After trading the lead with Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski throughout the night, Truex found himself in second coming to …

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