Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the Citizen Soldier 400

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Who…gets my shoutout of the race? With so many drivers making the Chase, the early races are all about them in the finishing order, but there was one party crasher in the top 10 in the form of Jeff Gordon in the No. 88. Gordon led seven laps late, but needed a late caution that …

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Up To Speed: Change of Scenery Brings Change in Results for Truex

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Martin Truex, Jr.’s fourth win of the season this year isn’t all that surprising when you look at the amount of laps he has led this year, but is surprising when you look at his win totals throughout his career. Prior to 2016, Truex had never won more than one race in one whole season. …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers You Need to Watch in the Chase

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

1. Joe Gibbs Racing This group has been so strong in 2016, and not just any one of them. When one is having an off day, another is dominating. The JGR Toyotas have a bit more speed than the competition this year, and all four drivers—defending champ Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Denny …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Restart Edition

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Wouldn’t it be nice if life regularly offered us a chance for a restart, a chance to pull back even with the leaders after falling behind? A chance to get our lap back when we feel like we are a lap down to the rest of the field. A chance to win a race when …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Nets Loudon Victory With Late Restart Pass

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23-25 September, 2016, Loudon, New Hampshire USA Kevin Harvick celebrates in victory lane ©2016, Logan Whitton/NKP

Who’s in the headline – While Joe Gibbs Racing cars dominated the event, it was Kevin Harvick who parked it in Victory Lane on Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The JGR crew and affiliate led 280 of the 300 laps. Harvick took advantage of a late race, front row restart to wrest the …

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Pace Laps: Sleepless Nights for Sprint Cup Stars and Minor League Excitement

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(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Sprint Cup: A Sleepless Week for 14 Men – Kevin Harvick, with a swift, unexpected pass on Matt Kenseth for the win Sunday at New Hampshire, avoided the weight of elimination come next weekend at Dover. Along with Martin Truex, Jr., Harvick is now in rare air because when the field lines up for 400 …

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Kevin Harvick Clinches Berth in Second Round of Chase Winning New Hampshire

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On a restart with six laps to go, Kevin Harvick lined up on the bottom lane underneath Matt Kenseth. The No. 20 car led 105 laps until that point, but could not hold off the No. 4 machine as the green flag waved for the final time Sunday afternoon. Harvick started the 300-lap race from the …

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Kyle Larson, Martin Truex, Jr. Tie in Cup Practice at New Hampshire

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Kyle Larson and Martin Truex, Jr. tied atop the scoring pylon in the first practice Saturday morning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. At a lap of 132.186 mph, the two Chase drivers were slightly faster than the rest of the Chase field. The first nine times were clocked in by …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: NASCAR Implications Edition

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Sunday brought us our first Chase race and for some drivers, the first race that had real implications for them since a win earlier this season. Due to some upcoming penalties that will likely be announced Wednesday, we don’t even know what all of those implications will be. HOT It remains to be seen if …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Chase Kickoff Too Focused On Championship

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Welcome back to the Chase.  I’m not particularly happy that its here, but we’ll just have to deal with it.  As you all know, focus tightens ever more at this time of year, often to the point where drivers that are in the top 10 are ignored if they’re not in the Chase.  However, we …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Staying out on a late caution won this race a year ago, and while it was not the winning strategy this time around, there’s something to be said for trying to make something happen late, which was exactly the tack taken by Ryan Blaney and Kasey Kahne. While neither …

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Up to Speed: Why Martin Truex, Jr. is Driving for ‘a Little Less’ This Season

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Martin Truex, Jr.’s win at Chicagoland Speedway means that the No. 78 team has something that other teams don’t for these next two races: breathing room. Given the ups and downs the team has faced this season, it’s a much-needed addition to their Chase run. Though there are two races left in the Round of …

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