Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: Ch-ch-changes

2017 Pocono Cup Zach Catanzareti Darrell Wallace Jr.

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The Track Side interviews: First up, this week, a quick word about NBC’s new “trackside” winner interviews conducted on the frontstretch immediately post-burnout. My quick take is they’re excellent, and it’s a tremendous addition to the overall broadcast. Why? Primarily because it’s a chance to see some raw emotion from the winning driver before they’ve …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kentucky was Martin Truex Jr.’s World; Everyone Else was Looking for a Nut

2017 Kentucky Cup Martin Truex Jr Burnout Barry Cantrell Nkp

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Who’s in the headline – Just over a year ago, Martin Truex, Jr. turned the Coca-Cola 600 into his own personal playground. Saturday wasn’t that level of dominant, but it was close. Truex has been very strong on 1.5-mile tracks since the marriage of Joe Gibbs Racing and Furniture Row Racing at the beginning of 2016, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2017 Quaker State 400

2017 Kentucky Cup Kyle Larson Pack Racing Barry Cantrell Nkp

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? Kyle Larson was held up in pre-qualifying inspection on Friday at Kansas Speedway and never made a qualifying lap, resulting in the Cup Series point leader starting the race shotgun on the field. Proving that it’s not about where you start, but where you finish, Larson ended up finishing …

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Matt Kenseth: ‘As of Today, I Do Not Have a Job for Next Year’

2017 Pocono Cup Zach Catanzareti Matt Kenseth

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Matt Kenseth could be back in a car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He could not be. Right now, he’s not so sure. In a press conference at Kentucky Speedway Friday (July 7), Kenseth addressed his status for 2018 with Joe Gibbs Racing, telling reporters he didn’t know what the future held. “I’m …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered By DraftKings: Quaker State 400 Preview

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tn Usa Saturday 22 April 2017 Martin Truex Jr, Furniture Row/denver Mattress Toyota Camry World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker Nkp

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400 this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. In your latest daily fantasy NASCAR weekend, cars hit the track on Friday at 10 a.m. for first practice, and then at 6:15 p.m. on Friday for Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Here are eight …

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Up to Speed: What Daytona Performance Reveals for Playoff Hopefuls

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It is not unusual to see underdogs perform well in restrictor plate races.  However, Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway produced a few more surprises than usual. Winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the only driver to start and finish inside the top 10.  Additionally, no driver who entered the race in the top …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Survives the Daytona Pandemonium For Second Career Victory

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Who’s in the headline – It took Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 157 races to visit Victory Lane for the first time. It only took eight more to make a return trip. Stenhouse made a late-race pass coming to the white flag and held off the competition to lead the final two laps to score the victory. …

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Martin Truex Jr. Quickest in 1st Cup Practice at Sonoma

2017 Kansas I Cup Martin Truex Jr Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Martin Truex Jr. hasn’t led a lap at Sonoma Raceway since taking home his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in 2013. But he’s trying to change that this weekend. The No. 78 car topped the Cup Series field during the first practice session of the weekend, setting the pace at 75.740 seconds. Denny …

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The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 FireKeepers Casino 400

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Who … gets the shoutout of the race? Kyle Larson is a master at restarts. It’s something that Jeff Gordon always pondered during the late stages of his career, but one of NASCAR’s next potential superstars has restarts down to a science. The  No. 42 car did its best job to depict the likes of …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: FireKeepers Casino 400 Preview

2017 Talladega I Cup Matt Kenseth Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway for the FireKeepers Casino 400 this Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET. Your daily fantasy NASCAR team will now be faced with the prospect of conquering this two-mile oval that is one of the fastest on the circuit. Cars hit the track on Friday …

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2017 Frontstretch Cup: Pocono 400 Predictions

2016 Pocono Ii Cup Kyle Larson Racing Logan Whitton Nkp

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Welcome to our 10th 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 in the Pocono 400! Think you can out-prognosticate …

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Tech Talk: G-Forces, Part Failure & Corner Entries with Jason Ratcliff

2017 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series O'reilly Auto Parts 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Tx Usa Friday 7 April 2017 Jason Ratcliff World Copyright: Logan Whitton/nkp

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After the longest race of the year, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads off to one of the toughest tracks on the schedule. The concrete high banks of Dover International Speedway tests man and machine thanks to its high banks, high speeds and unique transitions into and out of the corners. The fact the …

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