Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: Breaking Down NASCAR’s All-Star Race Changes

2016 Kansas I Cup Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

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ONE: Is Kyle Busch NASCAR’s Championship Favorite? Kyle Busch’s victory at what was, let’s be fair, an absolute snoozer of a race at Kansas Speedway was his third of the season (a series best). It was also his 37th Cup victory in his 401st race and, incredibly, his 162nd win across all three levels of top …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Kills His Kansas Curse

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Who’s in the headline – Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch is doing his best to put himself in position to repeat. Busch started the race in sixth Saturday night and was a top-10 mainstay outside of green-flag pit cycles. Busch moved into the second spot on lap 175 after a restart and was inside the top …

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2-Headed Monster: Has the Logano/Kenseth Feud Run Its Course?

2016 Las Vegas Cup Matt Kenseth Joey Logano Racing John Harrelson Nkp

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Richard Petty and David Pearson.  Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon. Kurt Busch and Jimmy Spencer. Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. Over the years, these have been some of the more famous rivalries in NASCAR, and whether they resulted in drivers coming to blows or just good-natured competition on the race track, they kept fans engaged and …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Kansas Edition

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There was plenty of rolling and tumbling in the Sprint Cup race at Talladega Sunday. That’s been a big topic of debate in these couple of days after the race. It’s something NASCAR is trying to prevent, but when you get cars going at nearly 200 mph only inches away from each other, no matter …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Drops Malachi Crunch on the Talladega Demo Derby for Second Win of the Season

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Who’s in the headline – Brad Keselowski won his first Cup race at Talladega in 2009. While he isn’t mentioned in the same breaths with Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt or Tony Stewart when plate racing prowess is discussed, the bottom line is he won his fourth plate race at Talladega on Sunday. Even though the …

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Up To Speed: Kenseth v. Logano Apparently Isn’t Over

2016 Las Vegas Cup Matt Kenseth Joey Logano Racing John Harrelson Nkp

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This rivalry just won’t die. Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano once again left the race perturbed, annoyed and overall exasperated with one another after a long day in the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. With about 15 laps to go, Logano and Kenseth were both running in or near the top five (the …

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NASCAR Brings Perfect Talladega Storm Without A Drop of Rain

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Dark clouds covered the Talladega Superspeedway on a hot, humid Sunday, casting an ominous haze over the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field. Moisture threatened to cover the field throughout the day, but the only particles to fly across the 2.66-mile oval were the myriad of debris sent flying from the many crashed cars. As it turned out, …

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Pace Laps: Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano Tangle, Jeremy Clements’ Strong Run and Nico Rosberg Wins Again

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Sprint Cup: Kenseth and Logano Not Done Yet – For the second straight time, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano have experienced an issue at Talladega Superspeedway involving contact on the track. The only difference, obviously, is what has transpired between now and last October following a nasty payback from Kenseth to then-race leader Logano the following week at …

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Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff on the New Lug Nut Rule

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The season has been a challenge for Jason Ratcliff and Matt Kenseth‘s No. 20 team: Part failures, officiating calls and plain bad luck have resulted in many races ending with finishes worse than that of which the team was capable. While that might have some questioning where their team is headed and what needs to …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Richmond Edition

2016 Bristol I Cup Carl Edwards Checkered Flag Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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This one goes to out to your inner gymnast, the lover of the underdogs and the days and the days of heat and last chance races after what took place during the Sprint Cup race at Bristol on Sunday and the Xfinity race Saturday. HOT Someone other than Kyle Busch won a NASCAR race for …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Carl Edwards Lays Down a Colossal Beat Down at Bristol

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Who’s in the headline – It was pointed out last week, and it was reinforced this weekend, that Joe Gibbs Racing is right at the top of the board in the Cup series. It was Carl Edwards turn this weekend as he dominated the race. Edwards led 276 laps en route to capturing his first …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Food City 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? I’ve got a pair of them this week. Well, make it three, because Matt DiBenedetto deserves all the accolades he can get after an impressive performance that Carl Edwards said afterward was probably more difficult for the No. 83 team than the win was for his. There’s more on …

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