Race Weekend Central

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

2016 Talladega I Cup Brad Keselowski Champagne John Harrleson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrleson / NKP)

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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Eldora Truck Race Adds Aspen Dental as Presenting Sponsor

Eldora Million

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The only NASCAR-sanctioned race on dirt has a new presenting sponsor. The July 20 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway will be sponsored by Aspen Dental, speedway owner Tony Stewart confirmed on Friday (April 29) at Talladega Superspeedway. The Rossburg, Ohio, track confirmed the news in a release. “During our five year …

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Happiness Is… Tony Stewart

Stewart Haas

(Photo: Zach Catanzaretti)

Three-time champion Tony Stewart rejoined the Sprint Cup series this past weekend at Richmond after missing the first eight races of the season.  His return brought with it a number of aspects that circle the sport.  Let’s start off with the fact that Stewart found himself getting fined $35k for calling out NASCAR on the …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Receives P3 Penalty for Richmond Infraction

2016 Phoenix I Cup Ricky Stenhouse Jr Dale Earnhardt Jr Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Three teams had infractions during the Richmond race weekend, with one team receiving a P3 penalty. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing team was found to have an illegal steering system during opening inspection and the team was levied a P3 penalty on Wednesday. Stenhouse’s crew chief Nick Sandler was fined $20,000, placed …

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The Frontstretch 5: Pictures that Say More Than Words Alone

2016 Fontana Nxs Darrell Wallace Jr Laughing Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  If that’s true, the pictures here speak volumes, far more than I could possibly convey in mere paragraphs. Racing, at its heart, is about people. Here, some of the people show a myriad of emotions. Photography is intimacy at its raw core; it sees people as …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Can Anyone Stop Joe Gibbs Racing?

2016 Richmond I Cup Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T Hacker/NKP)

Did anyone else feel like they were watching a race from the late ’90s/early 2000s on Sunday? With great racing at Richmond – during the day, no less! – and a bump and run that harkened back to the short-track roots of most drivers on the circuit, Sunday’s Toyota Owner’s 400 had just about everything …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Fine, Be That Way

2016 Richmond I Cup Tony Stewart Danica Patrick Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Thursday, most fans of the sport were delighted to hear that three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart had recovered well enough from a back injury suffered in an OHV accident that he could resume racing again. NASCAR welcomed him back with the now near-obligatory waiver of the requirement to run every race to potentially make …

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Five Points to Ponder: Where There’s “Smoke,” There’s Fire

2016 Richmond I Cup Kyle Busch Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Smoke Rising: Wasn’t it good to see the lovable curmudgeon himself, Tony Stewart, back in action at Richmond International Raceway this past Sunday? The sport needs characters, not automaton sponsor-spouting shills and there can be no question Smoke fits squarely into the first category. In the end it was a relatively ho hum lead lap …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Are FOX’s Poor NASCAR Ratings Fixable With Better Coverage?

2016 Richmond I Cup Regan Smith Carl Edwards Jimmie Johnson Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Welcome back.  Sunday had a great finish, eh?  Not too often that someone executes the bump n’ run on their own teammate.  I’ll fully admit that I was surprised that Carl Edwards was willing to do it. Also, there was a bit of an uproar surrounding Samantha Busch cussing at the finish after the aforementioned …

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

2016 Martinsville I Cup Ryan Blaney Car Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson)

If you wonder if watching a NASCAR race is good for you, then were a lot of good reasons to like what happened in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Richmond: Long green flag runs: Check. Multiple yellows to bunch the field back up: Check. Seeing Smoke back out on the track: Check. An unexpected Earnhardt special on the …

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NASCAR Changes Lug Nut Policy Amidst Controversy

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Five days after fining Tony Stewart $35,000 for comments made about NASCAR’s lug nut policy — or the lack there of — NASCAR has announced a series of mandates for pit stops. NASCAR will begin policing teams this coming weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, as pit crews will be forced to put on and tighten all …

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