Race Weekend Central

Kyle Larson Fastest In Saturday Morning Practice Session

(Photo: Amy Henderson)

After rain washed out practice sessions on Friday for both the Monster Energy Open and All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR added a one-hour combined session for teams Saturday morning.  Cars this weekend have a dramatically different aerodynamic package, making the extra time on track more critical than it might otherwise have been. Kyle …

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Johnny Sauter Makes Truck Series Statement For Old Age & Treachery at Charlotte

(Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has had a heck of a youth movement going on with the likes of Noah Gragson, Todd Gilliland, Ben Rhodes, Brett Moffitt and part-timer John Hunter Nemechek among them.  The average age of CWTS regulars visiting Victory Lane this season is 28 years old. But the driver everyone is …

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Matt Kenseth Marks All-Star Return With Pole

(Photo: Amy Henderson)

NASCAR’s All-Star Race is quite a spectacle. Even the qualifying session adds excitement with a pit stop in the middle of a three-lap run.  Some teams tried changing left-side tires first, and it was a bit faster, there was no pit road speed limit but penalties were handed out for mistakes like loose lugnuts. Oh, …

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Matt Crafton and Dalton Sergeant Top CWTS Practices at Charlotte

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Noah Gragson may be of the hottest young drivers in NASCAR right now, but he spent the first Camping World Truck Series practice session at Charlotte Motor Speedway chasing series veterans.  Two-time CWTS champion Matt Crafton led the way with a top speed of 181.129.MPH.  The 2016 Champ Johnny Sauter was second with a fast lap …

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The Frontstretch 5: Changes That Could Make NASCAR’s All-Star Race More Relevant

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

1. The venue The All-Star Race has been held at Charlotte Motor Speedway for many years, and quite a few fans feel that it’s time for a change. Is it? From the fans’ point of view, sure. Charlotte doesn’t produce a lot of door-to-door racing anymore, and moving the race around would give more fans …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 KC Masterpiece 400

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? For a small team, finishing in the top 10 at Talladega Superspeedway is a great showing, but such performance is a lot more likely at a restrictor-plate track than at an intermediate, where aerodynamics rule the day and speed comes with a premium price tag. For a struggling …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: An Open Letter to Whomever Ends Up Owning NASCAR

(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

To NASCAR’s future purchaser: Congratulations on your acquisition.  You have an exciting time in store for you, and I wish you the best of luck in your new endeavor. Your position is somewhat unenviable; our sport has come to a crossroads in recent years.  It’s grown exponentially, changed immensely and fallen on hard times.  But …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 AAA 400 Drive for Autism

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Kyle Busch’s drivetrain failed in dramatic fashion.  Erik Jones never found his mojo.  Denny Hamlin was fast, finishing seventh, but he wasn’t the fastest Joe Gibbs Racing driver Sunday.  That driver was Daniel Suarez, who quietly put together a career-best third-place finish, his first top 5 on an …

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The Frontstretch 5: Winless Drivers in 2018 Who Can Turn It Around at Dover

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

1. Kyle Larson While Larson has yet to score a Cup win at Dover International Speedway, he has led 463 laps at the 1-mile oval.  That’s good for sixth among all active drivers, and Larson has done it in just eight races—that’s between eight and 26 fewer races than anyone else in the top 10 …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 GEICO 500

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? While David Ragan was putting on a restrictor-plate driving clinic, he’s strong enough that it’s almost expected that he’ll run well. He finished sixth for a Front Row Motorsports team which rarely cracks the top 20. Less expected was the strong run of another driver, who, while his …

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