Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: NASCAR’s Tame Pocono 400 Turns Into Terrific Finish

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline – For the third time this season, we have a first-time winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It’s Ryan Blaney, who drove to the lead after a late-race restart with fresher tires than a dominant Kyle Busch. He then held off Kevin Harvick in a thrilling finish after Harvick closed in while Busch and …

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Tech Talk: Justin Alexander Discusses Lug Nut Rule, Braking at Pocono

Photo Credit : Mike Neff

Being a new crew chief in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is challenging enough. Climb onto the pit box for one of the most iconic cars in the sport when it hasn’t won in a long time and the pressure is even more intense. Justin Alexander, crew chief for Austin Dillon, did it with …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Jimmie Johnson Pulls Another Rabbit Out of His Hat With Dover Victory

(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – There are horses for courses and some courses for horses. When it comes to Dover International Speedway and Jimmie Johnson, they are the perfect match. Johnson swept both Dover races in his rookie season, and after winning the race on Sunday, he now has 11 career wins at the track. …

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

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

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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Thinkin’ Out Loud : Austin Dillon Good to the Last Drop in Coca-Cola 600

(Photo: Yvonne Leonard)

Who’s in the headline: The Coca-Cola 600 took several different twists on Sunday evening/Monday morning. Through a crazy wreck to start the event, a rain delay for almost two hours and a dominating performance by Martin Truex Jr., it was Austin Dillon who took the No. 3 to Victory Lane for the first time in 17 …

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Clean Air Dominates Charlotte XFINITY Race

Photo Credit : Mike Neff

The advantage of clean air in NASCAR was on full display Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The entire 200-lap XFINITY Series race, the HiSense 4K TV 300, was an exercise in passing on restarts or playing follow-the-leader. Whenever the field was bunched up after cautions, just the first two laps after the drop of the …

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Daniel Hemric Battles Through Tough Day at Charlotte, Posts 13th-Place Finish

Photo Credit : Mike Neff

Daniel Hemric continued a season of strong starts with a fourth-place qualifying effort on Saturday for the XFINITY Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Unfortunately that quickly went out the window when the XFINITY Series rookie was involved in an incident on the third lap of the race. Hemric made contact with the outside wall …

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Tech Talk: Trent Owens & VHT, Durable Bump Stops & Driver Comfort

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Trent Owens, crew chief for Chris Buescher, had the opportunity to take a second driver to the All-Star Race last weekend. Similar to his last experience, running a JTG Daugherty Racing entry limited his opportunities since the small organization does not have a fleet of cars and therefore risks destroying one while going for the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Snares Huge Victory to Shed Charlotte Monkey

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Who’s in the headline: Kyle Busch had won 15 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in national touring series but never once visited Victory Lane in a Cup car. That changed Saturday night when Busch made an aggressive move on the restart to begin the final segment and took the lead, holding on for the final 10 laps …

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