Race Weekend Central

We Want Passion — Not Just Experience — in Our Drivers

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

We want raw emotion from our racing stars. The frontstretch, post-burnout interview spawned from that desire. When the drivers get out of the car, we don’t want them to cool down, we want to see and hear that raw emotion. Then when a driver gives it to us and it goes against our ideals or …

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Reviving The Xfinity Series Will Take Time & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Is Helping

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The throwback concept has been a huge shot in the arm for NASCAR since its debut years ago. Different teams harkening back to sponsor liveries of days gone by have stirred long lost emotions that some people who follow the sport thought were lost forever. NASCAR history buff Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been at the …

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We Need More Bob Leavines

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the last two weeks, Leavine Family Racing owner Bob Leavine has been crucified on social media, especially Twitter, for the decision to let Matt DiBenedetto go from his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race team. DiBenedetto has given LFR more top fives in one year than it scored in its previous eight years of …

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Saying Goodbye to Family

Obituary photo for Nick Harrison from Spring Hill Memorial Park and Funeral Home

You hear it all the time when people talk about racing and especially the NASCAR garage: racing is a family. Most of us who are involved in the sport spend more time with the people at the track than we do with our biological families. When something happens to one of our racing family members, …

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Changes Are A-Comin’ (On the Manufacturer Side?)

Ryan Newman gets an invite to the Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout and takes the win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Credit: Getty Images

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is about to have myriad changes take place over the next couple of years — or so it’s said. In 2020, the schedule is rumored to be drastically different, and in 2021 the Gen-7 car is set to hit the track. Reports describe the vehicles as everything from more …

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Win & You’re In — Probably (& Other Confusing Rules)

After Chase Elliott‘s victory on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the never-ending playoffs discussion turned to his automatic eligibility for NASCAR’s postseason. Since this version of the champion selection process was announced, the talking heads on the idiot box have continuously spouted that a win in the regular season …

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NASCAR Perception is Reality for Jim, Bob and Cooter… and You, Too

(Photo: John K Harrelson/ NKP)

Three buddies are headed to the races. Jim is Captain Negativity, Bob is Mr. Glass Half Full and Cooter goes with the flow. They are the epitome of perception is reality and the way they see a race weekend unfold speaks volumes about the challenges facing our sport. As the boys arrive at the race …

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Quit Yer Bitchin’, NASCAR Fans

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Auto racing has been around since the second automobile was produced, and there have constantly been contests between owners of different vehicles to see which one is the fastest. Whether it is in a straight line, a circle, windy roads or backward, people are always going to race each other. As fans of auto racing, …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Ryan Newman

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Ryan Newman’s 2018 season was nothing special. And nothing special, in the end, simply wasn’t good enough to keep him at Richard Childress Racing for 2019 and bey0nd. In his fifth year behind the wheel of the No. 31 Chevrolet, Newman did not visit Victory Lane in 2018 and also missed the playoffs. While that …

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