Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Rides Clean Air to Pocono Victory

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline Martin Truex Jr. started the Pocono 400 by winning the first stage and ended it with a trip to Victory Lane. After a strong early performance, the jack falling on a pit stop left him 14th and it took most of the race to work back through traffic. Truex’s misfortune, combined with a …

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Tech Talk: Mike Wheeler Talks Suspension, Brakes & Shifting for Pocono

Crew chief Mike Wheeler on the No. 11 box

After the longest race of the season, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series prepares to head to one of the four longest ovals on the schedule. The triangle-shaped Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., offers very unique challenges for the teams and crew chiefs. Mike Wheeler is preparing the No. 11 for Denny Hamlin to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Crushes Coca-Cola 600

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Kyle Busch came into the 59th Coca-Cola 600 with a points win on every active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series track except Charlotte Motor Speedway. Not only did he check the box next to Charlotte, he also did it in truly dominating fashion. In the only four-stage race on the Cup …

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Tech Talk: Splitter Clearance & Pit Stop Choreography With Trent Owens

The Monster Energy Open was the first laps in anger with the restrictor plate aero package at Charlotte Motor Speedway. AJ Allmendinger won the final stage, while his JTG Daugherty Racing teammate Chris Buescher came home in fifth. Trent Owens, crew chief for Buescher, wasn’t able to take much away from the experience for the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Shines Brightest Among All-Stars

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick continues to flex his muscle as the best in the sport in 2018. Harvick won the second All-Star Race of his career Saturday night, with his other win coming over a decade ago in 2007. And in about as dominating a fashion as anyone could in a race where …

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Tech Talk: Justin Alexander Prepares for Radical All-Star Rules Package

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

This weekend is a reward, or at least that is what it is supposed to be. Drivers and teams who have won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race since 2017, along with winners of the All-Star Race in the last 10 years get to showcase their talents in front of many of the people …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Slathers Competition in Kansas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick continues to confirm the belief that Ford is the manufacturer to beat in 2018 in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For the fifth time in 12 races, Harvick was in Victory Lane. He started the year with three wins in a row after the Daytona 500 and has now …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Sweeps Up Dover

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline After a drought of six long races, Kevin Harvick is back in Victory Lane. The No. 4 Ford was the most dominant car all weekend at Dover and it showed throughout the race. Harvick started on the outside of the front row with the second fastest qualifying time. He led the …

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Tech Talk: Mike Wheeler on Bump Stop Material, Hard Landing & Pit Road Practice

Crew chief Mike Wheeler on the No. 11 box

A typical Talladega race ended with some people thrilled, some people angry and others just disappointed. For Mike Wheeler and the No. 11 team, it was a disappointing race thanks to self-imposed difficulties after back-to-back pit road speeding penalties with driver Denny Hamlin. Looking to rebound, the team is preparing to head to the first …

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