Race Weekend Central

Tracking the Trucks: Underdogs Shine as Johnny Sauter Surges at Daytona

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

In a Nutshell: The NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday (Feb. 16) was the typical wreck-fest it tends to be be. Many NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stars crashed, including Matt Crafton, Noah Gragson, John Hunter Nemechek, and Stewart Friesen. Their tough luck opened the door for underdogs of the series, as …

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Spencer Davis Surprises with a Top 10 in Truck Debut

When Kyle Busch Motorsports announced its 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver lineup, there was one name that not many people recognized: Spencer Davis. The 19-year-old had been bouncing around the K&N Pro Series, ARCA Racing Series, Whelen Modified Tour, and the CARS Tour for the past several years. His biggest highlight was a …

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David Gilliland Claims Pole For Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250

The younger generation of racers has not yet completely taken over. 41-year-old David Gilliland swept both rounds of qualifying to win the pole for Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway (Feb. 16). Gilliland’s speed of 183.610 mph was enough to win his first career Camping World Truck Series pole award. It was …

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Are the Can-Am Duels Still Necessary?

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series duked it out on Thursday night (Feb. 15) in the Can-Am Duels to determine Sunday’s starting lineup for the Daytona 500. Only 40 cars entered the Great American Race this year, so for the first time in a long time, no one was sent home. In the …

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Chase Elliott Dominates Second Can-Am Duel

(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

Chase Elliott won the second Can-Am Duel on Thursday night (Feb. 15) to claim the fourth-place starting spot in the Daytona 500. The win marks Elliott’s second career Duel win, also winning one last year. “We did this last year. We got the big one to go on Sunday,” Elliott said to FS1. 2016 Daytona …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. Pushes Ryan Blaney to Win the First Cam-Am Duel

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Alex Bowman started the first Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway on the pole, but was quickly shuffled out on the first lap. The three Team Penske cars maneuvered to the top of the field and claimed the top-three spots, with Brad Keselowski initially leading before Joey Logano took over. Two-time Daytona 500 champion Jimmie …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Richard Petty Motorsports

Aric Almirola (Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Richard Petty Motorsports entered 2017 at a spot fairly close to rock bottom. The 2016 season was a complete disaster. After ditching Roush Fenway Racing’s chassis shop and electing to build their own, the team looked off the pace for most of the year and only netted one top-five and two top 10s between its …

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NASCAR Top 10 Storylines 2017: Furniture Row Racing Inspires Small Teams

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

For Furniture Row Racing, the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title was 13 years in the making. That’s how long it’s taken for this team to evolve. It’s gone from a car that barely qualified for races, to “the little team that could,” to the best team in all of NASCAR. The pinnacle of …

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Martinsville Delivers the Racing NASCAR Needs

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

It is a well-known fact that NASCAR has been in the decline since it peaked in the mid-2000s. Ratings are down and the seats at the track have not been in as high of demand as they were a decade ago. People have chalked that up to various things, such as the introduction of playoffs, …

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Grandfather Clock Escapes Brad Keselowski at Martinsville

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Brad Keselowski was one of the dominant cars in the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday  and was cruising to a victory… until everything spiraled out of control. Keselowski won the first two stages of the event and led a total of 108 laps, gapping second-place Chase Elliott with eight laps to go …

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