NASCAR Race Weekend Central

2-Headed Monster: Car or Driver – Which Propelled Sam Hornish to Victory Lane in Iowa?

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(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Trivia time: who won the ninth XFINITY race for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2016? No, it’s not Kyle Busch. Not Erik Jones. No to Denny Hamlin and it wasn’t Daniel Suarez. How about the one-off, hasn’t-raced-since-November Sam Hornish Jr.? That’s the one. Hornish went out and dominated the field in Iowa last Sunday, leading 183 …

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Iowa Winner Sam Hornish, Jr. Among Teams Penalized by NASCAR

2016 Iowa Speedway NXS Sam Hornish Jr. burnout photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Another race winner was hit with a penalty by NASCAR on Wednesday. Sam Hornish, Jr.’s No. 18 XFINITY Series team was among six penalized for having modified body panels. The issue was caught in post-race inspection. The No. 1 team of Elliott Sadler, No. 7 team of Justin Allgaier, No. 20 team of Erik Jones, …

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2-Headed Monster: Could Chase Elliott Win the Sprint Cup in His Rookie Year?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Chase Elliott racked up yet another top 5 on this past Sunday. That’s a statement you’d expect to hear about Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch or Joey Logano. Perhaps Martin Truex Jr. even. But a rookie like Elliott? Not even the most bullish Hendrick Motorsports fan would have expected to say that this early in the season. After …

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Kyle Larson Penalized Again; 20 Others Cited by NASCAR

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Wednesday was a huge day for NASCAR penalties and warnings. Kyle Larson, who finished third in last weekend’s FireKeepers Casino 400, was docked 15 points as part of a P3 penalty levied against the team for failing post-race inspection. Larson’s crew chief for the week, Phil Surgen, was fined $25,000 as part of the penalty. …

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Double Take: Michigan Success in June Doesn’t Lead to Cup Titles

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

Want to win the Sprint Cup championship this season? Don’t win this weekend at Michigan. That’s right – don’t win. Super counterintuitive, I know. Today’s NASCAR is all about winning. Win to make the Chase. Win to appease sponsors. Win to advance in the Chase. And win to take home the title. Winning is great, …

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2-Headed Monster: Has Joe Gibbs Racing Lost Its Stranglehold on Victory Lane?

2016 Dover I CUP Carl Edwards Matt Kenseth racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

Thirty-four laps. That’s all that Toyota led during last weekend’s Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway – out of 160 – and for a manufacturer that has led over half of the laps run this season, it seemed a little out of place.  Even more interesting is that all 34 of those laps …

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AJ Allmendinger, Ben Kennedy Among 4 Added to Richard Childress Racing’s XFINITY Roster

2016 Fontana NXS Aric Almirola AUstin Dillon Brendan Gaughan racing Russell LABounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Richard Childress Racing added some star power to its No. 2 NASCAR XFINITY Series  on Wednesday. RCR announced it has filled the seat for the five NXS standalone races. Ben Kennedy, Sam Hornish Jr., AJ Allmendinger and Michael McDowell will all get a shot at bringing the No. 2 to Victory Lane, a feat the …

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Kyle Larson’s Crew Chief Suspended for Lug Nut Violation

2016 Pocono I CUP Kyle Larson Chad Johnston NIgel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Another lug nut penalty was issued this week following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono. Chad Johnston, who crew chiefs the No. 42 car of Kyle Larson, was hit with a P3 penalty for failing to have all lug nuts properly installed on the car following the race. He was suspended for the …

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5 Points to Ponder: Another Winless Streak Falls

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[Photo: Zach Catanzareti]

ONE: The Outlaw Back in Victory Lane Kurt Busch took his 28th career victory Monday in the rain-delayed Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400, leading 32 laps before taking his third career victory at the Tricky Triangle. It was Busch’s first trophy earned there in nine years, a key moment in a season that had been quietly building …

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