NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Double Take: Practice Speed Doesn’t Guarantee Race Success

2016 Texas I CUP pack racing MAtthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

As Tom Bowles noticed last week, it’s much easier for drivers to overcome a poor qualifying effort this season. With the new low-downforce package making passing easier and drivers able to manipulate the air on cars in front, racers like Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick have been able to start mid-pack and come away with …

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2-Headed Monster: Has Brian Vickers Earned More Races This Season?

Brian Vickers Martinsville Cup 2016 Turn 3 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Brian Vickers is somewhat of an enigma. He won the 2003 XFINITY Series championship and was subsequently promoted to the No. 25 team of Hendrick Motorsports. He underperformed in the car, winning just a single race during his three years with HMS – a victory that came at the expense of his teammate Jimmie Johnson, …

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Kyle Busch Highlights Texas Warnings List

2016 Texas I CUP Kyle Busch broom Russell LaBounty NKP

For the second week in a row, the race-winning team in the Sprint Cup Series was warned for an issue found in inspection. Kyle Busch, whose No. 18 team won the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, was warned by NASCAR on Wednesday for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice. He was also warned following his …

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Inside Texas Motor Speedway’s Parity Streak

2014 Texas II CUP Jimmie Johnson guns CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2014)

If you could sum up all of the changes that NASCAR has made to the cars, the series, the rules in the last 15 years in one word, it would be parity. It’s no fun to see one driver dominate the win column like Jeff Gordon did in the 1990s. It’s no fun to see …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Teammates Race Each Other Differently?

Martinsville Keselowski Harvick Busch Pit Road 2015 Cup Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

“Man, that Dillon kid and that wears-his-heart-on-his-sleeve Menard guy are going at it again.” That seemed to be the big storyline of the Martinsville race last weekend. Austin Dillon and Paul Menard just kept going back and forth, roughing each other up in the corners and cussing the other out on the radio. Typical short …

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Kyle Busch Warned Following Martinsville Victory

Kyle Busch Confetti Martinsville Cup 2016 Mike Neff

Two teams were warned following the Martinsville race weekend, including Sprint Cup Series winner Kyle Busch, for issues found during inspection. Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 team was warned for failing pre-race inspection twice. He failed the laser inspection portion of the process. Busch started seventh and led 352 laps en route to his …

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Two-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Bring in More Manufacturers?

2016 Las Vegas CUP Denny Hamlin Ryan Newman racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T Thacker/NKP)

Audi in NASCAR? It might just be a reality. It may have come out of the blue, but last week NASCAR CEO Brian France told SiriusXM that Toyota’s success of going from a startup in 2007 to Sprint Cup champions in 2015 to Daytona 500 victor in 2016 has other manufacturers intrigued about joining the …

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Two-Headed Monster: Is the New Race Package Living Up to Expectations?

2016 Las Vegas CUP Ryan Blaney pack racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

The 2016 season has started with a bang for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – but is it due to the new low-downforce package? Four of the five Sprint Cup races contested so far in 2016 have been run with the new low-downforce package – Daytona used the typical restrictor plate setup – and it looks …

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