NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Up to Speed: No Urgency Necessary for Alex Bowman & William Byron

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Remember last year’s Brickyard 400? The ending of the race was a hot mess. A multi-car crash brought out the yellow flag with 10 laps left in the scheduled distance, ending a long green flag run.  From then on, it seemed that even NASCAR’s best could not go more than one lap without triggering another …

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Up to Speed: The Rest of Stewart-Haas Racing

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Kevin Harvick’s three wins in a row have captured the attention of the NASCAR world in the last few weeks, and he was in the headlines again at Auto Club Speedway.  But this time, it was following contact with Kyle Larson that triggered an odd accident. It left Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing with a crumpled …

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Up to Speed: When Happy Gets Angry

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Kevin Harvick won last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, scoring his second straight victory of the 2018 season.  He won in dominant fashion, leading 214 of 267 laps.  Nobody was off to a better start than Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing crew, and the team was heading to ISM Raceway, where Harvick had won eight times before. …

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Up to Speed: Be Concerned About Pit Guns

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Just a reminder: we are three races into the 2018 NASCAR season. The way that teams are performing now might have little-to-no bearing on the rest of the year.  Recall Joe Gibbs Racing’s slow start to 2017 and the seemingly dire outlook of its drivers’ championship hopes.  By the playoffs, JGR and its associates at …

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Up to Speed: Solving the Atlanta Weather Problem

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[Photo: Zach Catanzareti]

Before the competitors of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series could do battle against each other at Atlanta Motor Speedway, they had to battle Mother Nature. The Sunday forecast looked pretty grim throughout the week, calling for rain all day. Fortunately, the sanctioning body moved the start time up one hour, started the track drying …

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Up to Speed: Wild & Young Racers Steal the Show at Daytona


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If the Daytona 500 is any indication, the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season could be one of the wildest in years. Granted, making any predictions about an entire season based only on the first race is a dangerous game.  The Daytona 500 is unlike any other race on the NASCAR schedule, and restrictor plate …

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Up to Speed: Will Rising Young NASCAR Stars Contend for the Championship?

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After a wave of 2017 retirements, a youth movement has turned into a tsunami, in position to take the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series by storm.  The top division of professional stock car racing is awash with fresh talent, poised to be a major storyline as soon as this Sunday’s Daytona 500. Most of the …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Furniture Row Racing

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Heading into the 2017 NASCAR season, Furniture Row Racing prepared to do something it had never done before.  The Denver, Colo.-based organization, led by Barney Visser, would field two cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  Veteran Martin Truex Jr. returned to the No. 78 team for his fourth season with FRR.  Truex was …

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Up to Speed: Is Martin Truex Jr. the New Dale Jarrett?

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If there is one thing that NASCAR fans of all stripes love, it is comparing the careers of different drivers.  Martin Truex Jr.’s career took on a new dimension Sunday after winning his first championship at NASCAR’s highest level.  Whatever else Truex accomplishes in his career, he will always be tied to the select group …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Gets It Done at Homestead?

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

After the dust cleared at Phoenix, it will be Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski duking it out for the championship at Homestead.  Who takes home the trophy? Amy Henderson: Truex is ready to close it out and has the car to do it.  And if anyone else does win it, …

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