NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice? … Just How Good Brad Keselowski Has Been?

2016 Chicago CUP Brad Keselowski Nigel Kinrade NKP

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Did You Notice? … Brad Keselowski is quietly having a career year? The 2012 champion was a quiet number one seed after an impressive regular season, and after two Chase races he currently leads the point standings. He is on pace to break his season bests in top 5s, top 10s, and his average finish of …

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Did You Notice? … The Depth Of Hendrick’s Hole Heading Into The Chase?

2016 Pocono I CUP Jimmie Johnson Smoke Anthony Lumbis Sr.

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Did You Notice? … Hendrick Motorsports heads toward the Chase entering uncharted territory? Just one of its drivers sits inside the top 10 in the season standings: Chase Elliott in 10th. Only one of its drivers, Jimmie Johnson, has clinched a spot in the postseason field. Barring some bizarre circumstances, Elliott should join too but …

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Did You Notice? … Dale Earnhardt Jr. Still in the Top 25 Despite Long Absence


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Did you notice? … Dale Earnhardt Jr. is still within the top 25 in points even though he has only run 18 of 24 races? He currently sits 22nd in the standings, ahead of 11 drivers who have made every race this season. Peers he’s currently beating? Paul Menard, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer, all …

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Did You Notice? … Front Row Motorsports Holding Its Own

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Did You Notice? … Front Row Motorsports has experienced more success than you might think? Sure, it doesn’t seem like it right off the bat. Monday’s improbable win by Chris Buescher, the first for the team at an unrestricted track is just their second Sprint Cup victory overall. How unexpected was Buescher’s break? He had never …

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Did You Notice? … Jeff Gordon’s Return Reveals NASCAR’s Need for Star Power

2016 Indianapolis CUP Jeff Gordon Rick Hendrick Logan Whitton NKP

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Did You Notice? …  The television audience for Sunday’s Brickyard 400 increased despite one of the least competitive races in the track’s stock car history? NASCAR pulled a 3.1 Nielsen rating, up 3 percent, while viewership increased 11 percent to 5.21 million. That came despite a record-low four lead changes, all of which occurred through …

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Did You Notice? … Hendrick Motorsports’ Rough Road?

2016 Charlotte All Star CUP Rick Hendrick Nigel Kinrade NKP

How Did Hendrick Do in Comparison to Kyle Busch? (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Did You Notice? … The struggles of Hendrick Motorsports this season getting more pronounced? The team’s night at Kentucky Speedway ended with none of HMS’ four cars in serious contention; Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was the best of the bunch in 13th place. For the second straight week, the entire four-car fleet ran outside the top 10, the …

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Did You Notice? … In NASCAR, Timing Is Everything

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Did You Notice? … Timing is everything these days? In the past two weeks, we’ve seen when officials throw the yellow flag make a difference. There was the debris caution at Sonoma, thrown at a point where Tony Stewart was able to catch a lucky break on track position. Then, there was the final lap …

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Did You Notice? … The Gambles Of Ryan Blaney… & NASCAR Debris Cautions?

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Did You Notice? … Ryan Blaney could have failed to qualify for a Chase race? That’s certainly a loophole NASCAR was looking to shore up by its decision this week to ensure every team that qualifies for the Chase is guaranteed a spot over the final 10 events. Officials looped this adjustment in the rules …

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Did You Notice? … Big Names Still Seeking First NASCAR Road Course Win

2016 Pocono I CUP Matt Kenseth Jason Ratcliff Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Did You Notice? … That for many on the Sprint Cup circuit road course racing has become an acquired skill. Sure, the quality of competition has gone up significantly in recent years; months of testing and resources are benchmarked to help series regulars at both Sonoma and Watkins Glen. We’ve seen old road course ringers like Boris Said and Ron …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR At The Season’s Halfway Point

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Did You Notice? … Halfway through this Sprint Cup season there’s at least a few new drivers in position to spice up the Chase. Here’s the 16-driver postseason grid after Richmond last September compared to how things stand through 13 races… 2015 Chasers 2016 Chase As Of Now Clint Bowyer Ryan Blaney Kurt Busch Kurt Busch Kyle …

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