NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Kasey Kahne and Both Furniture Row Teammates Penalized by NASCAR

2017 Atlanta CUP Erik Jones car Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Prior to qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones were handed penalties by NASCAR. The infractions occurred prior to the teams assembling on pit road for the Qualifying session on Friday. NASCAR has a long, arduous process for teams to go through to …

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Friday Face-off: What Was to Blame for Daytona Carnage?

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This year’s Daytona 500 saw 15 drivers fail to finish due to wrecks. Is that the result of plate racing, the segments, simply coincidence or… what? Is the damage clock the right length or do you think that was also the culprit? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: In the 500, it was plate racing more than …

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Aric Almirola, Harrison Rhodes Crew Chiefs Hit With Daytona Penalties

2016 Loudon I CUP Aric Almirola Russell LaBounty NKP

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For all the issues that can come with the first race of a new year being at Daytona International Speedway, teams across NASCAR’s top three series seemed to have an easy go of things with the inspection stations. Lug nuts on the other hand, cost two teams some extra cash heading into Atlanta this weekend. …

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Carl Edwards Expresses No Regret

2016 Chicago CUP CArl Edwards Nigel Kinrade NKP

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Carl Edwards’ retirement announcement was certainly the biggest shock of the off season in driver news. Arguably just as big a story came on Tuesday, as Edwards stated in an ESPN interview that though he is happy and has no regrets about his decision to walk away, we may not have seen the last of …

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Fall Martinsville Qualifying and Race to be a One Day Show

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

Traditionally the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has enjoyed multi-day race weekends to tune up, qualify and then race for the win in the top stock car series in the world. That routine will be altered slightly when teams unload at Martinsville Speedway this fall. The new one day format announced Wednesday, will give fans …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wouldn’t Rule Out Retiring If He Won a Cup Title

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If Dale Earnhardt Jr. happened to be the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, you might not see him much in the series after that. During Wednesday’s NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway, Earnhardt was asked during his formal interview session if he had considered his future after a possible championship. In his …

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Friday Faceoff: Crunched Cars Crunched for Time

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NASCAR announced Wednesday that teams that suffer crash damage during a race will have five minutes to fix it on pit road, and if they can’t get the car back on track, they must park for the day.  Good move? John Douglas, Contributor: I am actually a fan of this rule. It’s a complex variation …

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NASCAR Announces Rule Changes for Damaged Vehicles

2016 Daytona II CUP packr acing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Today NASCAR announced more changes to on track competition for the 2017 season. The changes, which will cover all three national touring divisions, will mostly be noticed on pit road. Teams will now be on a five-minute clock to fix any repairs that NASCAR deem unsafe for continued competition. Additionally, NASCAR must deem the car …

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Friday Faceoff: How About All These Changes?

2016 Chicago CUP CArl Edwards Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

NASCAR issued several changes to race formats Monday. What was your instant reaction to the changes? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I really like the new points format. I like how bonus points carry throughout the Chase — whoops, I mean playoffs — and that you actually get something for running well in the first two stages of …

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Hamlin Receives Written Warning at Martinsville

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The list of infractions NASCAR had to deal with during the Martinsville weekend was one of the shortest of the season to date. Denny Hamlin‘s No. 11 FedEx team was issued a written warning for failing template inspection twice prior to qualifying. This was the team’s third written warning, but will not result in any …

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