NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Kickin’ the Tires: Was a ‘Brotherly Shove’ Imminent at Sonoma?

Kyle Busch leads his brother Kurt in the Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway

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The feel-good story of the week is Kyle Busch getting a much-needed win that may make him eligible for the post-season Chase for the Championship – but with his older brother closing on him in the final laps did anyone believe Kurt Busch wouldn’t have delivered a little ‘Brotherly Shove’ to steal the win? Sure, Kyle still …

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Kickin’ the Tires: NASCAR Making Moves to Make Racing Better

Jimmis Johnson and Casey Mears race at Kentucky Speedway July 2014.

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2014)­­

In response to a decline in passes for the lead under race conditions, paired with the handling of the current version of the Generation-6 Sprint Cup Series racecar, NASCAR took action last week. Steve O’Donnell, the sport’s Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, announced a new racing package being debuted for upcoming action …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Roush Fenway Racing Needs a Crisis Management Plan

2015 Michigan I CUP Ricky Stenhouse Jr CIA

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Michigan International Speedway may be Chevrolet’s backyard but it was once more commonly known as, “Jack Roush’s House.” Unfortunately for he and the entire Roush Fenway Racing organization, it appears someone locked the front door and took away the keys from Ford’s former racing giant. Going into this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series festivities blue-oval fans were …

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Kickin’ the Tires: With Martin Truex Jr. a Winner, Who Else is Worthy of a Chase Berth?

2015 Dover I CUP Martin Truex Jr II CIA

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The takeaway from last week’s column was: It really didn’t matter if Martin Truex Jr. made it to the winner’s circle because his performance should ensure him a spot in the Chase for the Championship. Well, that is a moot point now. While not quite the same feeling as watching American Pharoah cross the stripe, …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Drivers Don’t Have to Win to Make the Championship

2015 Dover I CUP Martin Truex Jr and helmet CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

It’s sad, but before I even write the words for this week’s column I can already hear the screaming, gnashing of teeth and insults that will follow by the naysayers and contrarians who think they are smarter than the people running the sport. So, with that out of the way, let’s look at the No. …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Reminiscing About Yesteryear’s “Incredible” NASCAR Finishes

2015 Charlotte I CUP Kevin Harvick car CIA

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Normally, I would be writing a column about what happened during the Coca-Cola 600 and any issues that may have occurred in the race… but not this week. After the response to last week’s column, it seems appropriate to point a few things out about incredible racing people remember from decades ago. Let’s start off …

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Kickin’ the Tires: NASCAR Fans Fickle Over Finishes

2015 Iowa I NXS Chris Bueacher Ryan Blaney racing credit NASCAR vis Getty Images

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It was a great weekend of racing action at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway, but if you went solely by the responses on Twitter and other forms of social media, you wouldn’t know it. Why? Because our fickle fans think they can come up with a way to end every race with door-banging, side-by-side action …

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Kickin’ the Tires: What Does The Future Hold for Erik Jones?

2015 Kansas Speeday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NSCS Erik Jones prerace pit road credit nascar via getty images

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Erik Jones knew going into the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 that he was only guaranteed one shot at proving his Cup potential to the powers-that-be at Joe Gibbs Racing, because the return of Kyle Busch following his injury earlier this season is imminent. Apparently, the 18-year-old driver took his role to heart. He made every effort to impress the …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Junior Nation Can Sleep Easy With Chase Berth

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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It had been a decade since Dale Earnhardt Jr. went to Victory Lane at Talladega Superspeedway, but all that ailed the great state of Alabama and the rest of Junior Nation has been cured with his win Sunday in the GEICO 500. Walking around the infield, through the campground across from the speedway, or even …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Kurt Busch Win Was Inevitable… Is the Championship Next?

2015 Richmond I CUP Kurt Busch burnout credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Whether you like him, or not, there is no denying Kurt Busch has talent behind the wheel. His off-track battles, however, have set him back more than most – perhaps even he – can comprehend. Yes, he was suspended from the sport earlier this season – prematurely in my opinion – after having sat through …

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