NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Erik Jones Highlights Phoenix Penalty Report

2016 Phoenix I NXS Erik Jones car Matthew T Thacker NKP

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NASCAR penalized one team and warned four others on Wednesday for infractions occurring during the Phoenix race weekend. Erik Jones’ No. 20 XFINITY Series team was levied a P2 penalty for failing post-race inspection. His car was found to be out of alignment in the rear end. Jones’ crew chief Chris Gabehart was fined $5,000 …

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Entry List: 300

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Forty-three cars are entered for this weekend’s XFINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway, including the three previous race winners of Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch. Those three highlight the list of six Sprint Cup drivers entered in the 300. Austin Dillon will drive the No. 2 for Richard Childress Racing, Busch …

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Friday Faceoff: Will Matt Kenseth Turn it Around?

2016 Las Vegas CUP Matt Kenseth Nigel Kinrade NKP

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Matt Kenseth, who entered the season as a title favorite, has yet to score a top-10 finish through three races.  Is it time for the No. 20 team to hit the panic button, or is the slow start just a bump in the road? Dustin Albino, Contributor: Matt Kenseth has had an opportunity to win …

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Two-Headed Monster: Will Kevin Harvick Win Again at Phoenix?

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When you think of Daytona, you think Dale Earnhardt. Dover? Jimmie Johnson. Phoenix? Kevin Harvick. The driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet has been so good at Phoenix in recent years that one might think that the small entry list this weekend stemmed from his dominance. And while that isn’t actually the case, …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Receives Another Warning from NASCAR

2016 Las Vegas CUP Martin Truex Jr Cole Pearn Nigel Kinrade NKP

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Third time’s the charm didn’t hold true for Martin Truex, Jr. and Furniture Row Racing. NASCAR penalized three teams and suspended one crew member on Wednesday for infractions that occurred during last weekend’s Sprint Cup and XFINITY events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The No. 19 and 78 teams of Carl Edwards and Truex were …

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Five Points to Ponder: Rain and Wind and Dust, Oh My!

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Team Penske Open West Coast Swing with a Bang Last season, the West Coast stretch of Las Vegas, Phoenix and Auto Club belonged to Stewart-Haas Racing. Kevin Harvick won both Vegas and Phoenix, and Kurt Busch looked like he’d take the win at Auto Club until a late-race caution bunched the field up and allowed …

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Friday Faceoff: How Far Can Jimmie Johnson Go?

2016 Atlanta CUP pack racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

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Jimmie Johnson’s win tied him with Dale Earnhardt for seventh all-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. How high will Johnson rise on the list before he retires? Can he catch mentor Jeff Gordon, who sits third with 93 wins?  Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I think Jimmie Johnson’ll slot in just behind Jeff Gordon.  He …

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Two-Headed Monster: Who is the Greater Driver, Jimmie Johnson or Dale Earnhardt?

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(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

And just like that … BOOM, confetti! It wasn’t expected, yet it wasn’t surprising to see Jimmie Johnson in Victory Lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday. Six-Time was the closer that day, beating original namesake Kevin Harvick by using pit strategy to take the lead late and surviving a last-lap dash to the victory. …

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