NASCAR Race Weekend Central

2-Headed Monster: Heat Races … Are They Worth It?

2016 Richmond I NXS Erik Jones car Russell LaBounty NKP 1

(Photo: Russel LaBounty/NKP)

NASCAR is in the midst of a brand-new experiment this season: heat races in the XFINITY Series. NASCAR has used heat races before in the Camping World Truck Series at Eldora, using multiple races to set the starting lineup for the main event, but until 2016 the NXS ran full-length events, lap one to lap …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Receives P3 Penalty for Richmond Infraction

2016 Phoenix I CUP Ricky Stenhouse Jr Dale Earnhardt Jr Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Three teams had infractions during the Richmond race weekend, with one team receiving a P3 penalty. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing team was found to have an illegal steering system during opening inspection and the team was levied a P3 penalty on Wednesday. Stenhouse’s crew chief Nick Sandler was fined $20,000, placed …

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Friday Faceoff: Do Fans Belong in the Garage?

2016 Bristol I CUP Kytle Bsuch crash damage John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

A fan was injured after being struck by Kyle Busch’s car when Busch pulled into the garage with terminal damage at Bristol.  The fan placed the blame on Busch, but was it the driver’s fault?  And could the incident spell the end to some of the access fans have enjoyed? Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: This …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Fans Be Allowed Hot Passes?

2014 Daytona II NNS Kasey Kahne and fan CIA

(Credit: CIA)

It could’ve been worse. After Kyle Busch’s second tire failure of the day at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, he made his way behind the wall, clipping a race fan as he came to a stop. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Fl0g5gRF-k The fan, Erin Vandyke, was checked out at a local hospital and was okay, but the incident set …

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Carl Edwards Warned Following Bristol Victory

2016 Bristol Motor Speedway NSCS Carl Edwards checkered flag credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

For the third week in a row, the race-winning team in the Sprint Cup Series received a warning for an infraction that occurred during the weekend. Carl Edwards’ No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team was warned for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice. The warning was his third of the season and with one more the team will …

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Double Take: Practice Speed Doesn’t Guarantee Race Success

2016 Texas I CUP pack racing MAtthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

As Tom Bowles noticed last week, it’s much easier for drivers to overcome a poor qualifying effort this season. With the new low-downforce package making passing easier and drivers able to manipulate the air on cars in front, racers like Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick have been able to start mid-pack and come away with …

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Friday Face-off: Can Rowdy Catch Superman?

2016 Texas I CUP Jimmie Johnson Kyle Busch Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Kyle Busch scored the 36th win of his career Saturday night in Texas.  He’s currently 17th on the all-time wins list and third among active drivers (Jimmie Johnson ranks first with 77 and Tony Stewart is second with 48).  Will Busch eclipse Johnson’s total before he’s done? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: It’s a great question. Busch …

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2-Headed Monster: Has Brian Vickers Earned More Races This Season?

Brian Vickers Martinsville Cup 2016 Turn 3 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Brian Vickers is somewhat of an enigma. He won the 2003 XFINITY Series championship and was subsequently promoted to the No. 25 team of Hendrick Motorsports. He underperformed in the car, winning just a single race during his three years with HMS – a victory that came at the expense of his teammate Jimmie Johnson, …

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Kyle Busch Highlights Texas Warnings List

2016 Texas I CUP Kyle Busch broom Russell LaBounty NKP

For the second week in a row, the race-winning team in the Sprint Cup Series was warned for an issue found in inspection. Kyle Busch, whose No. 18 team won the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, was warned by NASCAR on Wednesday for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice. He was also warned following his …

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