Race Weekend Central

NASCAR Mailbox: Will Iowa Ever Have a Cup Race?

Field Enters Turn Three After Final Restart of Iowa 250 pres. by Enogen

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

This past weekend’s races at the Iowa Speedway were arguably two of the best we’ve seen across the board in NASCAR this season. There has been a buzz from so many drivers, fans and media wanting the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to have a date with the track starting in 2020. However, should the …

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The Underdog House: Amiss Again in Michigan

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small With an upcoming week off for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Sunday’s (June 10) long day in Michigan felt even longer once the rain started to hit. And the importance of this final race before break was shown on the racetrack during the FireKeepers Casino 400. Michigan is two miles long and …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Serving Up Plate Racing with Corey LaJoie

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review the different looking Monster Energy All-Star Race that involved plate racing with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti and Corey LaJoie, driver of the No. 72 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet. Kevin Harvick was triumphant again on Saturday night, taking home the $1 million prize. However, he had to hold off Daniel …

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The 10: Cup Series Power Rankings After the All-Star Race

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ran its All-Star race on Saturday. Kevin Harvick has been the most dominant driver this season and kept that momentum going into the All-Star race by winning three of the four stages, including the final one to earn the victory. The annual exhibition race gave drivers a chance to …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports 1 Pimps New NASCAR Package

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

All-Star Weekend is typically the time of year where NASCAR likes to throw things out there.  In the past, the Monster Energy All-Star Race saw the creation of segments, inversions, eliminations, and mandatory pit stops that required a pen and paper to determine who was going to line up where. 2018 brought even more shenanigans. …

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The Underdog House: AJ Allmendinger Shines in Charlotte Plate Racing

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small The annual NASCAR All-Star weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway presents a couple cool challenges for the underdog teams. First, the Monster Energy Open, then the Fan Vote. For the Open, it’s the best opportunity for underdog teams to win an event all season. Most of the top winners in the sport are already …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Monster Energy All-Star Race

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? While the All-Star Race is largely comprised of race winners whose talents fans are familiar with, the addition of drivers via the last-chance Open means that sometimes a driver fans don’t expect shares the spotlight. Saturday night was like that. It wasn’t a big surprise that Daniel Suarez …

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Alex Bowman, Daniel Suarez, A.J. Allmendinger, Chase Elliott Advance to All-Star Race

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Four drivers were added to the starting lineup for the Monster Energy All-Star Race following the Monster Energy Open on Saturday night (May 19). Alex Bowman, Daniel Suarez and A.J. Allmendinger all won stages in the Open to advance, while Chase Elliott won the fan vote. Aric Almirola started the race on the pole after …

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The Underdog House: Walking The Fine Line at Talladega

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Sunday was Round No. 10 of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. For the underdogs, despite having a couple breakthrough runs here and there, it was Round No. 2 of races in which they could contend for a win. Talladega Superspeedway showed a few different cars from the start of the …

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Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones Pace First Cup Practice at Bristol, Kevin Harvick Crashes

Ryan Blaney (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones both posted the fastest lap in the first and only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session Friday afternoon (Apr. 13) from Bristol Motor Speedway. They both turned an identical quick lap of 129.887 mph (14.774 seconds). Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson rounded out the top-five quickest speeds …

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