Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: It’s Been a Stewart Haas Racing Year So Far

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Who’s in the headline  The first six weeks of the season are in the books and the headlines have been predominantly filled with one organization: Stewart Haas Racing. If it weren’t for a crash one-third of a lap from the finish line of the Daytona 500, the organization would have won five of the first …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Makes Clint Bowyer’s Martinsville Win A Big Deal?

(Photo: Mike Neff)

It had been quite some time since we last saw Clint Bowyer in Victory Lane. But finally, after clicking his fireproof shoes together three times and saying, “there’s no place like home,” he indeed found his way “home” to the Winner’s Circle. Bowyer’s popular victory put an end to his 190-race winless streak. It means the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 STP 500

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Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Most of Monday’s top 10 finishers raced in that pack for most of the day.  Seven scored points in both of the first two stages.  And then there was Alex Bowman. Bowman, who started 16th, lurked in the top 15 for much of the day, and it generally looked …

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Alex Bowman Toughs Out Top 10 in Martinsville

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Alex Bowman returned to the top 10 in Monday’s STP 500 from Martinsville Speedway. And following a rather slow start to his first campaign with Hendrick Motorsports, the result felt even better. Bowman entered the Virginia short track with five straight top-20 finishes. Though consistent, a ride in Hendrick equipment breeds a certain amount of …

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Up to Speed: No Urgency Necessary for Alex Bowman & William Byron

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Remember last year’s Brickyard 400? The ending of the race was a hot mess. A multi-car crash brought out the yellow flag with 10 laps left in the scheduled distance, ending a long green flag run.  From then on, it seemed that even NASCAR’s best could not go more than one lap without triggering another …

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Axalta Extends Relationship With Hendrick Motorsports Through 2022

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Axalta has reached an agreement to remain a primary sponsor of Hendrick Motorsports cars through 2022. The leading global supplier of liquid and powder coating has been a sponsor of the organization with both the Axalta brand and the Dupont brand. Axalta will be featured as a primary sponsorship through 2022 on Chevrolet ZL1’s fielded …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Blowout Problem

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … NASCAR winners aren’t just squeaking into Victory Lane — they’re rolling over their competition. Three of five races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season have been won by 2.5 seconds or more. Martin Truex Jr. coasted to the win at Auto Club Speedway by nearly 12 seconds Sunday; only 10 …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Clubs the Competition at Auto Club

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline For the first time in 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, Martin Truex Jr. won a stage other than the final one. He started on the pole at Auto Club Speedway, won both stages and the race for a clean sweep of the weekend. Truex won by more than 11 …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Harvick This Year’s MTJ?

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett / NKP)

Kevin Harvick continued his dominance by spanking the field this past weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his second consecutive victory. And this weekend, the circuit heads to ISM Raceway, Harvick’s most successful track. Is it too early to say that Harvick is this year’s MTJ? Davey Segal: Folks, let’s look at the big …

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4 Burning Questions: What’s in Store this Weekend in the Desert?

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

What will the homecoming of Alex Bowman look like? If there was just one race anybody could point to as to why Alex Bowman got the nod to permanently replace Dale Earnhardt Jr., it would undoubtedly end up being the 2016 fall race at Phoenix. Bowman, at the time substituting for Earnhardt, drove the race …

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