NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Waiting For The Big One Edition

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(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

When it comes to restrictor place races at Talladega and Daytona, the big question is, when will the big one happen? As in, when will we see a big crash with at least seven or eight cars involved. If you were waiting on that to happen during Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega, then you …

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Pace Laps: RPM’s Banner Day and Minor League Playoff Battles

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Sprint Cup: Banner day for Richard Petty Motorsports in Talladega – Talladega Superspeedway has always been open for opportunity for even the smallest of teams in the Sprint Cup Series. With the weekend starting off with an eyebrow-raising qualifying effort by Premium Motorsports driver Reed Sorenson, it ended with a double-top-10 day for Richard Petty …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Hellmann’s 500

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? During most race broadcasts, you don’t hear much about about half the field, and during the Chase? Forget it.  Unless a driver is in the Chase or spoiling the Chase for a driver in the playoffs, you’ll be hard pressed to see hide or hair of them. That was …

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Joey Logano Wins Elimination Race in Talladega

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

For the second straight time in the Chase race at Talladega Superspeedway, Joey Logano grabbed the win after holding off rookie Brian Scott in the final laps. Earning his second win of 2016, Logano advances to the Round of 8 after entering the Alabama track in a tie for the final advance spot. Brian Scott, …

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Tech Talk: Chris Heroy Talks Fuel Mileage, Pit Stalls & Getting Better

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4-6 March 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada USA Brian Scott and Chris Heroy © 2016, Nigel Kinrade NKP

Richard Petty Motorsports has made some recent changes in its organization. While the No. 43 team was changed on top of the pit box, the No. 44 stayed the same. As a result they’re making a change in its lineup and having Chris Heroy pick up where Trent Owens left off. There have been a …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Richard Petty Motorsports’ Big Change

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

The famed No. 43 car is running near the middle of the pack in 2016, averaging a finish of 23.5. Aric Almirola is no longer competing for top 15s on a weekly basis. Instead, his Richard Petty Motorsports group is fortunate to end a race on the lead lap. Along with Almirola, teammate Brian Scott …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR TV Creates Dale Jr. Sub Narrative

Sometimes, you have to sit back and think about things.  Today’s critique marks the 600th combined TV critique for Frontstretch between Couch Potato Tuesday (and its former title, Talking NASCAR TV) and The Critic’s Annex.  Where does the time go?  Crikey. New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosted a Joe Gibbs Racing benefit last week.  It says …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Kentucky Edition

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

The restrictor plate race at Daytona brought us the usual action. That mainly included a big wreck involving something like 206 cars (well actually 22, but you get the point), and the always tense finish with of course, a car sliding over the finish line, because you know that happens all the time. HOT The …

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Brian Scott Fastest in Friday Cup Practice At Daytona

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[Photo: Zach Catanzareti]

With both of Thursday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sessions all but rained out (only eight cars made it on track during the first practice before it was delayed), Friday morning’s practice became the only practice session this weekend at Daytona International Speedway for the Cup cars. Brian Scott ended up turning the fastest lap of …

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10 Teams Warned After Talladega

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(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

10 teams between the Sprint Cup and XFINITY series were warned for failing pre-race inspection multiple times during the Talladega race weekend, including the No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson. Johnson’s team failed template inspection three times and in addition to his warning he will lose 15 minutes of practice time this weekend at Kansas Speedway. …

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