NASCAR Race Weekend Central

NASCAR 101: The Iron Men of the (Recent) Coca-Cola 600s

2016 Phoenix I CUP Kevin HArvick Carl Edwards racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

With a Formula 1 race in Monaco and IndyCar’s biggest event of the year in the Indianapolis 500 taking place this weekend, you know NASCAR has to do things a little bit bigger in order to vie for the attention of motorsports fans across the country. Luckily, NASCAR is able to achieve just that each …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dover Throws a Curve

2016 Dover I CUP Kasey Kahne racing Nigel Kinrade nKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Greetings, race fans. This past weekend at Dover was a bit more like the Dover of elementary school for me than the Dover we’ve been used to.  I believe Sunday’s race was the third slowest 400-mile race at the one-mile oval.  The other two either had more cautions (Fall 2007) or just plain got ridiculous …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: A Monstrous Matt Kenseth Comeback

2016 Dover I CUP Matt Kenseth Jason Ratcliff trophy Matthew T Thacker NKP

Who’s in the headline – The 2016 season has been anything but stellar for Matt Kenseth. After a near miss at Daytona he’s only managed one top 5 finish before Sunday, and that as a fourth last weekend at Kansas. Sunday Kenseth was in the mix but didn’t look like he’d be in contention for …

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Matt Kenseth Holds off Kyle Larson for Dover Victory

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Photo: Zach Catanzareti

Miles the Monster should get into show business. Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive For Autism at Dover International Speedway was thrilling to the last lap. Matt Kenseth, in nail-biting fashion, battled and rose victory after racing the youngsters of Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott in the closing laps. The older dog of Kenseth still had one …

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JGR Sweeps Top 3 in Dover Sprint Cup Practice No. 2

2016 Richmond I CUP Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin racing Matthew T Thacker NKP 1

(Photo: Matthew T Hacker/NKP)

Just after 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning Sprint Cup teams took to Dover International Speedway for 50 minutes of practice on the high-banked oval.  The fastest laps of the session were determined in the first couple of minutes, when the track was its coolest and had the most shade. Kyle Busch turned in a lap at …

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The 10: NASCAR Power Rankings Pre-Monster Mile

2016 Kansas I CUP Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick racing Russell Labounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

 Saturday was an interesting night at Kansas Speedway. Martin Truex, Jr. dominated nearly the entire race just to fall victim to circumstances outside of his control once again. Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski threw their races away going for broke in the late stages. Ryan Blaney drove the kind of consistent, impressive race that the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Drops Malachi Crunch on the Talladega Demo Derby for Second Win of the Season

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(Photo: John Harrleson / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – Brad Keselowski won his first Cup race at Talladega in 2009. While he isn’t mentioned in the same breaths with Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt or Tony Stewart when plate racing prowess is discussed, the bottom line is he won his fourth plate race at Talladega on Sunday. Even though the …

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NASCAR Brings Perfect Talladega Storm Without A Drop of Rain

2016 Talladega I CUP multicar crash John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Dark clouds covered the Talladega Superspeedway on a hot, humid Sunday, casting an ominous haze over the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field. Moisture threatened to cover the field throughout the day, but the only particles to fly across the 2.66-mile oval were the myriad of debris sent flying from the many crashed cars. As it turned out, …

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Carl Edwards Crashes, Collects Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Talladega

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

Looking for his third victory in a row, Carl Edwards was involved in one of many nasty crashes during Sunday’s Geico 500. Edwards was running on the inside line through Turn 1 of the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway when a flat tire sent his No. 19 ARRIS Toyota rocketing up the track. Unable to control his machine, …

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Friday Faceoff: Is the Bump-and-Run Acceptable?

2016 Richmond International Raceway NSCS Carl Edwards checkered flag credit NASCAR via Getty Images 2

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

The spring short track season ended with a bump-and-run move at Richmond International Raceway when Carl Edwards moved teammate Kyle Busch out of his way en route to the win.  Is the bump and run for the win a legit move, or does it sink into the waters of dirty driving? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: …

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