NASCAR Race Weekend Central

The 10: Bristol Bump and Won

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

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Beatin’ and bangin’, hootin’ and hollerin’, bump and runnin’ and celebrating with the fans? Why, the past few weeks of short track NASCAR action have been classic. Dare I say it? One might even call it quintessential. The driver to fare better than anyone after it all was Carl Edwards. Cousin Carl took advantage of …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Can Anyone Stop Joe Gibbs Racing?

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

(Photo: Matthew T Hacker/NKP)

Did anyone else feel like they were watching a race from the late ’90s/early 2000s on Sunday? With great racing at Richmond – during the day, no less! – and a bump and run that harkened back to the short-track roots of most drivers on the circuit, Sunday’s Toyota Owner’s 400 had just about everything …

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Five Points to Ponder: Where There’s “Smoke,” There’s Fire

2016 Richmond I CUP Kyle Busch pack racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Smoke Rising: Wasn’t it good to see the lovable curmudgeon himself, Tony Stewart, back in action at Richmond International Raceway this past Sunday? The sport needs characters, not automaton sponsor-spouting shills and there can be no question Smoke fits squarely into the first category. In the end it was a relatively ho hum lead lap …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Talladega Edition

2016 Martinsville I CUP Ryan Blaney car Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson)

If you wonder if watching a NASCAR race is good for you, then were a lot of good reasons to like what happened in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Richmond: Long green flag runs: Check. Multiple yellows to bunch the field back up: Check. Seeing Smoke back out on the track: Check. An unexpected Earnhardt special on the …

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Up To Speed: Drivers Weigh In On Last Lap Edwards, Busch Incident

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

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

The length of races varies throughout the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. 400 laps, sometimes 500 miles. Heck, there are even some races measured in kilometers. Really, though, in those hundreds of laps run in any given race, the only one we really care about is the last one. Carl Edwards led 151 of 400 …

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More Short Tracks, Please

2016 Martinsville I CUP overhead view Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

These past few weeks at short tracks sure have been fun, haven’t they? It’s a shame we won’t see another one until August. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series put on another thrilling race – and finally another scheduled day race – at Richmond International Raceway with Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400. The 400-mile thriller was the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Toyota Owners 400

2016 Richmond I CUP Kurt Busch pack racing Matthew T Thacker NKP 1

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Some days just don’t go as planned.  It just seems like if you’re Kasey Kahne, that would be more or less every day. The No. 5 team and he have had more than their fair share of bad luck over the last couple of seasons, often having finishes …

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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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