NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Toyotas Fast In Opening New Hampshire 301 Practice

2016 Kentucky CUP Martin Truex Jr helmet Logan Whitton NKP

(Credit: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Toyota started the Sprint Cup weekend off with three of their cars posting the fastest three laps in the lone practice session at New Hampshire on Friday. Martin Truex, Jr. was the fastest at 28.517 seconds (133.562 mph). The hot lap came in the final couple of minutes in the practice session during a mock …

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Brad Keselowski Beats Carl Edwards for Fuel-Mileage Kentucky Victory

2016 Martinsville I CUP Brad Keselowski Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Who would’ve thought Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 from Kentucky Speedway would end on fuel mileage? The newly reconfigured speedway brought havoc on many drivers in the early stages of the race. However, it ended with Brad Keselowski coasting to the checkered flag ahead of Carl Edwards following a 68-lap green-flag run. The victory for Keselowski is …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Kentucky Lineup (Quaker State 400)

2016 Pocono I CUP Kyle Busch Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell Labounty/NKP)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Kentucky Speedway Saturday, July 9th for the Quaker State 400. The speedway underwent an extensive face lift following the 2015 race last July, which includes a newly paved surface, steeper corners and added SAFER barrier. Kentucky Speedway was added to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule back in …

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Carl Edwards Tops Abbreviated Third Kentucky Practice

2016 Daytona II CUP Carl Edwards Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Carl Edwards led the way in a shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice on a green Kentucky Speedway. Driving his No. 19 Toyota, Edwards laid down a 28.627-second circuit to top the session, which started late due to a second rainstorm that required NASCAR’s Air Titans to dry the track. Martin Truex, Jr. – Edwards’ pseudo teammate at …

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Carl Edwards Paces Lone Thursday Cup Practice

2016 Pocono I CUP CArl Edwards John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Carl Edwards has been among the most vocal in the NASCAR garage about encouraging downforce reductions, and after Thursday’s practice at Kentucky Speedway, he may have good reason for it, too. Edwards led the way in a Toyota-dominated opening Sprint Cup Series practice for Saturday’s Quaker State 400, with a quick time of 28.962 seconds on …

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

2016 Charlotte Motor Speedway NSCS All Star Race Brad Keselowski credit NASCAR via getty images

(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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Inside Tony Stewart’s Stunning Sonoma Victory

2106 Sonoma CUP Tony Stewart woohoo close John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Who’s in the headline – Friday, Tony Stewart said, “driving a Sprint Cup car does not make me happy right now.” Wonder how he feels after a trip to Victory Lane? Based on that winning look on his face my guess is “ecstatic” after a last-lap, last-turn re-pass of Denny Hamlin earned Smoke his first victory since Dover in June 2013. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Toyota Save Mart 350

2106 Sonoma CUP DEnny Hamlin nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who…gets my shoutout of the race? He may have been visibly disappointed when the checkered flag flew, but the fact is that Denny Hamlin had a great day at Sonoma Raceway.  Hamlin’s second-place run was his best-ever result at the track and the first time since 2009 that he’s finished better than 18th there.  Hamlin …

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Double Take: No Video Game Cover Jinx for NASCAR Stars

2016 Dover I CUP Carl Edwards Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Garrison Hearst. Dorsey Levens. Daunte Culpepper. Michael Vick. Troy Polamalu. No, these aren’t obscure drivers from NASCAR’s past. They’re all football players, one-time superstars of the NFL who were chosen at one point to be the cover athlete of EA Sports’ Madden video game franchise. And they all saw their careers go south following the honor. …

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