NASCAR Race Weekend Central

The Underdog House: NASCAR About to Get Silly?

2017 Kansas I CUP Michael McDowell car Barry Cantrell NKP

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Think Small Track surfaces aren’t the inly thing heating up as summertime hits full swing.  NASCAR’s Silly Season is coming, and while so far, it’s been confined to rumblings and rumors, there’s potential for things to blow up.  While most of the speculation concerns the bigger teams in the sport, including who will fill the …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Vicious Cycle

2017 Dover I CUP AJ Allmendinger pack racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Think Small It’s hard for small teams to get noticed.  This is something that’s been discussed over and over  and continues to create a vicious cycle for these teams: Lack of money leads to lack of performance, and lack of performance makes sponsors shy away, leading to a lack of money…you see the problem here? …

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BK Racing Announces Crew Chief Changes Effective Immediately

2017 Dover I CUP Gray Gaulding Ryan Sieg racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

BK Racing is continuing to make crew chief changes to improve the performance of its two teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. On Wednesday, the team made the news official that there will be more changes starting at Michigan International Speedway. Randy Cox will shift over from the No. 83 to the No. 23 …

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Entry List: Pocono 400

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series continues their East coast stint with a trip to Pocono Raceway this upcoming weekend for the Pocono 400 (Sunday on Fox Sports 1). 39 cars are on the preliminary entry list for the 400-mile event at the Tricky Triangle, meaning the field will not be at full capacity. After a weekend off …

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Did You Notice?: A Look Into Aric Almirola Sub Possibilities

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Did You Notice? … Two big-name drivers have already turned down the No. 43 ride to replace an injured Aric Almirola? Carl Edwards, once highly coveted by Richard Petty Motorsports many years ago has said no, he can’t go back and run the car through Sonoma on June 25. It’s not the first time Edwards has said …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Impress at Talladega

2017 Talladega I CUP Cole Whitt car John K Harrrelson NKP

(Photo: John K. Harrelson/NKP)

Think Small This past weekend’s action at Talladega illustrated again what can happen when the racing is more in the hands of the drivers. There were several different names at the top eager to display their talent.  Aric Almirola nearly pulled off the weekend double, and David Ragan overcame crash damage to finish in the …

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The Underdog House: Changes in the NASCAR Ranks

2017 Richmond I CUP Michael McDowell pack racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Think Small The 2017 season is at the quarter mark after nine races, and some trends are taking shape.  Wood Brothers Racing has established itself at the top of the class, which was to be expected after the team increased its alliance with Team Penske this year. Even within the group, the haves and have …

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The Underdog House: The Great Equalizer

2017 Bristol I CUP Jeffrey Earnhardt car Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Think Small Short tracks are popular with race fans because there is almost always some action somewhere in the field.  Cars are close together, tempers flare and drivers are aggressive.  Another reason to enjoy this type of racing is that short tracks (Bristol and Martinsville more so than Richmond) usually level out the playing field …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Rookie Is Top of the Class?

2017 Phoenix I CUP Erik Jones Jimmie Johnson racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

In the days leading up to Matt Kenseth’s announcement of a six-race sponsorship deal with Circle K Wednesday, some speculated that the announcement would concern the driver’s imminent retirement. He may not be stepping aside any time soon, but realistically, how much time does Kenseth have? Matteo Marcheschi: Matt Kenseth doesn’t have long. While he has earned …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Makes Texas Look Good … Early On

2017 Texas I CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tackled the revamped Texas Motor Speedway.  The race itself turned out to be a little better than everyone thought it would be. Prior to the race starting, Jamie Little conducted a one-on-one interview in the coach lot with Jimmie Johnson. …

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