NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Will Matt Kenseth Turn it Around?

2016 Las Vegas CUP Matt Kenseth Nigel Kinrade NKP

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Matt Kenseth, who entered the season as a title favorite, has yet to score a top-10 finish through three races.  Is it time for the No. 20 team to hit the panic button, or is the slow start just a bump in the road? Dustin Albino, Contributor: Matt Kenseth has had an opportunity to win …

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The 10: Power Rankings Leaders Find Luck, Dust in Vegas

2016 Las Vegas CUP Kurt Busch pack racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Typically, the phrase “eat my dust” is a joke when it comes to racing. However, on a wild Sunday in Las Vegas, the phrase was all too real. After 400 miles of rainy, dusty, windy madness at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski and the Blue Deuce rolled back in to Victory Lane for the first …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Could Short Fields Hurt NASCAR?

2016 Las Vegas CUP Ryan Blaney pack racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

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The start of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has been a roller coaster ride. Some teams have struggled, while others have sky-rocketed to the front of the field. However, the charter system that NASCAR and its team owners implemented prior to the season has shaken things up quite a bit. Originally, the starting …

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Five Points to Ponder: Rain and Wind and Dust, Oh My!

2016 Las Vegas CUP Brad Keseloski Joey Logano packe Racing MAtthew T Thacker NKP

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Team Penske Open West Coast Swing with a Bang Last season, the West Coast stretch of Las Vegas, Phoenix and Auto Club belonged to Stewart-Haas Racing. Kevin Harvick won both Vegas and Phoenix, and Kurt Busch looked like he’d take the win at Auto Club until a late-race caution bunched the field up and allowed …

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

2016 Las Vegas CUP Austin Dillon car John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

NASCAR blew through Las Vegas this past weekend, and we mean that in a literal just as much as a figurative sense. If you correctly predicted that Brad Keselowski was going to be the winner, you might have said the answer was blowin’ in the wind. Before and during the race, with flag poles bending …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Brad Keselowski Cashes in With Late-Race Pass to Win at Las Vegas

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Who’s in the headline – It had been 33 races since Brad Keselowski visited Victory Lane. Keselowski took the checkered flag first in Fontana last year in the fifth race of the season. On Sunday, he led the race three times but only led a total of 24 laps. The win put a third different manufacturer in …

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Pace Laps: Rookies Impress at Las Vegas, Daniel Suarez’s Hot Start and Trans-Am Getting into Gear

2016 Las Vegas CUP Ryan Blaney pack racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

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Sprint Cup Series: NASCAR’s Top Rookies Continue Promising 2016 Start – If Atlanta was the coming out party for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie class, then Las Vegas showed their staying power. Both Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott looked like legitimate contenders throughout a wild Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Elliott rose …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2016 Kobalt 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? One race does not a championship threat make, and it’s a long way from Las Vegas to the Chase, but Austin Dillon looked strong on Sunday.  Dillon was strong in qualifying, starting fifth and finishing there as well.  There were moments that Dillon showed lingering immaturity, berating his …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things to Keep an Eye on in 2016

2016 Atlanta CUP pack racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

1. This new package It’s still too early in the season to say for sure what the racing will look like when everyone figures out the low-downforce package.  Drastic changes generally do produce a period of enhanced competition because some teams figure things out faster and get in the mix while others lag. But the …

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Kurt Busch on Pole in Atlanta, Kyle Busch Time Disallowed

2016 Daytona Unlimited CUP Kurt Busch car John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

UPDATE: Kyle Busch’s qualifying time was disallowed after he failed post-qualifying inspection for an issue with the rear end of the car, rewarding Kurt Busch the pole and moving everyone forward one position. The defending champion will start 40th on Sunday; no further penalties are expected. Kyle Busch captured his first career pole at the Atlanta …

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