Race Weekend Central

Alex Bowman Wins 1st Cup Pole at Phoenix

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After announcing Friday morning that he didn’t know what 2017 had in store, Alex Bowman posted the top speed in qualifying (140.521 mph) at Phoenix International Raceway to win his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole. Bowman was among the top seven in all  three rounds of qualifying. His previous career-best start came last month …

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Entry List: AAA Texas 500 Puts Alex Bowman Back In No. 88

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competes at Texas Motor Speedway for the second time this season Sunday, running their second race in the Chase Round of 8. Just two races remain before that field gets cut to the Championship 4 that will compete in a winner-take-all race for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 41 drivers …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: NASCAR’s Kansas Clutch Edition

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When you think about how a clutch works for a vehicle, when a driver pushes it down, while at the same time shifting gears and accelerating, most of the time it means it’s go time. That’s the case at this point in the season for the Sprint Cup Series. It’s go time and the teams …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Chris Buescher Impresses In Broadcast Debut

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Last weekend, we had three interesting races at Kansas Speedway.  They were different races, but each had their charms.  We also had three approaches to these races. Before we get going, FOX Sports announced a new online offering last Thursday.  Danielle Trotta and Kaitlyn Vincie will host a new digital show, Off Track, that will …

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4 Burning Questions: Is Kansas a Question-Mark Track in Its Own Right?

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Kansas: Getting in Good Position for Talladega or a Question Mark in Its Own Right? As shown last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, just about any race in each round of the Chase can become the survivor race. Knowing that, will this weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway simply be a platform …

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Entry List: Alex Bowman Continues to Fill In for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Hollywood Casino 400

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Kansas Speedway for the second time this season as the Round of 12 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup continues. As of Tuesday, there are 40 cars entered, meaning all will make the field, barring any entry list updates. Joey Gase will pilot the No. 32 for …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Messy Weather, Messy NBC NASCAR Coverage

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Last weekend was a mess for NBC Sports and NASCAR in general.  Both races scheduled for last weekend were postponed due to rains from Hurricane Matthew.  Friday was a complete washout with heavy rains, while Saturday saw the race called early enough that some were openly wondering why.  However, drizzle continued well into the night …

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Alex Bowman: ‘I’m Not Going to Let the Pressure Kill Me’

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Just a few months ago, Alex Bowman would’ve slapped himself silly if he said he was going to be “a little frustrated” by qualifying second in a Sprint Cup Series race for Hendrick Motorsports. However, both on the track and off, the racer in ‘Bowman the Showman’ came out during Thursday night’s qualifying session at …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Tony Stewart’s Chase End in Dover?

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Will Tony Stewart’s Chase End in Dover? Tony Stewart has been a tough driver to put an expectation sticker on in regards to this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. He’s like that piece of laundry you don’t know whether is a dark or a light. Where do you put it? Sitting 11 points below …

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