Race Weekend Central

The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams from Kentucky to New Hampshire

(Photo: Tony Lumbis Sr.)

So… what makes a small team? Yep, I addressed this last week, but again, we’ll give it one more time for those race fans who missed the last edition. I’m frequently asked how I categorize NASCAR’s teams, and I’m sure lots of people have a different definition, but I look at a couple of things …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams from Daytona to Kentucky

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

What makes a small team? I’m frequently asked how to categorize NASCAR’s teams. I look at a couple of things when I make the list each spring: budget and performance.  Small teams simply don’t have the budgets of the larger ones, even middle-tier organizations.  They may have alliances with bigger teams, but that doesn’t mean everything gets handed …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 FireKeepers Casino 400

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? If anyone thought that Tony Stewart was going to simply ride quietly into the sunset, he set them straight on Sunday, qualifying third and driving to his second top 10 of the year. Stewart’s struggles since his 2013 injury have been well-documented, but it’s hard to say that he doesn’t have a …

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Pace Laps: Blaney Heats Up, Tiny Truck Teams Totaled and Red Bull Rocked

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Sprint Cup: Ryan Blaney Grabs Strong Top 5 – Ryan Blaney led the charge for Sprint Cup Series rookies with a top-5 finish in Saturday’s Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. It was a feel-good story in an otherwise fall-asleep Saturday night at the 1.5-mile oval. Blaney’s fifth also made the record books. Wood Brothers Racing scored …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Underwhelming Info Hurts FOX in Talladega

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Talladega is looney tunes.  In its purest form, a race weekend at Talladega makes your stomach churn (or, it makes my stomach turn, at least).  In recent years, that really hasn’t been the case.  However, this past weekend brought it on big time, unlike any time since about 2005. GEICO 500 Sunday brought the Sprint …

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Chris Buescher Flips in Vicious Multi-Car Crash

Chris Buescher fell victim to a harrowing incident that saw him flip three times during Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Buescher, the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, was running back in the pack on Lap 96 when he fell victim to an incident in front of him. Running for position, Jamie McMurray slid up into …

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Revamped Front Row Motorsports On the Rise In NASCAR

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

It’s not yet 10 in the morning on Saturday, but the Sprint Cup Series has already been on track at Bristol Motor Speedway. Early morning practice has come and gone, leaving just one more session for teams to get things right for the Food City 500 the next day.  The early hour means that race …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Chris Buescher Eyes Results Over Hype in Rookie Cup Season

Though Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney have NASCAR nation on their shoulders as they fight for top-10 finishes on a weekly basis and their respective spots in the Sprint Cup Series Chase, there is one other 2016 rookie fighting for results every Sunday. Chris Buescher is just over four months removed from lifting NASCAR’s second-most …

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Off the Wall With: Chris Buescher

We’re back for season two of Off the Wall With… and we’ve got five brand-new questions for your favorite racing personalities!  This week: Sprint Cup rookie and XFINITY Series champ Chris Buescher. What was your first race car and what number was it? Chris Buescher: My first racecar was actually a dirt bike and the …

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

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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