Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Sets Benchmarks with 3rd Straight Win & Penske 500th

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Momentum is a beautiful thing when you’re running for a championship, and Brad Keselowski is riding a huge wave of it after winning his third consecutive race and locking himself into the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Keselowski won the second stage and the race in a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: The Magic Mile Puts on a Show as Kevin Harvick Scores 6th Win

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Momma, there is that man again. For the sixth time this season, Kevin Harvick made the right moves down the stretch to garner him the track position that he needed. He capitalized on that good fortune to make a late race bump and run to move from deep in the field …

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2-Headed Monster: Will Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s XFINITY Conflict of Interest Be a Problem?

Justin Allgaier (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. recently traded his steering wheel for a microphone.  The retired two-time Daytona 500 champion joined NBC’s broadcast team for coverage of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series races. Any time a former driver steps into the booth, they will have prior relationships with some of the current competitors — …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC, Earnhardt Do Well With Daytona Coverage

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Daytona International Speedway is always intriguing, no matter what happens; it’s a crown jewel for TV broadcasters.  Typically, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 starts the NBC portion of their second-half coverage.  However, due to schedule changes, it is now the second NBC race and the first on broadcast television. The biggest story Saturday night was …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr. Comes to Play in Joliet

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moved over to NBC Sports this past weekend for the rest of the 2018 season.  With that move comes some changes in production coverage, philosophy and talent. But the tweak everyone cares about, more than any other this decade is the addition of Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the booth …

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4 Burning Questions: How Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. Do in the TV Booth?

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

How will NASCAR On NBC’s newest broadcaster do? On Sunday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will follow in the footsteps of other great NASCAR drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett and turn to calling the racing action on television. Earnhardt will be the first of his name to transition to a career in …

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Did You Notice?: 10 NASCAR Winners in 10 Races? It’s Possible

(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

Did You Notice? … The fab foursome of Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer were at it again? Sonoma saw them 1-2-3-4 for most of the race; they would have finished that way if not for late-race pit stops designed to try and win. In the end, they’ve won 14 of 16 …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Dale Jr. Cavalry Comes to NBC

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

After the generalized exhaustion of my last two weeks (five days at racetracks, two Saturdays of commutes from one track to another, etc.) we’re going to do something a little different in this space.  Don’t worry; we’ll still critique Sunday’s Pocono 400 later this week.  But the fact I was at the race covering it, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Slathers Competition in Kansas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick continues to confirm the belief that Ford is the manufacturer to beat in 2018 in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For the fifth time in 12 races, Harvick was in Victory Lane. He started the year with three wins in a row after the Daytona 500 and has now …

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Did You Notice?: A Second Look At NASCAR Silly Season 10 Races In

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … Sometimes, NASCAR Silly Season moves turn into mistakes? 10 races in, let’s take a look at some of the biggest driver decisions entering 2018 and see how they’re turning out. For now, we’ll give Darrell Wallace Jr. and William Byron a break; rookies typically need a little more seat time before …

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