Race Weekend Central

Kyle Larson Takes Rain-Shortened XFINITY Win in Pocono

[Photo: Zach Catanzareti]

Kyle Larson was in the best seat possible once the rain returned during Saturday’s Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway. Leading the race at the time of the red flag, it was Larson who grabbed his fourth career XFINITY Series win and first of 2016 after Mother Nature drew a permanent halt to the proceedings …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Pocono Lineup (Axalta 400)

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Pocono Raceway on June 5 for the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400. Daily NASCAR Fantasy lineups and teams will now need to overcome the difficulties of the sport’s “Tricky Triangle” in order to cash in. The three-turn, 2.5-mile track is unique in its shape and place on the circuit. …

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Joe Gibbs Racing Sweeps XFINITY Series Practice Sessions at Pocono

(Photo: Russell LaBounty NKP)

For the first time in XFINITY Series history, race cars logged laps on Pocono Raceway. Joe Gibbs Racing led the way, topping the charts in both practice sessions on Thursday. Practice One:  Defending Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch led the opening practice at 170.171 mph, over a tenth of a second faster than his closest competition, …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono Edition

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

The best day in auto racing gave us two differently distinct types of races, but the final results brought about similar feelings. There was awe in how a rookie could save so much fuel, snookering several top-notch IndyCar teams and competitors down the stretch. The awe we felt with Martin Truex, Jr. reaching Victory Lane was connected to dominance; …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Need a Good Night In The Coca-Cola 600

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Roush Fenway Racing (Plus 1) RFR has left little doubt they’re turning things around in 2016; why not continue that in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600?  Once one of NASCAR’s biggest power players, RFR has fallen from grace in recent years and the last couple of seasons have been defined by struggle.  It makes this team’s turnaround …

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Friday Faceoff: What Should NASCAR Change About the All-Star Race?

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The All-Star Race was met with mixed reactions. Should NASCAR try the same format next season or opt for one that’s easier to understand? Dustin Albino, Contributor: The concept was good, but the execution was awful. If it weren’t for Jamie McMurray cutting his tire causing a caution, I don’t think we would be having …

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XFINITY Series Regulars Sweep Practice Sessions at Charlotte

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

An XFINITY Series regular paced each practice session Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300. It was a welcome boost for a division that has dealt with its share of Cup interlopers this season. In practice one, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas took center stage. Erik Jones, a two-time winner this season and the …

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Happiness Is…The Best Day in Racing

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Yesterday, fumata bianca wafted from the NASCAR headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida, indicating that this year’s Hall of Fame class had been selected.  With six persons, en totem, assuming their spots in the hallowed halls, there was little in the way of suspense.  Rick Hendrick.  Richard Childress.  Mark Martin.  Raymond Parks.  Benny Parsons.  H. Clay …

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2-Headed Monster: Which Rookie Class Is Better: Blaney/Elliott or Dillon/Larson?

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Look, not every year will fans see a rookie battle as good as the one Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman put on in 2002. That season, they were little-known racers taking over big-time rides, with only two Busch Series wins between them. Johnson, at that point, was best known for hitting the turn one wall …

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It’s A Marathon, Not A Sprint: Big Names Winless In NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600

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Charlotte, NASCAR’s home base hasn’t been a racetrack where everything’s coming up roses for this sport. Its premier event, the Coca-Cola 600 has gone from a peak of 10.2 million TV viewers in 2005 to just 6.4 million last year, a decline of 37 percent over the past decade. It’s a track that’s been hurt by “levigation,” higher …

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