Race Weekend Central

Kyle Larson is Happy Again at the Racetrack

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

2016 started off how the entire 2015 season went for Kyle Larson — bad. Through the first 10 races, he had just two top-10 finishes, including a third at Martinsville Speedway, a track that he claims he runs poorly at. However, at Kansas, the 11th race of the year, Larson was racing among the top five …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Kentucky Lineup (Quaker State 400)

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Kentucky Speedway Saturday, July 9th for the Quaker State 400. The speedway underwent an extensive face lift following the 2015 race last July, which includes a newly paved surface, steeper corners and added SAFER barrier. Kentucky Speedway was added to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule back in …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Plate Racing the Best Form of Racing?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

What makes for great racing? Is it close-quarters beatin’ and bangin’? A mix of strategy and engineering? How about fuel mileage? Is that too slow? Then how about pure, unadulterated speed? Short tracks, road courses, intermediates, plate races: is any one type of track more conducive to great racing? Based on television numbers, it would …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Predicting the Future

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

With a new aerodynamic package added to the mix in 2016, many things have remained the same. The same core of organizations are winning races, ultimately dominating the sport. Could there be a change in the near future? Familiar foes are near the Chase cutoff, and it’s something that those drivers and teams are accustomed to, …

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Kyle Larson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Fastest In Cup Practices At Sonoma

[Photo: Zach Catanzareti]

Friday saw the only two Sprint Cup Series practices of the Sonoma Raceway weekend, featuring Kyle Larson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as the fastest in the first and second respectively. Larson, whose hometown of Elk Grove, Calif., is roughly two hours away from Sonoma, is riding off a lot of momentum in the past month. …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Kyle Larson Smarter Now Than in Rookie Season

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Appropriately driving the No. 42 Target Chevrolet, Kyle Larson has been the target of conversation in the Sprint Cup Series since 2014. At that time, Larson was hot off his first and only full-time XFINITY Series season in 2013, before making the jump to the Cup ranks, where he replaced Juan Pablo Montoya, who moved to …

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Sprint Cup Crystal Ball: A Potential Path To 17 Winners?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The third year of Sprint Cup’s current “Win And You’re (Basically) In” Chase format appears on paper to be on pace with past seasons. There have been 10 different winners in the first 15 races, equal to the pace we saw last year and down nine percent from 2014. The breakdown of those victories is …

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Kyle Larson Penalized Again; 20 Others Cited by NASCAR

Wednesday was a huge day for NASCAR penalties and warnings. Kyle Larson, who finished third in last weekend’s FireKeepers Casino 400, was docked 15 points as part of a P3 penalty levied against the team for failing post-race inspection. Larson’s crew chief for the week, Phil Surgen, was fined $25,000 as part of the penalty. …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Post-Michigan Edition

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The racing weekend at Michigan and Texas gave fans plenty of variety. Youth showed us their talents, restarts were crazy, at least two of the finishes were well worth waiting for and then there was a special groundhog appearance. Just your normal racing weekend. HOT Sooner or later Joey Logano was going to win a …

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Cool Down: The Youth Movement Shines in Michigan and Texas

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

There was a time not long ago when the future stars of NASCAR couldn’t be found anywhere. As drivers like Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart slowly raced into the twilight of their careers, the drivers who would rise up and take over their spots atop the sport were nowhere to be seen. Just …

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