Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 Kobalt 400

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Ryan Blaney was a constant threat all race long, running in the top 10. The North Carolina native ended the day seventh, recording his second top-10 finish of the season. He currently sits sixth in the point standings, a sophomore jump after finishing 20th in points last season …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Atlanta

(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

Following a wild opening weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moved to Atlanta Motor Speedway for round two. Daytona seemed to create more questions than it answered and many in the sport looked to Sunday’s race to restore order. The Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 did feature many of the usual favorites up front, …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Intermediate Track Blues

Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP

Think Small It can be said that the real NASCAR season starts at Atlanta. The Intermediate track season kicked off last weekend and the results were fairly predictable of the small teams this week.  In general at a 1.5 to 2-mile track, these teams struggle to keep up.  You might see a couple of teams …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: NASCAR Wreck It Ralph (and Almost Everybody Else) Edition

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

The season-opening Daytona 500 gave NASCAR fans a little bit everything. There was that last-lap pass for the lead, which is beginning to become a trademark for the Great American Race. There were plenty of battles for the lead and for positions throughout and a lot less riding around waiting for the end of the …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Thriving and Surviving in Daytona

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Well, Daytona is in the rearview mirror. Depending on who you ask, that’s either a real bummer or can’t come too soon, depending on how the race went. The thing about plate tracks is that they’re such an opportunity for teams to compete—if they’re lucky and avoid trouble.  They can also become exercises …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2017 Daytona 500

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Who’s in the headline – Kurt Busch guided a badly damaged race car to the finish line first, ending an 0-for-15 drought in the sport’s Great American Race. He was the third of three leaders in the final three laps, taking control when others around him ran out of gas. In a Daytona 500 that was …

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Ryan Blaney Comes Up Just Short in Daytona 500 Quest

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

When the small pack of remaining cars crossed the start/finish line for the white-flag lap, it looked like Ryan Blaney had no chance of winning the 59th annual Daytona 500. But that’s when this sophomore flashed the potential so many insiders have seen in him. With a push from Team Penske affiliate Joey Logano, he pushed himself right …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR: Daytona 500 Preview

The official start to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season (and daily fantasy NASCAR) is finally upon us. The Advance Auto Parts Clash and two Can-Am Duels were full of nail-biting action, a great preview of what’s to come during Sunday’s Daytona 500. When it comes to daily fantasy NASCAR on DraftKings, the strategy …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot Starts: Daytona 500

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season officially kicks off Sunday evening (Feb. 26) for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500 also marks the beginning of the full field NASCAR Daily Fantasy Sports season, and Frontstretch will be your go-to source when building your 2017 DraftKings lineups. Here are two hot-start …

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Denny Hamlin Brushes Past Dale Earnhardt Jr. Block, Wins Second Daytona Duel

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

For a majority of the first 59 laps, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was in control atop the field at Daytona International Speedway. Blocking all comers, it looked like his first race back from a concussion would wind up with another Can-Am Duel trophy. But it’s too bad for him that Denny Hamlin had other plans. Hamlin, using a push by …

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