NASCAR Race Weekend Central

The Underdog House: Erik Jones Best In Class… But Darlington Streak Ends

#43: Erik Jones, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro STP and #20: Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Rheem racing at 2021 spring Darlington Cup, Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog: Erik Jones If you tuned into Sunday’s (May 9) Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway with no information on NASCAR Throwback weekend, you may have wondered why there were schemes largely from the 20th century on track. One of those cars would be the easily distinguishable STP colors adorning the No. 43. However, it …

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Ryan Ellis Returns To BJ McLeod Motorsports at Iowa, Road America

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Ryan Ellis will return to the NASCAR Xfinity series for two events this season. The 29-year old will strap behind the wheel of the No. 99 car for BJ McLeod Motorsports at Iowa Speedway (June 16) and Road America (Aug. 24), Ellis announced Monday (April 8). A veteran of 48 career NXS starts, Ellis currently …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Steals Victory From the Jaws of Defeat at Phoenix

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(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – In the final elimination race of the season, Joey Logano looked like he was about to slip out of contention for a transfer position. Fortunately for him, a caution flag flew, which bunched the field up and afforded him a final shot to reclaim a spot in the final four. …

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Entry List: AAA Texas 500 Puts Alex Bowman Back In No. 88

2016 Chicago CUP Kyle Larson Alex Bowman racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competes at Texas Motor Speedway for the second time this season Sunday, running their second race in the Chase Round of 8. Just two races remain before that field gets cut to the Championship 4 that will compete in a winner-take-all race for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 41 drivers …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams From Indy to Pocono

2016 Indianapolis CUP Patrick Carpentier car Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Indianapolis represented a mixed bag for the small teams this week, with finishes ranging from 14th for rookie Chris Buescher to 40th for Matt DiBenedetto, thanks to an untimely engine expiration.  Indy is a tough track for teams that are a step or two behind the elite teams in both handling and horsepower, and next …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Cars That Fail Inspection Keep the Win?

2016 Loudon I CUP Matt Kenseth pack racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Did you hear? The race-winning car of Matt Kenseth failed post-race inspection following New Hampshire on Sunday. Kenseth’s car was found to have failed laser inspection, and the team was docked 15 points and crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $25,000. The No. 20 car wasn’t the first winning machine to fail inspection this season; …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams from Loudon to Indy

2016 Loudon I CUP Michael Annett Reed Sorenson racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

NASCAR has a few tracks that are fairly unique in layout.  Among those are both new Hampshire Motor Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway-a flat one-mile oval with long straights and tight turns – think big Martinsville – and a huge, flat, rectangular behemoth with four separate corners and four straights to match.  These tracks are …

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2016 Frontstretch Podcast – Special Edition: An Interview with NASCAR Driver Ryan Ellis

2014 Richmond II NNS Ryan Ellis CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2014)

Welcome to the Fronstretch Podcast! Racing expert Matt Stallknecht and his rotating panel of guests have you covered from now until the end of the season with all of the main storylines from the motorsports week that was. On this week’s podcast, Stallknecht sits down one on one with NASCAR driver Ryan Ellis to get the young racer’s take on a …

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Kasey Kahne, Others Penalized After Dover

2016 Dover I CUP Kasey Kahne racing Nigel Kinrade nKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Wednesday was a busy day for NASCAR penalties. The biggest penalty was levied to the No. 5 team of Kasey Kahne, who received a P3 penalty for illegal truck arms found following the race weekend at Dover. Crew chief Keith Rodden was fined $25,000 and the team lost both 15 drivers and owners points. Kahne …

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