Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 South Point 400

Should high temps change start times? (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Brad Keselowski won his third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win in as many weeks after holding off his Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney late to take the 2018 South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was his 27th career MENCS victory and …

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Ryan Newman to Leave RCR at End of 2018

16-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran Ryan Newman will not return to Richard Childress Racing and the No. 31 Chevrolet next season after five years with the team. The 40-year-old South Bend, Ind. native took to Twitter to announce the news following final practice, where he was quickest. pic.twitter.com/nfzVyIXGc5 — Ryan Newman (@RyanJNewman) September …

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Ryan Newman, Erik Jones Quickest in Cup Practices at Las Vegas

Erik Jones (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Ryan Newman and Erik Jones found themselves on the top of the leaderboard when each 50-minute Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session for the inaugural South Point 400 concluded from Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Newman turned the quickest circuit in the first session thanks to his 183.892 mph lap (29.365 seconds) followed …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Goes Where in 2019?

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Just how much bigger will silly season be this year? Silly season continued in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, with three drivers confirmed to be leaving their current rides in the past week and a fourth possibly contemplating doing so as well. Matt DiBenedetto announced last weekend that he and Go FAS Racing have …

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Ryan Newman: ‘It’s Been a Horrible Season’

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Entering the 2018 season, Ryan Newman and the rest of the Chevrolet camp had a lot of unknowns with the introduction of the new Camaro ZL1. Many of those unknowns have now been answered as the regular season comes to a close on Sunday (Sept. 9) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Newman, 40, is winding down …

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Brad Keselowski Finally Wins The Southern 500

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Prior to Sunday night’s (Sept. 2) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway, Brad Keselowski had won just about everything except for NASCAR’s crown jewel races. Keselowski won the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sunday to finally check one of the sport’s most prestigious races off the list. Keselowski swept the weekend, winning the …

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Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman Top Bojangles’ Southern 500 Practices

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Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin dominated Darlington in 2017 with wins in both the XFINITY and Cup races. He returned to the scene of last year’s success and picked up right where he left off. Hamlin turned a lap at 172.287 mph during the opening practice to lead the entire day Friday (Aug. 31). Practice …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Bojangles’ Southern 500

Kyle Busch (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series throws back to the good ol’ days this weekend at Darlington Raceway. The Bojangles’ Southern 500 is one of the crown jewel races at the MENCS level and many drivers will be paying respect to those who came before them with tribute paint schemes. The green flag for the …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Mayhem and Chaos Heading Into Off Week

That was something else. In by far one of the better races of the 2018 season, Kurt Busch survived all the chaos and captured his 30th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory Saturday night in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the front of his Ford Fusion bashed in …

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The Frontstretch 5: Pieces in NASCAR’s Silly Season Puzzle & Where They Could Fit

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1. Kurt Busch 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Busch won’t return to powerhouse Stewart-Haas Racing next year. Each driver move creates two pieces to the puzzle, as the ride he vacates will need to be filled. In this case, it’s pretty likely that Cole Custer will take over the No. 41, so Busch …

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