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Rain Halts Opening XFINITY Series Practice at Chicagoland Speedway

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

A large rain storm has stalled opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice for the final race of the regular season at Chicagoland Speedway. Series regulars got just over 20 minutes to try to dial in their cars before a large storm cell descended upon the Joliet, Illinois facility. Daniel Suarez‘s 30.475-second lap sat atop the charts …

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The 10: Talking About Playoffs

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

“Playoffs? Don’t talk about—playoffs?! You kidding me? Playoffs?! I just hope we can win a game!” So former coach Jim Mora said when his Indianapolis Colts limped out to a 4-6 record to begin the 2001 NFL season. Unfortunately for Mora, his Colts would only win two more games that season. He was ultimately fired, and replaced by Tony …

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Indy 500 Win Not Enough for Formula One Transplant Alexander Rossi

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(Photo: Shawn Gritzmacher/IndyCar)

For most drivers, winning the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 would be a big enough moment to justify a career, let alone a rookie season. But Alexander Rossi is no typical rookie.  Rossi clutch-and-coasted his way to an improbable victory in front of over 350,000 people in his first Month of May, but the Andretti …

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How They Got Here: A Look at the 2016 Sprint Cup Chase Grid

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After seven months of speculation, surprise winners and clinch scenarios, the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup grid has been set. And let me tell you, it’s a doozy. Coming off a fairly standard year in 2015 — or at least as “standard” of a year as you can have in the second season of …

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The 10: Top Throwbacks From Future’s Past

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Smokey Yunick’s machine struggled. Bobby Allison lost a motor. David Pearson crashed and Dale Earnhardt battled for position with… Dale Earnhardt? If taken only in fleeting glimpses, Sunday’s throwback-filled Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway may well have looked like the days of old. Liveries of stars retired or otherwise long gone filled the NASCAR Sprint …

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2-Headed Monster: Should the Lower-Low Downforce Package Run Full-Time in 2017?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 was more than just a dream come true for Kyle Larson, it was also the final test run for the Sprint Cup Series in the proposed 2017 rules package. Coming off of previous years at Michigan International Speedway that saw drivers running nearly flat-out around the two-mile oval, the lessened downforce …

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James Hinchcliffe, SPM Hit With Post-Texas Penalty

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It’s been a quiet year for penalties in the Verizon IndyCar Series, but the series was forced to take action after the restarted Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. Runner-up finisher James Hinchcliffe and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have been issued a 25-point penalty in both the drivers and owners championships and have been fined $20,000 …

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The 10: Young Guns, High Speed and a Shootout in Pure Michigan

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(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

After weeks – no, years – spent waiting for a new young driver to score a legitimate breakthrough in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, fans of the series saw not one, but two future stars shine in the Irish Hills of Michigan. In the end, it was Kyle Larson that got the best of Chase …

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NASCAR’s Youth Finally Break Through in the Irish Hills

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

For much of 2016 — and 2015, 2014 and 2013 for some drivers — fans, teams and critics alike have waited for one of NASCAR’s upcoming stars to soar above the field for a breakthrough win. While we were all treated to one with Chris Buescher’s weather-shortened win at Pocono Raceway, the wait continued for one …

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Restart Issues Again Cost Chase Elliott a Breakthrough Victory in Michigan

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(Photo: Matthew Thacker/NKP)

If it weren’t for restarts, Chase Elliott would likely be a two-time winner at Michigan International Speedway. Instead, the rookie phenom found himself shrugging off another close loss, this time to Kyle Larson, in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400. Elliott was leading late in the 200-lap event when a lap-188 caution for debris allowed the field …

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