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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Bring On NASCAR 2017

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It’s true NASCAR has the shortest offseason of any major sport. But really, why does it seem like forever between the season finale at Homestead and the start of Daytona Speedweeks? It’s just 90 days, far shorter than the end of the Super Bowl and the start of NFL Training Camps midsummer. For me, the …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Ryan Blaney

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Ryan Blaney came into the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season expected to be one of the two top rookies in the Sprint Cup Series, but while two rookies made the Chase by race 26, Blaney wasn’t one of them. That doesn’t mean it was necessarily a disappointing season for the driver of the No. 21 …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: NASCAR Championship Edition

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The final race of the season ended with the kind of drama that NASCAR could only hope for when it devised the Chase system, and especially this current Chase system. There was no ceremonial ride around for 267 laps for the champion as there had been at times when the championship was all but won …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Desert/Dessert Edition

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NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series made its final trip West for the 2016 season with a lot on the line. Six drivers sparred for just two remaining spots in Arizona to run for the championship this coming week at Homestead. Four of them were left feeling like they were stuck in the desert, where this Phoenix event just happened to be …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Rainy Nights Edition

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Sometimes the rain taketh away and sometimes it giveth. Carl Edwards was glad to be on the good side of that precipitation equation in what turned out to be a Sunday night race at Texas Motor Speedway following rain and a slow-drying track. With his victory, Edwards has joined Jimmie Johnson to make up two of …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Trick or Treat Edition

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

The first race in the third round of the Chase was a bit of a treat for some drivers and teams and maybe a bit of trick for others trying to become one of the four drivers to compete for the title in Homestead later this month. And of course, one of those drivers is …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Waiting For The Big One Edition

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When it comes to restrictor place races at Talladega and Daytona, the big question is, when will the big one happen? As in, when will we see a big crash with at least seven or eight cars involved. If you were waiting on that to happen during Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega, then you …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: NASCAR’s Kansas Clutch Edition

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When you think about how a clutch works for a vehicle, when a driver pushes it down, while at the same time shifting gears and accelerating, most of the time it means it’s go time. That’s the case at this point in the season for the Sprint Cup Series. It’s go time and the teams …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte’s Wild-Card Edition

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The first race in the second round of the Chase took place Sunday at Charlotte, and while some of the 12 Chase teams escaped with good finishes, others have a lot of work to do in the next two races if they want to reach the round of eight. While it’s not uncommon to hear …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Chase Elimination Edition

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Sunday’s Sprint Cup contest at Dover served as the first Chase elimination inside NASCAR’s ten-race playoff. That means we had to say goodbye to four of the 16 drivers who, just a few short weeks ago believed they were the favorites to hold up the championship trophy in Homestead. As the Monster Mile showed us, despite a clean race Sunday holding on to a spot …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Restart Edition

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Wouldn’t it be nice if life regularly offered us a chance for a restart, a chance to pull back even with the leaders after falling behind? A chance to get our lap back when we feel like we are a lap down to the rest of the field. A chance to win a race when …

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