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4 Burning Questions: Who’s Gonna Drive for JGR in Xfinity Next Year?


(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What was the takeaway from the Next Gen NASCAR Cup Series car testing this week? One big takeaway from the past week of NASCAR Cup Series news is that the days of the small stroker teams may well be coming to a close. Sure, there will always be big teams and small teams, and the …

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Slipstream Saturday: Lewis Hamilton Earns Pole, to Start 11th After Penalty

Lewis Hamilton

(Photo: LAT Images via Mercedes AMG F1 Media)

A wild P3, Q1, and Q2 on a somewhat wet racetrack ended with a more ho-hum Q3 at the Turkish Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton qualified on the pole but will start the race in 11th after a 10 place grid penalty due to the Mercedes team installing a new internal combustion engine to their power …

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4 Burning Questions: It’s the Great Peacock, Charlie Brown!

Chase Elliot leads a pack of cars in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo NKP

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Will the NASCAR Cup Series eventually exclusively have races on Peacock? This week NBC revealed it will be streaming the final three Cup races of the season on Peacock. The move comes after a fiasco last week when NBC reportedly attempted to force Youtube TV to bundle Peacock as part of all of its packages. …

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4 Burning Questions: IRP Makes a Comeback

2011 Lucas Oil IRP Trucks pack racing Russell LaBounty Autostock

(Photo: Russell LaBounty Autostock via Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What schedule changes will there be for 2022? The biggest and most unexpected news of the NASCAR schedule announcements for the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck series was the surprise that the Trucks are returning to Lucas Oil Raceway. The short track, referred to by many as IRP due to its previous name Indianapolis …

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Max Verstappen Rallies to Finish 2nd at Sochi

Second placed Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 26, 2021 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

(Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Without looking at the starting grid, it can be easy to look at the results of the Russian Grand Prix as a disaster for Max Verstappen. The Dutchman finished second and lost the points lead to race winner Lewis Hamilton. In reality, however, Verstappen’s second was an absolutely astonishing result, as the 23-year-old driver had …

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4 Burning Questions: Rookie Report Card

Chase Briscoe at Charlotte, NKP

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How have the two NASCAR Cup Series rookies performed? Now that all three NASCAR national touring series have headed into the playoffs, it’s a good time to take a look at the rookies in each series and how they did this season, especially with just two of them actually in the playoffs. Unlike traditional classes, …

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4 Burning Questions: NASCAR Schedule Pondering

Denny Hamlin 2019 Bristol NASCAR Cup race

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What were the changes to the schedule? This past Wednesday, after the Athletic reported the full schedule the day prior, NASCAR officially announced the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule. Mark those calendars. 🗓 The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule is here. — NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 15, 2021 The schedule is 36 races held across …

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4 Burning Questions: What’s Up With CGR & Spire?

2021 Darlington II Cup Corey LaJoie Ross Chastain racing NKP

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What happened at Darlington Raceway? Last weekend, the NASCAR playoffs began with a bang at Darlington Raceway, where… Oh, forget that nonsense! It’s time for some hard-nosed, no-frills, godforsaken FOOTBALL. Football on Thursday! Football on Friday! Football on Saturday! Football on Sunday! Football on Monday! Football in high school! Football in college! Football between all …

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4 Burning Questions: Who’ll Be Eliminated in Each Cup Playoff Round?

2021 regular season Cup champion Kyle Larson with trophy

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who will be eliminated in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs’ Round of 16? Michael McDowell has been disappointing in the second half of the regular season. He had a strong start to the season in addition to his Daytona 500 win, but he’s 28th in total points in the past 10 races among all Cup …

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4 Burning Questions: The Train Wreck That Is ARCA

2021 ARCA Springfield Pack Racing Taylor Gray, No. 46 David Gilliland Racing Ford (Credit: Jeff Curry/ARCA Racing used with permission)

Photo: Jeff Curry/ARCA Racing used with permission

Why is the ARCA Menards Series a train wreck? So to be clear, the ARCA Menards Series has always been a bit of a train wreck. Long the little brother to NASCAR and now a subsidiary of the sanctioning body, it cannot be said enough that ARCA is in a crisis on multiple fronts right …

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