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2 Burning Questions: What Is The State Of NASCAR?

Bubba Wallace leads a pack of cars at Martinsville Speedway, April 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What is the state of NASCAR? This year was the year of the charter. A system that once had Bob Pockrass saying publicly that a team could find a charter in the dumpster after the season has ballooned and become the vision that the RTA and Rob Kauffman envisioned when implementing it. Has the charter …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Formula 1 or NASCAR Win the Ratings Battle?

2020 Kansas playoff Cup race, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch lead the pack coming off a turn, Photo NKP

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Who will come out on top between F1 and NASCAR? This Sunday will mark a big test for Formula 1 as it goes head-to-head with the NASCAR Cup Series race on cable, and the National Football League when it comes to television in general. Before the speculation, it should be obvious that NASCAR will outdraw …

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

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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)

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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. pic.twitter.com/PhChB7pUsb — 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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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