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Changes Are A-Comin’ (On the Manufacturer Side?)

Ryan Newman gets an invite to the Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout and takes the win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Credit: Getty Images

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is about to have myriad changes take place over the next couple of years — or so it’s said. In 2020, the schedule is rumored to be drastically different, and in 2021 the Gen-7 car is set to hit the track. Reports describe the vehicles as everything from more …

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Win & You’re In — Probably (& Other Confusing Rules)

After Chase Elliott‘s victory on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the never-ending playoffs discussion turned to his automatic eligibility for NASCAR’s postseason. Since this version of the champion selection process was announced, the talking heads on the idiot box have continuously spouted that a win in the regular season …

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NASCAR Perception is Reality for Jim, Bob and Cooter… and You, Too

(Photo: John K Harrelson/ NKP)

Three buddies are headed to the races. Jim is Captain Negativity, Bob is Mr. Glass Half Full and Cooter goes with the flow. They are the epitome of perception is reality and the way they see a race weekend unfold speaks volumes about the challenges facing our sport. As the boys arrive at the race …

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Quit Yer Bitchin’, NASCAR Fans

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Auto racing has been around since the second automobile was produced, and there have constantly been contests between owners of different vehicles to see which one is the fastest. Whether it is in a straight line, a circle, windy roads or backward, people are always going to race each other. As fans of auto racing, …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Ryan Newman

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Ryan Newman’s 2018 season was nothing special. And nothing special, in the end, simply wasn’t good enough to keep him at Richard Childress Racing for 2019 and bey0nd. In his fifth year behind the wheel of the No. 31 Chevrolet, Newman did not visit Victory Lane in 2018 and also missed the playoffs. While that …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: 2019 Rules Will Tighten the Field; We’ll See About Competition

There are basically two different rules packages for NASCAR in 2019, depending on the size of the racetrack. The package for short tracks is quite similar to the 2018 package, with cars running at around 750 horsepower and plenty of downforce. For tracks a mile and a half and longer, the engines will be restricted …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: A Look Back at NASCAR 2018 and a Glimpse Ahead

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Who’s in the headline When it was all said and done at Homestead-Miami Speedway, it was Joey Logano holding up the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship trophy. Logano was the least decorated of the four finalists but was running as well as anyone when the final four races of the season took place. Unlike …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Emerges as 2018 Cup Champion

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Who’s in the headline It took 10 years to fulfill the predictions but Joey Logano is your 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. Logano took advantage of a quick, short-run car and passed Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. on a late race restart to take command of the race and run off into …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Wins Phoenix, Kevin Harvick & Martin Truex Jr. Complete the Expected

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline Heading into Phoenix, everybody and their brother was positive Kevin Harvick was going to stomp the competition into submission and make a statement about his position as the unquestioned favorite heading into Homestead. Someone forgot to tell Kyle Busch as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver took advantage of mistakes by nearly …

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