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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Richard Petty Motorsports

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Aric Almirola (Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Richard Petty Motorsports entered 2017 at a spot fairly close to rock bottom. The 2016 season was a complete disaster. After ditching Roush Fenway Racing’s chassis shop and electing to build their own, the team looked off the pace for most of the year and only netted one top-five and two top 10s between its …

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NASCAR Top 10 Storylines 2017: Furniture Row Racing Inspires Small Teams

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

For Furniture Row Racing, the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title was 13 years in the making. That’s how long it’s taken for this team to evolve. It’s gone from a car that barely qualified for races, to “the little team that could,” to the best team in all of NASCAR. The pinnacle of …

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Martinsville Delivers the Racing NASCAR Needs


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It is a well-known fact that NASCAR has been in the decline since it peaked in the mid-2000s. Ratings are down and the seats at the track have not been in as high of demand as they were a decade ago. People have chalked that up to various things, such as the introduction of playoffs, …

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Grandfather Clock Escapes Brad Keselowski at Martinsville


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Brad Keselowski was one of the dominant cars in the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday  and was cruising to a victory… until everything spiraled out of control. Keselowski won the first two stages of the event and led a total of 108 laps, gapping second-place Chase Elliott with eight laps to go …

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Ryan Blaney Salvages Top 10 at Martinsville


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His best friend, Darrell Wallace Jr., said earlier in the week that Ryan Blaney used to hate racing at Martinsville Speedway. After seeing the carnage and tempers that Blaney survived en route to an eighth-place finish in the First Data 500 on Sunday, it’s easy to see why. The race weekend started with good times …

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Joey Logano Fastest in First Data 500 Final Practice


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With the clock draining on the session, Joey Logano turned in a lap at 20.054 seconds (94.416 mph) to place him at the top of the leaderboard in the final practice for the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday evening (Oct. 28).  Chase Elliott (20.075 seconds, 94.326 mph) had held the top spot until Logano’s …

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Harrison Burton Scores 1st Truck Series Top 5 at Martinsville

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Harrison Burton certainly benefits from his last name but other young drivers need other attention (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Harrison Burton has already won the K&N Pro Series East title this year. Now, he has gotten his first taste of success in the Camping World Truck Series, scoring a fourth-place finish in the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday (Oct. 28). The transition to Trucks had been a difficult one for Burton, …

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Matt Crafton Disappointed by 2nd-Place Finish at Martinsville


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The Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 28) was Matt Crafton‘s race to lose… and well, he lost it. The two-time Camping World Truck Series champion dominated the race, leading 102 laps and winning Stage 1, but he lost the lead with 10 laps to go on a final restart to …

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John Hunter Nemechek’s Title Hopes Take a Crash Early at Martinsville


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John Hunter Nemecheck’s season hit a huge roadblock early in the going in the Camping World Truck Series’ Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway. The No. 8 Chevrolet lost brakes going into Turn 1 on lap 37, resulting in a totaled Silverado and a DNF for Nemechek. “I really don’t have an emotion right now,” Nemechek …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 Apache Warrior 400

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Who…gets the shoutout of the week? Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s crew chief Brian Pattie made the bold call to leave the No. 17 car on the track during a cycle of green-flag pit stops during stage 1. A caution came out when Jeffrey Earnhardt hit the sand barriers protecting the pit wall, leaving Stenhouse as one …

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