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From Daytona to Dagobah: Is Matt Mills NASCAR’s Biggest Star Wars Fan?

Matt Mills poses on pit road at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

#5: Matt Mills, B.J. McLeod Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro J.F. Electric

What if I told you that the NASCAR Xfinity Series field now had one of biggest Star Wars nerds in racing?  Matt Mills is in the midst of his third full year in the series driving the No. 5 (or Red Five) — and sometimes the No. 99 — for BJ McLeod Motorsports. He’s having …

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Fire on Fridays: Kyle Busch Leads the Monday Night Racing Charge

2021 Atlanta NXS Kyle Busch drinking rowdy energy NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kyle Busch is in the midst of a battle for his third NASCAR Cup Series title. But in a couple weeks, he’ll start his campaign for a championship in another racing discipline. Monday Night Racing announced on Wednesday (Oct. 20) that Busch’s company Rowdy Energy would be the title sponsor for the series’ fourth season, …

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Carson Ware Arrested on Charges of Assault, Indefinitely Suspended by NASCAR

Carson Ware Pocono NASCAR Xfinity, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Carson Ware was arrested early Wednesday (Oct. 20), according to Rowan County, North Carolina, online records. The arrest of Ware, 21, was for misdemeanor charges of assault on a female, simple assault and injury to personal property. The arrest happened in Salisbury, N.C., at 3:12 a.m. Ware’s bond was set at …

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Fire on Fridays: Rick Ware, Richard Petty & the Quest to Lose a Charter

Josh Bilicki’s No. 52 Rick Ware Racing, Erik Jones’ No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports, Ty Dillon No. 96 Gaunt Brothers, Daytona road course, NASCAR Cup 2021, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Is Rick Ware Racing, or, ahem, Petty Ware Racing, about to lose a charter in the NASCAR Cup Series, or has the team already made plans to sell it? One of the big pieces of the past two Silly Season puzzles has been the game of charter musical chairs. Since 2016, there have been 36 …

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Jeb Burton Discusses Ride Search, Hunting & Hokie Love

#10: Jeb Burton, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Nutrien Ag Solutions

The past few days have been less than ideal for Jeb Burton.  On Saturday (Oct. 9), he was eliminated from his first-ever NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs, with cousin Harrison Burton beating him out for the last spot. Later that night, Burton’s beloved Virginia Tech Hokies football team lost to Notre Dame after leading late in …

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Jeb Burton Out of Kaulig Xfinity Ride in 2022

Jeb Burton looks on at Atlanta Motor Speedway 2021 NASCAR Xfinity, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Jeb Burton confirmed to Frontstretch Oct. 11 that he will not be returning to Kaulig Racing’s No. 10 NASCAR Xfinity Series car in 2022. “I will not be in the [No.] 10 car next year,” Burton said. “I don’t see a path there for that to happen. There’s other people who have funding.” The news …

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Takuma Sato Won’t Return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan in 2022

(Photo: Joe Skibinski/IndyCar)

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato will not return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the 2022 season, the team announced on Tuesday evening (Oct. 5) Sato had driven the team’s No. 30 entry for the past four seasons in the NTT IndyCar Series, compiling four wins including the 2020 Indy 500. The Tokyo native …

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Fire on Fridays: NASCAR Tires ‘Cutting’ Fantastic Finishes Short

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The big topic coming out of NASCAR’s weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway was the feud between NASCAR Cup Series championship contenders Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott. But whether Harvick was in the wrong or Elliott was in the wrong doesn’t really matter. Because neither driver was the true culprit of the incident. No, the true …

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Kyle Petty Finds ‘Another Chapter’ of Life with Return of Music Career & Charity Ride

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/Autostock)

Kyle Petty may have driven his final NASCAR race 13 years ago, but he’s just as busy as ever.  In fact, Petty’s in the midst of one of his biggest years professionally. In addition to returning as an analyst for NASCAR on NBC and host of Coffee With Kyle, he started another show for the …

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Fire on Fridays: Will the Spotlight Ever Shine Again on Kevin Harvick?

Kevin Harvick before running a NASCAR race at Circuit of the Americas, May 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

As the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway this weekend, the driver who should be at the top of everyone’s mind is Kevin Harvick — except he isn’t. Harvick, after all, is the best active driver at the Brooklyn, Mich., track, leading the way with five wins. More impressively, four of those wins …

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