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Double Take: Martin Truex, Jr.’s May Déjà Vu

2016 Texas I CUP Martin truex Jr racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

It’s déjà vu all over again. Martin Truex, Jr. is no stranger to adversity. He spent his formative years in the Sprint Cup in the now defunct Dale Earnhardt, Inc., winning only once while seeing teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr., assumed heir to the team, jump to Hendrick Motorsports instead. Then, Truex moved to Michael Waltrip Racing, …

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2-Headed Monster: Who Wins at Every Track First, Kyle Busch or Jimmie Johnson?

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Jimmie Johnson is Superman, Kyle Busch is the Shrub. Based on nicknames alone, you’d think that Johnson is leagues ahead of Busch, right? After all, Johnson has 77 wins to Busch’s 37, 212 top-5 finishes to Busch’s 139. Johnson owns 16 more poles than last year’s Sprint Cup champion, and has an average finish of …

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Kyle Busch Penalized, Crew Chief Suspended Following Kansas

2016 Phoenix I CUP Kyle Busch Adam Stevens Nigel Kinrade NKP

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The race-winning team of Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) was penalized on Wednesday for infractions found during the Kansas Speedway race weekend. The No. 18 team, which scored its third win of the season at Kansas last Saturday night, was found to be in violation of the section in the NASCAR rule book pertaining to …

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2-Headed Monster: Has the Logano/Kenseth Feud Run Its Course?

2016 Las Vegas CUP Matt Kenseth Joey Logano racing John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Richard Petty and David Pearson.  Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon. Kurt Busch and Jimmy Spencer. Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. Over the years, these have been some of the more famous rivalries in NASCAR, and whether they resulted in drivers coming to blows or just good-natured competition on the race track, they kept fans engaged and …

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10 Teams Warned After Talladega

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(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

10 teams between the Sprint Cup and XFINITY series were warned for failing pre-race inspection multiple times during the Talladega race weekend, including the No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson. Johnson’s team failed template inspection three times and in addition to his warning he will lose 15 minutes of practice time this weekend at Kansas Speedway. …

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Double Take: Tony Stewart’s Race to the Chase

2016 Richmond I CUP Tony Stewart Danica Patrick racing Nigel Kinrade NKP 1

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Can Smoke rise all the way to the Chase? That’s the big question this season. You see, Tony Stewart is in the midst of his farewell tour, electing to hang up his Sprint Cup helmet following the conclusion of the 2016 NASCAR season. Stewart, a three-time champion and 48-time race winner, is a Hall of …

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2-Headed Monster: Heat Races … Are They Worth It?

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NASCAR is in the midst of a brand-new experiment this season: heat races in the XFINITY Series. NASCAR has used heat races before in the Camping World Truck Series at Eldora, using multiple races to set the starting lineup for the main event, but until 2016 the NXS ran full-length events, lap one to lap …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Receives P3 Penalty for Richmond Infraction

2016 Phoenix I CUP Ricky Stenhouse Jr Dale Earnhardt Jr Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Three teams had infractions during the Richmond race weekend, with one team receiving a P3 penalty. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing team was found to have an illegal steering system during opening inspection and the team was levied a P3 penalty on Wednesday. Stenhouse’s crew chief Nick Sandler was fined $20,000, placed …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Fans Be Allowed Hot Passes?

2014 Daytona II NNS Kasey Kahne and fan CIA

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It could’ve been worse. After Kyle Busch’s second tire failure of the day at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, he made his way behind the wall, clipping a race fan as he came to a stop. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Fl0g5gRF-k The fan, Erin Vandyke, was checked out at a local hospital and was okay, but the incident set …

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Carl Edwards Warned Following Bristol Victory

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

For the third week in a row, the race-winning team in the Sprint Cup Series received a warning for an infraction that occurred during the weekend. Carl Edwards’ No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team was warned for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice. The warning was his third of the season and with one more the team will …

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