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Austin Cindric Moving on From Ben Rhodes Crash: ‘I Have Bigger Fish to Fry’

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Austin Cindric will race for a championship in his rookie NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But how he got here has raised questions on his chances to win it all. Following a hard crash by playoff contender Ben Rhodes last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway — one that began off …

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Matt Kenseth Soaks Up Return to Victory Lane in Phoenix

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

In a day of comers and goers, Matt Kenseth came when it counted Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Taking the lead from Chase Elliott with nine laps to go in the Can-Am 500, Kenseth pulled away to score his first win of 2017. The victory, his 39th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, was …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Brad Keselowski Hang On to Championship 4 Spot?

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Will Brad Keselowski Hang On to Championship 4 Spot? Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is where the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be set. With Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch locked in the title race, there is one more spot yet to be decided among …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Chase Elliott Still Advance After Martinsville Loss?

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(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Will Chase Elliott Still Advance After Martinsville Loss? The story of the week — and perhaps the playoffs — reaches its next chapter this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway when Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin return to competition after their late-race contact Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. For Elliott, the crash in Turn 4 not only …

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Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin Trade Paint, Words After Martinsville

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(Photo: John K Harrelson /NKP)

Chase Elliott’s hope of a first career victory hit the Turn 3 wall hard with three laps to go at Martinsville Speedway after Denny Hamlin contacted the No. 24 car entering the corner for the lead. As both playoff drivers went for not only a win, but a spot in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami …

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Kyle Busch Avoids Chaos for Martinsville Victory

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

After Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin slid to the side, it was Kyle Busch who drove through to score victory under the lights at Martinsville Speedway. Holding off a side-by-side battle with Martin Truex Jr. in the final corner, he beat the No. 78 car back to the gas to win for the …

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Noah Gragson Perfects Restart for 1st Truck Series Win at Martinsville


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Last time out, Martinsville Speedway gave rookie Noah Gragson his first top-five finish in the Camping World Truck Series. This time, it’s his first win. After perfecting the outside lane on the final restart of Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200, Gragson passed Matt Crafton, leading the final 10 laps and winning his first race in the series. …

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Denny Hamlin Leads Opening Cup Practice from Martinsville

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(Photo: Barry Cantrell NKP)

Denny Hamlin led the way in opening practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway. The five-time track winner rounded the half-mile in 19.846 seconds (95.415 mph) in preparation for Sunday’s First Data 500. The time was only 0.024 ahead of second-place Kyle Larson. Ryan Newman, Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch completed …

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Dirt Racer Jeffrey Abbey Tackling Asphalt at Martinsville

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 from Martinsville Speedway may not be a debut for Jeffrey Abbey, but it may feel like one. With a successful past racing on dirt, the 19-year-old with tackle his first Camping World Truck Series effort on asphalt after competing at Eldora Speedway this summer. “I’m used to running dirt back in …

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