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Contenders Set to Emerge in NASCAR’s Round of 8

NASCAR Kyle Larson

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Just past the halfway point of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, the focus of the postseason is finally shifting. The first two rounds are all about who falls out. Now comes the time to focus on those who managed to advance. It’s a mixture of drivers you would expect and a few who might …

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Contenders? Pretenders? Too Early to Tell in NASCAR Cup Playoffs

2021 Darlington II pack Jared C. Tilton Getty Images

(Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

If you checked the storylines leaving Sunday’s (Sept. 5) Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, you likely saw a smattering of NASCAR Cup Series playoff storylines and subsequent questions.  Are Kyle Busch, William Byron and others in jeopardy of falling by the wayside early on after their expedited exits in the postseason opener? What about Denny …

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Nashville Showed IndyCar Promise. Let’s Give It Another Go

Colton Herta bouncing through the Streets of Nashville

(Photo by James Black/INDYCAR)

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix was an eye-catching, cringy, chaotic spectacle of a race weekend. It wasn’t always pretty, but it’s worth trying again next year. Let’s start this by acknowledging the elephant in the room — that race was legitimately hard to watch early on. Excitement turned to trepidation, which then gave …

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10 Questions for the Final 10 Regular-Season NASCAR Cup Races

NASCAR Denny Hamlin leads a pack of NASCAR race cars in the 2021 Coca-Cola 600. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

As hard as it might be to believe, the NASCAR regular season is over halfway complete. It’s been nearly four months since Michael McDowell‘s breakthrough win in the Daytona 500. Over that time we’ve seen numerous winners, stretches of dominance and a basic playoff field take shape. With the opening 16 Cup Series races down, …

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NASCAR’s Next Gen Messaging is Sound, Now the Car’s Action Needs to Match

2022 Next Gen cars Chevrolet Ford Toyota Jared C Tilton Getty

(Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

NASCAR’s Next Gen car has arrived. Now, how will it perform?  That’s the key question on the minds of many eager race fans following the conclusion of Wednesday’s (May 5) official car unveiling in Charlotte, North Carolina.  And for the series, it’s the most important question of all.  NASCAR has taken a deep plunge with …

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NASCAR Embracing Change on Doorstep of New Era

Chase Elliott car kicks up some dust in practice at Bristol Dirt Cup practice NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s a unique time to be a NASCAR fan. Gone are the folkways of the past, replaced by change in nearly every aspect of the sport. The last decade of racing in the Cup Series and beyond has seen significant shifts from the so-called “peak” era of yesteryear. Without the same massive audience the sport …

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Usual Suspects Likely to Win in NASCAR’s Trip to Las Vegas

2019 Las Vegas I CUP Ryan Blaney Joey Logano racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Whenever Las Vegas is pictured in movies, photos, print or a backdrop for the latest TikTok, there’s one consistent theme: Excess.  Everyone flocks to Sin City with at least a small hope of getting lucky, hitting big on a slot machine or roulette table and enjoying their spoils with a night on the town. Veteran …

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Denny Hamlin’s Fourth Chance: Will This One End Differently?

2020 Talladega NCS Denny Hamlin Burnout NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

We’ve seen this story before. But could this edition have a happier ending?  While most have struggled through this difficult 2020, Denny Hamlin has enjoyed what might be the best season of his NASCAR Cup Series career. The Virginian has matched his career-best 9.5 average finish from last year, sits one win away from matching …

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A Fair Compromise

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The realm of sports is often home to feel-good stories, but they frequently prove fleeting in nature.  Given the industry’s sponsorship-focused business model and frequent need for immediate return, that’s arguably more true in motorsports than any other industry.  It’s because of that truth that deals like Thursday’s (Oct. 8) second opportunity for Matt DiBenedetto …

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Bubba Wallace’s Difficult Decision Was the Right One

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Bubba Wallace’s decision to leave Richard Petty Motorsports ahead of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series was surely a difficult one, an emotional call months in the making.  But look beyond emotions and it’s clearly the right decision to make.  Once a driver struggling to find sponsorship, Wallace has gone on a sponsor shopping frenzy this …

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