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Power Of The People: Could NASCAR Drivers Nix The Plates?

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(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

The most notable moments of Talladega, contrary to popular belief, came two days before multiple cars flipped upside down. Prior to the Chris Buescher melee, long before Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano flared up once again there was a meeting of political minds behind closed doors. The Driver’s Council, an unofficial union of racers feeling more like a “Union” …

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Bump And Run To The Bank: NASCAR’s Success Equals Every Man For Himself

This morning, Joe Gibbs Racing will hold a team debrief over what happened Sunday afternoon at Richmond. Warring factions will sit on either side of the table. Sunday’s winner Carl Edwards will be in one corner, trying to hold in a smile while holding the sport’s most recent trophy by way of bump and punch to the …

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A Must For NASCAR’s Recovery: Every Man For Himself

2016 Las Vegas CUP Matt Kenseth Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Teammates be damned. That phrase, however simple was the most important moment in Sunday’s Martinsville race. No, it wasn’t Kyle Busch overcoming a decade’s worth of bad history there. It wasn’t Busch reaching Victory Lane despite a valiant charge by underdog AJ Allmendinger. It wasn’t pit problems by a consistent Kevin Harvick or a self-induced crash by …

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Kevin Harvick’s Opportunity Lost — And Big Decision Ahead

Kevin Harvick Bank of America 500 2015 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

For Kevin Harvick, the phrase “so close, yet so far” has got to be getting old. Like, about ready to smack a dude in the face old the second someone mentions second place. The driver of the No. 4 car dominated Sunday’s proceedings at Fontana, leading 142 of 205 laps and appeared poised to run away with …

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Comers and Goers: 2016 Rule Package a Blessing for Some, Not so Much for Others

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

It’s evident every time there is a new rules package that comes into NASCAR that some teams will hit on the setup immediately and others will take longer to figure it out. Heading into the 2016 season, everyone knew that with the lower downforce package, that reality was very possible. We are three races into the new …

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NASCAR & Politics: Brian France Playing With Fire

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

No one will argue NASCAR has had a tough time of it popularity-wise over the last decade. Nielsen TV ratings for the Daytona 500 and last weekend’s race at Atlanta, the debut of the 2016 rules package were down a whopping 23 percent combined. In just the last six months, the sport has dealt with …

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NASCAR’s Long Road Ahead

2016 Daytona I CUP Kasey Kahne Casey Mears Kyle Larson racing Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

2016 Daytona Speedweeks was defined by the words “drama free.” Those are not bad words, not when such negative news can dominate the headlines. Consider that last Daytona 500 eve was spent writing about one driver’s suspension for domestic violence and another’s extended hospital stay (Kurt and Kyle Busch, respectively). Instead, what we got this …

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BK Racing Rises As Daytona’s Underdog Story

2016 Daytona I CUP Matt DiBenedetto car Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Four years ago, BK Racing came to Daytona as a two-car team that struggled to get out of its own way. It ran a total of nine laps in the Duels (combined), made the race through provisionals and then promptly struggled to hang onto the lead draft. A comedy of errors on pit road and …

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NASCAR’s Changing Of The Guard Is Near

2015 Bank of America 500 Kyle Larson Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Your 30s are an interesting time. Marriage, kids, and moving up in the working world all put increasing demands on the need to become an adult but there’s also a yearning to stay young. Suddenly, you want that guy at the bar to check your ID and think it’s fake. Those Saturday nights your group …

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Bowles-Eye View: Penske Potential Peters Out… Because of Personality?

Martinsville Brad Keselowski Sparks 2015 Cup Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Almost three years ago, fresh off his 2012 Sprint Cup title Brad Keselowski appeared ready to vault toward superstar status. Somehow, he had fended off five-time champ Jimmie Johnson despite driving for an organization in Team Penske that left him on an island. His teammate in the No. 22, AJ Allmendinger was fired midseason after …

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