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Up to Speed: No More Frontier Appeal For NASCAR in Loudon

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

For the last 20 years, September in Loudon, N.H. was time to go racing.  NASCAR came to town each year in the early fall, and the America’s greatest stock car racers treated New England’s race fans to a show of speed. Kyle Busch won the latest edition of the 300-mile contest on Sunday.  Yet this time …

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Friday Faceoff: How Will Kasey Kahne Fare in 2018?

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Kasey Kahne will drive the No. 95 for Leavine Family Racing in 2018, replacing Michael McDowell.  Will Kahne be able to take the team to the next level, and what will McDowell do? Amy Henderson: If Kasey Kahne brings a big-time sponsor, then it will help from an equipment standpoint.  But take a close look …

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Up to Speed: Has Chase Elliott Flipped the Switch?

(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

Hendrick Motorsports put two cars in the top 10 during Sunday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway.  One of those drivers led 42 laps and finished second.  The other had a solid, if quiet, race and took the checkered flag in eighth. Maybe it is not a surprise that two of the Hendrick drivers found success at …

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Up to Speed: An Ambulance of Infamy

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

There are certain NASCAR races that will forever live in infamy. While there is no shortage of races in which the competitors were responsible for the controversy, NASCAR and its partners have, from time-to-time, caused confusion among the fan base for poor officiating and ill preparedness. Nobody will soon forget the tire debacle during the …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s Got the Best Championship Battle?

NASCAR Xfinity Series action at Pocono Raceway, 2017 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

Subway announced last weekend it’s dropping its backing of Joe Gibbs Racing and Daniel Suarez after Suarez did a television segment holding a box of Dunkin’ Donuts doughnuts.  Does the negative attention the company’s gotten outweigh the reasoning behind the change? Michael Massie: Subway’s deal was with Carl Edwards, but it would have been labeled as …

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Up to Speed: Keep Throwing it Back at Darlington

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Sunday marked the third edition of Darlington Raceway’s Bojangles Southern 500 since the fabled race returned to its traditional Labor Day weekend date.  The race weekend is also in the third year of its throwback theme.  Familiar paint schemes from years gone by adorn most of the cars.  NBC Sports used  some old-school graphics, while Ken …

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Up to Speed: Rumors Fly for Richard Petty Motorsports

In the midst of a silly season that has been particularly silly, a series of reports popped up this week about the future of Richard Petty Motorsports.  The King’s team potentially has a lot on its plate in the next few months.  At the moment, there is no guarantee that Aric Almirola will return to …

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Friday Faceoff: Are Today’s NASCAR Drivers Relatable?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

NASCAR is reportedly considering a cone rule, which would allow drivers to choose a restart lane as they exit the pits under caution.  It’s a rule used at short tracks with success, but is it a viable way for NASCAR to spice up restarts and stop teams from hitting the brakes on pit road to …

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Up to Speed: The Best (Or Worst?) of Kyle Busch at Bristol

(Photo: John K Harrelson / NKP)

Kyle Busch’s performance at Bristol Motor Speedway over the last week brought to mind a certain episode of Seinfeld in which Jerry’s girlfriend paints a portrait of Kramer. After the painting is complete, an elderly couple becomes transfixed with Kramer’s portrait, concluding that its subject must be some kind of miscreant. Most famously, the old …

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Up to Speed: The Driver Makes the Difference at Michigan

(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

In the days leading up to Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, there was plenty of chatter about cars, with Chevrolet unveiled its 2018 Camaro, which will compete in the Cup Series beginning next season. Old rivals Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch also engaged in a war of words over the …

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