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Friday Faceoff: Is NASCAR Letting Cheaters Prosper?

AJ Allmendinger was hit hard with penalties from having three loose lug nuts in Atlanta, with a loss of 35 points, fines, and a three-race suspension for crew chief Randall Burnett.  Too much or in line? Frank Velat, Staff Writer: It’s spelled out very clearly what will happen when lug nut violations are discovered. Whether …

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Up to Speed: Better Finishes Ahead for Stewart-Haas Racing

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On a cloudy afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Stewart-Haas Racing came up empty handed when the checkered flag flew. But those clouds were not without a silver lining for the four-car organization. Just over one week ago, Kurt Busch and the No. 41 team were in the spotlight, with the 2004 series champion won the …

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Friday Face-off: What Was to Blame for Daytona Carnage?

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This year’s Daytona 500 saw 15 drivers fail to finish due to wrecks. Is that the result of plate racing, the segments, simply coincidence or… what? Is the damage clock the right length or do you think that was also the culprit? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: In the 500, it was plate racing more than …

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Friday Faceoff: Do NASCAR’s New Rules Go Too Far?

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NASCAR implemented some new penalties for 2017, including immediate consequences for some infractions. Kyle Larson was parked during the Advance Auto Parts Clash for having too many men over the wall making repairs to his car, one of the new provisions.  Are the new, stiffer penalties a good deterrent to breaking the rules, or do …

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Up to Speed: Does NASCAR have the Right Combination for 2017?

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With only one week left before the 2017 Daytona 500, drivers and teams of the newly-renamed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series are making final preparations for the biggest race of the year. Daytona International Speedway presents a challenge unlike most tracks in NASCAR.  The nature of pack racing in close quarters at 200 mph, leaving …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Carl Edwards

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Carl Edwards should take away a lot of good memories from his 2016 season.  From dominant victories to comeback performances, from thrilling finishes to his first appearance in the Championship Round of the Chase, Edwards’s second season with Joe Gibbs Racing was a step forward from his up-and-down 2015 campaign.  Yet amid all those positive …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Martin Truex Jr.

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Martin Truex, Jr. and Furniture Row Racing entered 2016 with a new look.  The Denver, Colorado-based operation entered into a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing, prompting a manufacturer switch from Chevrolet to Toyota.  Truex and FRR were coming off a successful 2015 campaign in which both the driver and team looked reborn.  The partnership …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Daniel Suarez a Winner, Champion at Homestead

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A consistent season allowed Daniel Suarez to reach the Championship 4 round of the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, and in the season’s final event, Suarez was spectacular. The 24-year-old started from the pole and went on to win both the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the NXS championship. Suarez, a native of Monterrey, …

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3-Headed Monster: Which Championship Race Will Put on the Best Show?

11-12 November, 2016, Avondale, Arizona USA Kyle Busch, NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry and Erik Jones, Hisense Toyota Camry ©2016, Lesley Ann Miller LAT Photo USA

Three races. Twelve drivers. Three championships up for grabs. Who will win? That’s the big question heading into the NASCAR finale weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway: Who will win? For the Sprint Cup Series, it’s a question that’s been asked the past two years as four drivers have come into the finale with a shot at …

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