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Cool Down: The Youth Movement Shines in Michigan and Texas

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There was a time not long ago when the future stars of NASCAR couldn’t be found anywhere. As drivers like Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart slowly raced into the twilight of their careers, the drivers who would rise up and take over their spots atop the sport were nowhere to be seen. Just …

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Denny Hamlin’s Crash Shows the Best, Worst of Modern Chase Format

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Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson’s intense three-wide battle – and subsequent wreck – late in Saturday’s 400 was bold, risky and, ultimately, expensive. In essence, it was everything NASCAR’s newest Chase for the Sprint Cup format exemplifies, for better or worse. Running inside of the top 5 all three of the drivers involved …

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NASCAR Brings Perfect Talladega Storm Without A Drop of Rain

2016 Talladega I CUP multicar crash John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Dark clouds covered the Talladega Superspeedway on a hot, humid Sunday, casting an ominous haze over the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field. Moisture threatened to cover the field throughout the day, but the only particles to fly across the 2.66-mile oval were the myriad of debris sent flying from the many crashed cars. As it turned out, …

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More Short Tracks, Please

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

These past few weeks at short tracks sure have been fun, haven’t they? It’s a shame we won’t see another one until August. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series put on another thrilling race – and finally another scheduled day race – at Richmond International Raceway with Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400. The 400-mile thriller was the …

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Best Race of 2016? It’s Bristol, Baby

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What’s been the best NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of 2016? Easy. It’s Bristol, baby. Sunday’s Food City 500 was wild, unconventional, and by all means a bit strange, but it also played out as arguably the most exciting race of the young 2016 season, despite a dominant performance from Carl Edwards to take the …

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400 Miles and Sunshine Would Make for a Better Texas Product

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If there’s one thing that NASCAR’s long, subpar Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway proved, it’s that the track could serve itself and its fans well by shortening the spring race and placing it during the day. Saturday’s Duck Commander 500 wasn’t as bad as some fans – presumably Kyle Busch haters – are making …

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Martinsville Proves to Be a Race Many Needed

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

Kyle Busch dominated the weekend at Martinsville Speedway, turning his previous 0-30 record at the half-mile paperclip into a two-for-two weekend at the Virginia track. However, despite Busch’s dominance, the best story of the weekend came from the drivers behind him. A glance at a typical top five at Martinsville will include names like Jimmie …

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I’m Tired of Tire Complaints.

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(Photo: Brett Moist NKP)

I honestly feel bad for Goodyear at this point. Sunday’s Auto Club 400 was a brilliant race. With noticeable tire wear, multiple lanes to run in and an old, bumpy racing surface to test drivers, Auto Club Speedway thrilled for the entirety of its 200-lap main event. Yet, somehow, NASCAR’s sole tire provider found themselves …

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Photo Finish in Phoenix Conserves NASCAR’s Early Season Momentum

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For the second time in four races, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series set a record for the closest finish at a track. This time, Kevin Harvick outlasted Carl Edwards at Phoenix International Raceway by the same .010-second gap that separated Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex, Jr. in the season-opening Daytona 500. If you listened closely, …

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Mental Mistakes, Not Bad Luck, Plague Matt Kenseth’s 2016 Run

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

For the third-straight time, Matt Kenseth appeared to have a car capable of winning on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Yet for the third-straight time, he ended the day outside of the top 10. Despite popular belief, none of the results stem from bad luck. That’s been the calling card for Kenseth’s fans to …

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