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Dropping the Hammer: For History’s Sake, Let Fans Attend NASCAR’s Next Gen Test at Bowman Gray Stadium

Bowman Gray Stadium

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Maybe it was foreshadowing, or maybe Ben Kennedy was just stating a fact. On Sept. 15, NASCAR’s senior vice president of strategy and innovation, and member of the France family, addressed the media on the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule. He eventually touched on arguably its biggest development: The Busch Clash will be held on …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Will Low Horsepower Negatively Affect Next Gen Car?

2021 Charlotte Road ROVAL Cup Next Gen test Ryan Blaney car Bob Leverone Getty

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Many have voiced complaints about the 550-hp package on intermediate tracks, yet NASCAR is using it again for the Next Gen car. How concerning is it that the results may be the same? – Clarence P., Charlotte, N.C. This is a topic that many are going to voice their opinion about in the coming weeks …

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Gibbs, Roush, Kaulig Teams Penalized After Charlotte

2021 Charlotte Road ROVAL Cup Kyle Busch racing NKP

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Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Ben Beshore has been suspended one race and fined $20,000 after Kyle Busch‘s No. 18 Toyota had two loose lug nuts after the most recent NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, NASCAR announced Oct. 12 in its post-race penalty report. Busch’s group was one of three …

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Zach’s Turn: Time to Start Holding Kevin Harvick Accountable

Chase Elliott with damage to the No. 9 car during the 2021 Bank of America ROVAL400. Photo: NKP

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Kevin Harvick is one of an elite few at the top of his era in the NASCAR Cup Series, but nothing on Harvick’s resume absolves the 2014 champion of accountability. Why, then, are we so quick to dismiss his wrongdoings over the years? Sure, this column is inspired by the events that took place Sunday …

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5 Points to Ponder: Feuds, Second Chances and the Metaverse

Kevin Harvick ROVAL 2021

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1. ROVAL win might have been the most impressive yet for Kyle Larson If you picked Kyle Larson to win the Bank of America ROVAL 400 before the weekend, you weren’t exactly going out on much of a limb. Hendrick Motorsports’ brightest currently shining star (yes, sorry Chase Elliott) isn’t just having the best season …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Kyle Larson Establishes His Own Road Course Legacy

Kyle Larson does a burnout after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400, October 2021. Photo: NKP

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The memories of Kevin Harvick spinning in a last turn, last ditch effort to make the Championship 4 a year ago were vivid in the minds of Kyle Larson fans. The Hendrick Motorsports driver came into the Round of 12 looking like a lock to advance. That all changed last week at Talladega when Larson …

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Horsepower, Spoiler Package Revealed for Most of 2022 Cup Season

Kevin Harvick races with Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, September 2021.(Credit: NKP)

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Many pieces of the Next Gen puzzle in the NASCAR Cup Series came together Oct. 11, as NASCAR revealed horsepower and spoiler settings for the majority of the tracks on the 2022 schedule. According to Fox Sports’s Bob Pockrass, the cars will feature 670 horsepower and a 4-inch spoiler on short tracks and road courses …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 NASCAR Charlotte ROVAL

Kyle Larson celebrates his victory in the 2021 bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo: NKP

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What happened? Kyle Larson won the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday (Oct. 10) despite early mechanical issues. Tyler Reddick, Chris Buescher, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-five finishers. RETWEET to congratulate @KyleLarsonRacin on his WIN at the @CLTMotorSpdwy ROVAL! "I did not see us winning. Way …

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Up to Speed: Mind Games for Chase Elliott & Kevin Harvick at the ROVAL

2021 Charlotte Road ROVAL Cup Chase Elliott pack racing NKP

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It is no surprise to see Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL dish out a healthy dose of chaos.  But for the 2021 playoff race, a day at the ROVAL came with more mind games than usual.  The feud between Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick that began at Bristol Motor Speedway flared up once again, with Harvick …

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