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Cup Series Returns to Darlington After Turn 2 Repave

NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

When the NASCAR Cup Series begins its playoff run this weekend, it’ll do so at Darlington Raceway. It will be just the third time this year the series has made a return trip to a track this season, following visits to Atlanta Motor Speedway and the regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway. But the 1.366-mile …

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What Ganassi Selling to Trackhouse Means for Each Party Involved

2021 Homestead Cup Ross Chastain Tyler Reddick racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A news bomb was dropped on the NASCAR world Wednesday afternoon (June 30), when Justin Marks and Chip Ganassi announced that Trackhouse Racing had purchased the charters and assets of Chip Ganassi Racing. Ganassi will leave the series after 21 years as an owner, while Marks’ team he co-owns with Pitbull, Trackhouse, is just getting …

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Denny Hamlin: NASCAR Cup Series Charter Market in a ‘Bubble’

Denny Hamlin talks to Bubba Wallace at COTA Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If you ask Brad Keselowski, Matt Kaulig executed a “boss move” on Friday (June 18). Kaulig, the owner of the NASCAR Xfinity Series team Kaulig Racing, announced he had purchased two charters from Spire Motorsports with the intent of fielding two full-time NASCAR Cup Series entries in 2022. Linked to reports that he’s been offered …

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Remember the Reason

Brad Keselowski celebrates with United States of America flag after winning 2021 talladega spring cup race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This Sunday, May 30, is Christmas in May for race fans. While the Monaco Grand Prix was moved to last weekend, two of the most prestigious races in professional motorsports are contested on Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600. Many have a vacation day the next day, so the weekend …

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Into NASCAR’s Unknown: Road Course Winds of Change Blowing Left and Right

Chase Elliott practices at COTA

March 2, 2021: Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. ( +CMS-HHP-Harold Hinson)

A grand total of 13 weeks remain in the NASCAR Cup Series 2021 regular season. Nearly 40% of those races will be road courses. Cup drivers will be turning left right at Circuit of the Americas this Sunday (May 23), as well as at Sonoma Raceway (June 6), Road America (July 4), Watkins Glen International …

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Two NASCAR-Filled Months into 2021, A (Slight) Return to Normalcy

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Things are starting to get better! I got my first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine (thanks, Mark Martin!) almost two weeks ago. Fortunately, I only had minimal soreness in a couple of pangs that lasted a few seconds apiece and then felt a little more tired than usual that night, so I’m looking forward to …

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NASCAR Embracing Change on Doorstep of New Era

Chase Elliott car kicks up some dust in practice at Bristol Dirt Cup practice NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s a unique time to be a NASCAR fan. Gone are the folkways of the past, replaced by change in nearly every aspect of the sport. The last decade of racing in the Cup Series and beyond has seen significant shifts from the so-called “peak” era of yesteryear. Without the same massive audience the sport …

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Usual Suspects Likely to Win in NASCAR’s Trip to Las Vegas

2019 Las Vegas I CUP Ryan Blaney Joey Logano racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Whenever Las Vegas is pictured in movies, photos, print or a backdrop for the latest TikTok, there’s one consistent theme: Excess.  Everyone flocks to Sin City with at least a small hope of getting lucky, hitting big on a slot machine or roulette table and enjoying their spoils with a night on the town. Veteran …

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Cinderella Story NASCAR Style Times Two

2021 Daytona road Cup Laex Bowman pack racing NKP

c#48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally, #34: Michael McDowell, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Mustang Love's Travel Stops, and #37: Ryan Preece, JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Kroger/Coca-Cola

Are you tired of us old guys telling you how much better NASCAR was back in the day? Thankfully, I will spare you that argument because while I often miss some of the old days, I don’t miss hearing about drivers getting hurt or killed as often as they did back in the day. Join …

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