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Inspection Chaos Casts Shadow Over NASCAR Qualifying Session

Atlanta 2015 Jeff Gordon Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin Discuss Inspection Issues by Jerry Jordan

Jeff Gordon discusses qualifying inspection issues with fellow drivers Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Photo by Jerry Jordan

Jerry Jordan – KickinTheTires.Net HAMPTON, Ga. – If you missed ‘Inspection-gate’ because you were too focused on finding Travis Kvapil’s stolen No. 44 Sprint Cup Series car so you could score hot passes to every race of the year, there was another issue going on at Atlanta Motor Speedway that needs to be addressed going forward. …

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Too Soon, Too Late: NASCAR Decisions Leave More Questions

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(Credit: CIA Stock Photography)

As the sun rises on the biggest day of the racing year, a black cloud already sits on NASCAR’s horizon. For an organization that has a history of either dragging their feet or jumping the gun, those actions converged to create a difficult situation for the sanctioning body just hours before the running of its …

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The Times, They Have a-Changed

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Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2014

It’s been said that changes in life are inevitable, but come on, NASCAR! First, it was the Gen-6 car as a means by which to improve Sprint Cup competition. Then, it was the win-and-you’re-in, Game Seven redesign of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Next, it was announced that what we’ve known and loved as “souvenir row” …

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Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve for Hendrick Motorsports

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Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Four cars. Each one of them being fully funded by multi-million dollar companies. But something went very wrong and it wasn’t the new playoff format. A nightmare is probably an understatement for what happened to Hendrick Motorsports during the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Three of their four drivers were eliminated from the Chase after …

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How Charlotte Has Become the Most Important Race in the Chase

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Credit: Yvonne Leonard

Talladega Superspeedway has always been known as a “wild card” track. Restrictor-plate tracks are known for two-, three-, and even four-wide racing at 200 mph lap after lap. It also makes for surprise winners and big wrecks that can ruin a driver’s bid for a championship. So when NASCAR announced the new 2014 Chase format …

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To Hell & Back: Brian Keselowski Goes from S&P Owner to Daytona 500 Darling

Thursday, February 17 was all a blur for Brian Keselowski, a single day that, for at least one weekend, put the oft-forgotten older brother of superstar Brad Keselowski on the same playing field. This Thursday saw a Speedweeks miracle unfold, as the former Nationwide Series regular took a five-year-old Evernham Motorsports car, built on nickels …

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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Daytona, Latest Example

Listening to NASCAR’s preseason announcements and Saturday night’s broadcast of the Budweiser Shootout has been much the equivalent of listening to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Change. Change everywhere, as far as the eye can see. And to be fair, when the Sprint Cup Series (or much of it, anyway) took the green at Daytona …

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No Longer “Intimidating:” In the Blink of an Eye Further Devaluation of NASCAR’s Past & Present

The first nine laps of NASCAR racing I ever sat down to watch happened to be the final nine laps of the 2001 Daytona 500. I don’t remember why it ended up on our TV that day, but my dad and I ended up watching Michael Waltrip take the checkered flag as a wreck ensued …

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NASCAR Points? What’s the Point?

FRONTSTRETCH‘S WAKE UP! IT’S 2011 WEEK NASCAR fans, take note; Frontstretch is back and ready to roll for 2011! This week, we’re all over the NASCAR Media Tour with our free newsletter coverage and reports from writers Amy Henderson, Mike Neff, Jay Pennell live at the scene – plus some insider information from Tom Bowles …

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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Good morning, race fans, and happy Tuesday to all of you! It’s hard to believe that the 2010 NASCAR season has finally concluded. I don’t know about you, but this time of year always brings mixed feelings for me. I now have three months to actually be productive on Sunday afternoons; but at the same …

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