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Waid’s World: ‘The Curse’ Has Long Been a Part of Talladega Lore

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Over the years, Talladega Superspeedway has been a track where the unpredictable is always predictable. You know something unusual is going happen, but you just don’t know what it is or when it’s going to happen. There is the “Big One” of course – that multi-car accident most often created when a mistake is made …

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What Can Kyle Busch Do to Break His Winless Streak?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kyle Busch‘s struggles in 2020 are growing more and more evident by the week. But the true extent of what the No. 18 team is facing was placed front and center Saturday night (Sept. 19) in the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway – even if the results don’t tell us that …

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Roll the Dice for Your Playoff Fate

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Twenty-six races in the NASCAR Cup Series regular season. A driver tries all he can during the first 25 but isn’t able to grab a victory. The last race of the regular season provides one last chance for a driver to use all of his skills to get into the tournament and have a shot …

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Daytona’s Going to Be Different. Let’s Enjoy It.

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Arguably the most normal part of the 2020 motorsports calendar came on Jan. 25, when the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship made its annual voyage to Florida for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  Now perhaps the wildest moment of the entire pandemic – on track, at least – is about to take place on the same …

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Losing Iowa Would Expose Truth That NASCAR Ignores Short Track Racing

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Ty Gibbs, driver of the #18 Monster Energy-Terrible Herbst-ORCA Toyota wins the Shore Lunch 150 for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, July 18, 2020. (Barry Cantrell/ARCA Racing)

Another week, another rumor about a short track closing. It’s gotten all too common, unfortunately. This time it’s Iowa Speedway, and though nothing official has been announced about the track’s future, the rumors are the speedway could be sold or closed in the near future. Obviously, it has put NASCAR’s future at the facility in …

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Chris Gabehart, Denny Hamlin Proving They Can Become All-Time Greats Together

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The success of Denny Hamlin and crew chief Chris Gabehart is far from new at this point. The duo’s victory at Kansas Speedway on Thursday (July 23) marked their fifth of 2020 and 11th since partnering at the beginning of the 2019 season. To see Hamlin at the front of the field anymore is like …

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Selling Out: When Money Doesn’t Replace Skill, Experience

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#00: Quin Houff, StarCom Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Jacob Construction

On Sunday, Quin Houff made an abrupt move that impacted the outcome of a NASCAR Cup Series race for several drivers. It’s time for NASCAR to make an abrupt move to ensure that someone like him can’t do it again. With any sport, the expectation is that those who compete in its highest level are …

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The Good, the Meh & the Ugly: Reviewing All-Star Race Changes

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

So… they really threw the kitchen sink at that one, huh? NASCAR’s annual Cup Series All-Star Race has become as much of a testing ground for the sport as a genuine race in recent years. While the race itself has often struggled to deliver consistently, NASCAR has gotten value out of the event by trialing …

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Familiarity Isn’t Always a Good Thing

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In order to attract Formula 1, Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the late ’90s added a road course to its infield. But while that track affords some flexibility, the oval, perhaps the most famous track in the world, is still the main draw. The same is true with Daytona International Speedway. Its infield road course is …

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