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We Need More Bob Leavines

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the last two weeks, Leavine Family Racing owner Bob Leavine has been crucified on social media, especially Twitter, for the decision to let Matt DiBenedetto go from his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race team. DiBenedetto has given LFR more top fives in one year than it scored in its previous eight years of …

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This Ain’t Bermuda: Time for Pocono to Find Turn 4

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

For centuries, the Bermuda Triangle has proven a graveyard for the best of man and machine, both in the air and on sea. Some 1,100 miles to the northwest, the Pocono Raceway is doing its best impression of its more famous brethren, rendering the best efforts of some of the most proactive promotion and management …

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Win & You’re In — Probably (& Other Confusing Rules)

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After Chase Elliott‘s victory on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the never-ending playoffs discussion turned to his automatic eligibility for NASCAR’s postseason. Since this version of the champion selection process was announced, the talking heads on the idiot box have continuously spouted that a win in the regular season …

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A Fair Compromise

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

I confess that I’ve spent the better part of this week removed from the racing world. Only occasional motorsports stories like the rules package with potential elements of the 2021 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car being utilized in the upcoming Monster Energy All-Star Race have caught my eye for more than a fleeting glance. With …

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Fire On Fridays: William Byron Needs to Step Up With Chad Knaus

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. NASCAR drivers would do anything to work with a seven-time championship-winning crew chief. But the only one who gets to do it now besides Jimmie Johnson, is soon-to-be Hendrick Motorsports sophomore driver William Byron. Byron, the hyped-up rookie for Hendrick in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, is in the …

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Fire on Friday: The Roller Coaster Career of Kasey Kahne

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(Photo: John K. Harrelson / NKP)

Kasey Kahne‘s NASCAR career, for all intents and purposes, is now over. The fact that it’s happening in 2018 is borderline unfathomable given his quick success in the early stages of his career. Kahne busted through the door and said, “WHAT’S UP, EVERYBODY?” in 2004, earning 13 top fives and 14 top 10s en route …

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Fire on Friday: The Young Buck Stops Here


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So… about that younger generation that’s taking NASCAR by storm… yeah. That, well, didn’t happen this year. And it might’ve been a surprise to everybody besides the drivers themselves. Leading into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, nearly all the hype was surrounding the next wave of talent. Chase Elliott. Ryan Blaney. Bubba …

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Fire on Friday: Revive the Gillette Young Guns, Please

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My generation pretty much invented the term “Netflix and chill.” If you don’t know what that is by now, ask Siri. Everybody is streaming. Not just millennials. Say it with me: E-V-E-R-Y-B-O-D-Y. Movies, television shows, documentaries, sports, it’s all on demand, available to the customer based on their needs, wants and desires. Did anybody ask for …

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Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick: Domination We Haven’t Seen in Years

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Going into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, many knew who the guys to beat were going to be on a week-to-week basis. Some would’ve said defending MENCS champion Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson would be the top three. Others also believed Team Chevrolet would compete for wins week in …

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