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Ty Dillon: ‘It was Frustrating that I Was Not Getting the Opportunity with My Family Team’

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Growing up around fast cars and burning rubber, Ty Dillon has finally made it full-time to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, yet it didn’t come without some adversity. Entering his rookie campaign, Dillon already had a half-year of experience in the Cup Series, giving him a leg up on Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones, his …

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Austin Cindric Leans on Team Penske Drivers for Advice in Rookie Season

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As the Camping World Truck Series season is set to begin at Daytona International Speedway, Brad Keselowski Racing is entering a new era, putting two full-time rookies into its truck lineup. Austin Cindric, 18, still attending high school in Concord, NC, is replacing Daniel Hemric who moved up to the XFINITY Series with Richard Childress …

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Double Take: The Tale of the No. 44

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Although Brian Scott in his retirement statement on Thursday claimed that his No. 44 Ford is “a new team”, the reality is that the Richard Petty Motorsports ride enjoys one of the most interesting lineages currently seen in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage. Recently, the team has underperformed, failing to tally a top-20 finish in …

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Double Take: Will NASCAR’s New XFINITY, Truck Limitations Actually Do Anything?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

This week, NASCAR changed the rules on Sprint Cup Series driver eligibility in the XFINITY Series and the Camping World Truck Series. After years of no involvement with an issue many criticized the sport for, NASCAR finally sprung into action. But make no mistake, these rules aren’t going to change anything. Of the five Sprint …

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Double Take: Jeffrey Earnhardt Not Only One Carrying on Legacy Sunday

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For a few months it looked like one of the most iconic names at Talladega Superspeedway would be absent from this weekend’s festivities. The Earnhardt name has a long and rich history at the facility, one that has won over 20 races in several different series over the past three decades. However, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s concussion …

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Double Take: Past Kansas Winners’ Chances Come 2016

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Sort of an interesting stat: In recent memory, Kansas Speedway has been dominated by drivers still driving in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase. Save for Jeff Gordon’s win in the 2014 spring race, current Chase drivers can lay claim to all checkered flags at the 1.5-mile track since 2011. That’s right, all but Gordon are still …

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Double Take: Yes, There Is Life Outside of the Chase

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Much of the conversation in NASCAR right now is focused on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase field, and rightfully so. After all, one of those 16 drivers will end the season with the series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But hey, look, there are still 24 other drivers who will take the green flag in Sunday’s race …

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Double Take: Hendrick Motorsports’ Toyota Coup

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

With William Byron announcing he’ll be racing for JR Motorsports in 2017, it sent shockwaves through the sport. Few expected this, Byron jumping ship from Kyle Busch Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing. He seemed on pace to become the next Erik Jones, following his slightly older teammate into Cup via JGR or a Toyota alliance. But …

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Double Take: A Chris Buescher-Inspired ‘Where Are They Now?’

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When Chris Buescher was declared the winner of the Pennsylvania 400 on Monday, he joined an elite list of drivers as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner. He is the 185th different winner in Cup history, and his win was the fourth ever for the No. 34, his car number. In honor of Buescher’s first-ever …

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Double Take: 22 Hendrick Drivers Played Part in Getting to 1,000 Top 5s

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

You may have heard that Hendrick Motorsports is just one top 5 away from 1,000 in the Sprint Cup. Just take a moment and let that sink in: Hendrick Motorsports has placed a driver in the top 12.5 percent of the field on 999 occasions. Its most-accomplished driver, Jeff Gordon, has only raced 797 races in …

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