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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Will Silly Season 2017 Be Crazy?

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Summer in NASCAR is a time when teams can either thrive or slump under the sun, and those without wins begin to sweat a little when they look at the playoff scenario.  Teams see tracks for a second time and some find that something they need. Others coast a bit, seeing what works and making …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Ryan Blaney’s Patience Put to Another Test At Charlotte

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Ryan Blaney spent Sunday evening behind the wheel of an iconic race car, trying to find Victory Lane in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing machine. Entering Charlotte with a fourth-place finish at Kansas Speedway and a win in the second stage of the Monster Energy Open, Blaney had started to turn around from three …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Johnson’s All-Star Impact Came After the Checkered Flag

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Usually, you take what a defeated racer says after the race with a grain of salt.  He’s hot, he’s tired, he’s frustrated.  Sour grapes abound on his vocal vine. But when the frustrated words come from a seven-time champion who rarely says a negative word about anyone, let alone the NASCAR hand that feeds him, …

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Even After Injury, Aric Almirola Has Reason to Smile

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

In NASCAR, two seconds is an eternity.  Two seconds behind the leader is a distant second place.  Two seconds is the difference between a good pit stop and a slow one.  Two seconds is plenty of time to avoid a crash. Two seconds is also the amount of time that can change everything. Aric Almirola …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: No Charlotte Fall Night Race? No Problem

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

NASCAR announced Thursday (April 20) that the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be moved from its original position as a night race Oct. 7 to the afternoon of Oct. 8. The move looks to help spruce up competition by making it a day race at a track traditionally super sensitive to temperature …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Room to Move

Goodyear Tires ready for NASCAR action. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

As elusive as the printed form is, NASCAR has rules.  Sports in general have policies covering everything from how the game is played to how players dress for competition.  The rules put the competition on equal ground, at least to start. There are good teams and those who don’t perform as well, but they’re playing …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Stage Racing Changes the Game In a Good Way

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The checkered flag flew at Martinsville Speedway as the sun dipped below the grandstand, lengthening the shadows over the backstretch.  Brad Keslowski took his victory lap as the rest of the field pulled onto pit road, battered and bruised (both cars and egos). Teams rolled their cars back onto the haulers in elation or frustration …

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Hysteria vs. Hypocrisy: ‘Boys Have At It’ Rubs Some the Wrong Way

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

Between the fisticuffs on pit road, on-track contact and post-race inspection infractions the last two weeks, the reaction by fans and media members has run the gamut from hysteria to hypocrisy. Many jeered when Kyle Busch walked up to Joey Logano and threw a phantom right cross, while others cheered as the No. 22 crew dragged …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: 2 Decades and That Day

It’s hard for me to believe it will be 20 years this summer since the day that irrevocably changed me, but there it is. Almost half my life, though I’d like to fib and say it’s been most of it, or something, because otherwise I feel old. I was a couple years out of school …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR’s Game-Changer That Doesn’t Change the Game

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Raise your hand if NASCAR’s announcement on Monday left you a little shocked and confused. Oh, good, so it’s not just me. Segmented races? Championship points?  Playoff points?  It’s enough to make you wring your hands in despair. It’s certainly going to take some time to digest and learn who gets points for what and …

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