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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Post-Michigan Edition

2016 Michigan I CUP Joey Logano confetti John HArrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

The racing weekend at Michigan and Texas gave fans plenty of variety. Youth showed us their talents, restarts were crazy, at least two of the finishes were well worth waiting for and then there was a special groundhog appearance. Just your normal racing weekend. HOT Sooner or later Joey Logano was going to win a …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Lower the Boom?

2016 Pocono I CUP Brad Keselowski pit stop Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

NASCAR said that Brad Keselowski will not be further penalized for body modifications mare to the No. 2 car during a pit stop at Pocono last weekend.  Was the in-race penalty enough, or should NASCAR take further action on teams who try to alter the body to create more speed? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Michigan Edition

2016 Pocono I CUP Ryan Blaney Jamie McMurray Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

This weekend at Pocono was the best of times and the worst of times. Yes, it was the Tale of Two Tracks, except that it was still the same place. But that’s how it goes on some late spring weekends in the eastern Pennsylvania mountains. HOT Kurt Busch became the latest driver to climb the …

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Friday Faceoff: Are the Toyotas Peaking Too Soon?

Daytona 500 Cup White Flag Matt Kenseth Martin Truex Jr 2016 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

The Coca-Cola 600 was among a handful of races to get poor reviews from fans, the majority of which have been night races.  Is it time for NASCAR to reconsider night racing on the schedule? Mark Howell, Senior Writer: If NASCAR wants to develop an audience of younger fans, tit needs to begin by attracting …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono Edition

2016 Charlotte I CUP MArtin Truex Jr confetti Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

The best day in auto racing gave us two differently distinct types of races, but the final results brought about similar feelings. There was awe in how a rookie could save so much fuel, snookering several top-notch IndyCar teams and competitors down the stretch. The awe we felt with Martin Truex, Jr. reaching Victory Lane was connected to dominance; …

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Friday Faceoff: What Should NASCAR Change About the All-Star Race?

2016 Charlotte All Star CUP Tony Stewart Kasey Kahne crash NIgel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The All-Star Race was met with mixed reactions. Should NASCAR try the same format next season or opt for one that’s easier to understand? Dustin Albino, Contributor: The concept was good, but the execution was awful. If it weren’t for Jamie McMurray cutting his tire causing a caution, I don’t think we would be having …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Charlotte Edition

2016 Charlotte All Star CUP Matt Kenseth crash John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

It’s no secret NASCAR’s All-Star Race wasn’t exactly an A+ effort last weekend. That said, let’s keep in mind all-star events for the other major U.S. sports have pretty much been duds for the last several years. The NFL’s Pro Bowl changes the rules to significantly decrease the chance for injury. In the NBA and NHL, …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Dover Live Edition

2016 Dover I CUP Matt Kenseth racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

A few times a year, I am fortunate enough to actually attend a NASCAR race in person and this weekend was one of those times. When you attend a NASCAR event, while the main attraction is the Sprint Cup race, there are plenty of other things that happen that make the experience either worth it …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Excessive Burnouts Put Teams on the Hot Seat?

2016 Kansas I CUP Kevin Harvick racing Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Three races into his return, Tony Stewart is making up some ground on 30th in points, the Chase cut-off for a driver with a win.  How likely does that win look for Stewart in the next 15 races? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I hate to say it, but not very likely. I think Stewart-Haas Racing/Hendrick Motorsports …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Dover Edition

2016 Kansas I CUP Kyle Busch burnout Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

NASCAR’s annual Mother’s Day Eve race gave us a mixed bag Saturday night. The low downforce package seemed to help the overall action at Kansas but as Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. proved throughout the night at this 1.5-mile oval the leader was hard to catch and even more difficult to pass. HOT Kyle Busch returned to …

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