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Fire on Fridays: Michael Annett? Not Half Bad

Michael Annett celebrates his win on the side of his car at 2019 Daytona NASCAR Xfinity race, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The conversation around pay drivers in NASCAR has not gone away in recent years. In fact, it’s probably gotten louder. And it’s mostly negative when brought up. While a driver like Josh Berry has found success in 2021 on driver talent alone thanks to JR Motorsports being able to piece together a partial season in …

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Fire on Fridays: Lower-Series Drivers Who Deserve Late-Season Call-Ups

Ty Gibbs smiling at 2021 Michigan NASCAR Xfinity race, holding a Monster drink, Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This would’ve been easier before 2020. Back in the days of qualifying before every NASCAR race (remember those?), anyone approved by NASCAR could show up to a track on the national series schedule and try to put their car in the show. Whether they should’ve been there was of little importance; as long as they …

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Ty Gibbs Starting From Pole at ARCA Milwaukee Race

2021 Road America Cup Ty Gibbs NKP

#81: Ty Gibbs, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra Monster Energy

Ty Gibbs is back on the pole for an ARCA Menards Series race yet again, starting from first for today’s (Aug. 29) Sprecher 150 at the Milwaukee Mile. Gibbs qualified first for the combination race with the ARCA Menards Series East with a lap of 122.641 mph. He leads Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith, …

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Fire on Fridays: Who’s Actually Got a Shot at the Cup Playoffs?

Matt DiBenedetto Tyler Reddick talk Watkins Glen

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s somewhat fitting that this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway has an elimination factor. After all, that’s usually the case at the season-opening Daytona 500, when the pre-race Duels set the lineup and a certain number of cars (four in 2021) are left on the sidelines come the big race on …

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Jesse Iwuji, NFL Legend Emmitt Smith Starting Xfinity Team

2021 Las Vegas I trucks Jesse iwuji racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Emmitt Smith is planning to move into the world of NASCAR ownership. Smith will partner with NASCAR driver Jesse Iwuji on a NASCAR Xfinity Series team in 2022, NBC Sports reports. Jesse Iwuji Motorsports will feature Iwuji in the driver’s seat. Iwuji has five Xfinity starts, one coming in 2021, with a best finish of …

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Sage Karam Making Xfinity Debut at Indianapolis


(Photo: Joe Skibinski/IndyCar Media)

Sage Karam will make his NASCAR debut later this year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Jordan Anderson Racing announced July 26. Karam will drive Anderson’s No. 31 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. “It has always been a dream of mine to be able to compete at this level with some of the world’s …

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Fire on Fridays: Where Does Matt DiBenedetto Go Now?

Matt DiBenedetto

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

I love to imagine Roger Penske sitting down a few weeks ago, opening the illustrious NASCAR website Frontstretch on his browser, reading this article and saying, “Well, that settles it. Time to make a call.” To be clear, much of the last paragraph is said in jest. Roger Penske does not read Frontstretch. Frontstretch is anything …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Track Should Be Considered Untouchable?

2021 Atlanta I Cup Ryan Blaney Wins NKP

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Atlanta Motor Speedway is the latest track making changes to its layout and/or design. What track should be next? Which one should absolutely remain untouched? Trenton Worsham: New Hampshire Motor Speedway or another mile-and-a-half. I don’t like how flat NHMS is, and it’d be cool to make each mile-and-a-half unique. Tracks to not touch would be …

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