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Kickin’ the Tires: Wrong Decision Not to Red-Flag Race Sooner

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With laps winding down in the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and heavy rain in the distance, NASCAR was faced with a tough decision on whether to red-flag the race at Bristol Motor Speedway with roughly 15 laps to go or try to clean the track quickly under yellow and get back to …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Frustration Reaches Boiling Point for Clint Bowyer in Texas

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Heading into 2015, each Sprint Cup Series team laid out their plans and performance  goals for the upcoming season and no one ever said, “we’re gonna suck.” No matter what level they rank in the performance pecking order, the picture was always bright, the flowers were blooming and rainbows filled the sky. Sadly, in order …

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Kickin’ the Tires: 1 Good Race Does Not A Season Make

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In a lot of ways, racing at Martinsville should be considered a wild card event. There are so many circumstances that could affect the outcome and give teams a false sense of security. For example, a pit road speeding penalty played a major role in keeping Jeff Gordon out of Victory Lane. That was a …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Understanding NASCAR’s Late Caution Calls

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Was there a piece of debris on the track that warranted NASCAR throwing a caution late in the race at Auto Club Speedway and, if so, who got screwed out of a win? Some fans might say NASCAR screwed Kurt Busch this week by throwing a caution and costing him the win – a win that …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Early Struggles Don’t Bode Well for Several Top Drivers

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With four races in the books for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season, there is already bubbling criticism about some teams going into crisis mode – take Tony Stewart for example. But other top drivers are not immune to poor finishes. Stewart is currently in 36th position, and while reporters aren’t supposed to have a favorite …

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Kickin’ the Tires: It’s time for NASCAR to #LetKurtReturn

A photo near the entrance of the infield media center in Las Vegas was the only indication of Kurt Busch's presence at his hometown track. Photo by Jerry Jordan/KickinTheTires.Net

For the first time in 15 years, a Sprint Cup Series race was held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway without a Busch brother being part of the action. With Kyle Busch recovering from a broken leg sustained in Daytona and Kurt Busch fighting for reinstatement following his suspension, the only indication the two brothers were …

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Inspection Chaos Casts Shadow Over NASCAR Qualifying Session

Jeff Gordon discusses qualifying inspection issues with fellow drivers Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Photo by Jerry Jordan

Jerry Jordan – KickinTheTires.Net HAMPTON, Ga. – If you missed ‘Inspection-gate’ because you were too focused on finding Travis Kvapil’s stolen No. 44 Sprint Cup Series car so you could score hot passes to every race of the year, there was another issue going on at Atlanta Motor Speedway that needs to be addressed going forward. …

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Kickin’ the Tires: SAFER barriers coming too late for Kyle Busch

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KickinTheTires.Net By Jerry Jordan DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In case you didn’t hear, Joey Logano won the Daytona 500. Not to take away from Logano’s victory, but it is hard to overlook the fact that two of NASCAR’s fiercest competitors were not in the race. Kurt Busch was out after being indefinitely suspended for “actions …

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Kickin’ The Tires: Knockout Qualifying Takes A Beating From Top Drivers

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Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson may like knockout qualifying for the Daytona 500, but those sentiments were not shared by most of their colleagues in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage. Gordon will lead the field to the green in his last-ever start in the sport’s biggest race – a scenario that couldn’t have been …

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