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Beside The Rising Tide: Two Day Only!

2017 Kansas II CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr John K Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John K. Harrelson/NKP)

And then, there were two. A few rambling thoughts as NASCAR heads off for Phoenix…. 33% Off This Weekend Only! After trial runs at Pocono, Indianapolis, Watkins Glen, and Martinsville, NASCAR plans to schedule more two-day race weekends starting next season. They prefer that we all refer to those shortened race weekends as “enhanced” but …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Keep it Simple, Stupid

Jeff Gordon, one of just two drivers to capture the sport's Winston Million. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The other night, I attended an informal dinner party with some close friends. They all know what I do for a living and yet they let me in anyway as long as I show up showered, shaved, and wearing shoes. Almost inevitably, the topic of NASCAR racing came up. (No, I didn’t broach the subject. …

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Beside the Rising Tide: The Wayback Machine

2016 Martinsville I CUP overhead view Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Nestled away in Southern Virginia, the tiny town of Martinsville is home to about 13,000 souls, though that number swells considerably two weekends a year. The town is just over 100 miles away from Mooresville, N.C. where most of the NASCAR Cup teams are now headquartered. Since 1949, the nation’s best stock car racers have …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Temporary Unreal Permanent Insanity

2017 Talladega II CUP DAle Earnhardt Jr Chase Elliott lead to green John K Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John K. Harrelson/NKP)

Sunday’s version of NASCAR insanity could drive anyone to drink. But, as it turns out, alcohol is the best way to shed light on one of stock car racing’s largest, lingering problems. Pennsylvania residents and visitors to the Keystone State are forced to pay an 18% tax on liquor by the bottle because of a …

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Beside the Rising Tide: A Hurricane Before I Go Insane

2016 Charlotte All Star CUP Jimmie Johnson pack racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Pour me something tall and strong, Make it a hurricane before I go insane, There’s only six races left to go, but I don’t care. Rain at a race track. It’s one of the biggest annoyances for race fans and one of the few that can’t be blamed on NASCAR management. The late Ben Blake …

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Beside The Rising Tide: ‘I Git A Round’


(Photo: Dustin Albino)

It’s been a tense three weeks as the first round of NASCAR’s First But Still the Best Ever Playoffs kicked off igniting a nationwide frenzy unlike anything since the Pet Rock. Tempers flared at water coolers around the country as employees loudly defended their picks to advance to the Round of 12 or belittled their …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Kind of a Drag

249 SteveTorrence Sunday Sonoma

(Photo: Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

Back in an era when lift kits and bull bars consumed a great deal of any mental exertion I managed daily, our tribal wisdom told me that when you find yourself continuously stuck in a rut, raise your rig up higher and get bigger tires. Nowadays, it’s not as easy to escape the comfortable little …

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Beside the Rising Tide: A Formula for Success?

2017 Indianapolis CUP Jimmie Johnson pack racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Ask the average American what the most popular sort of auto racing is worldwide and most of them will respond it has to be the NASCAR Cup Series. The trick word in the question is “worldwide,” though, and on the global stage, Formula One crushes NASCAR in terms of viewership. Some will already be rolling …

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Beside the Rising Tide: The Butterfly Effect

2017 Richmond II NXS sunset Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

In a NASCAR season full of bizarre incidents and happenstance, the incident at the entrance to pit road on lap 258 Saturday night at Richmond Raceway might have been the most unlikely. Even as race control opened pit road for a crucial series of stops, a wayward ambulance pulled to a stop, almost completely blocking …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s Got the Best Championship Battle?

NASCAR Xfinity Series action at Pocono Raceway, 2017 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

Subway announced last weekend it’s dropping its backing of Joe Gibbs Racing and Daniel Suarez after Suarez did a television segment holding a box of Dunkin’ Donuts doughnuts.  Does the negative attention the company’s gotten outweigh the reasoning behind the change? Michael Massie: Subway’s deal was with Carl Edwards, but it would have been labeled as …

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