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It’s Official: Max Verstappen Is World Driver’s Champion

2021 Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton start overtakes Verstappen Peter Fox Getty

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After hours of deliberation, the FIA has ruled not to uphold protests by Mercedes-AMG Petronas, giving both the race win and the World Driver’s Championship to Max Verstappen. To make a long story short, Lewis Hamilton was leading Verstappen by 11 seconds with just a handful of laps to go when a full course safety …

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No More Burning Questions: The Last Dance

2021 Dover Cup Brad Keselowski NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This season marked the conclusion of Brad Keselowski’s tenure at Team Penske. The event marks a turning point for a team and a driver who, regardless of what their futures hold, will forever be linked together in the eyes of the history of American stock car racing. After a surprise victory in 2009 at Talladega …

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4 Burning Questions: Who’s Saying Goodbye After 2021?

2021 Kansas I Cup Ross Chastain Kurt Busch racing NKP

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Who will win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship? John Hunter Nemechek enters Phoenix Raceway with the most wins on the season but as the fourth seed after just barely getting to this round after a late crash at Martinsville Speedway. Nemechek is probably the most aggressive driver of these four and will do …

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2 Burning Questions: What Is The State Of NASCAR?

Bubba Wallace leads a pack of cars at Martinsville Speedway, April 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What is the state of NASCAR? This year was the year of the charter. A system that once had Bob Pockrass saying publicly that a team could find a charter in the dumpster after the season has ballooned and become the vision that the RTA and Rob Kauffman envisioned when implementing it. Has the charter …

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2-Headed Monster: Has NASCAR Lost Its Stranglehold on American Motorsports?

Formula One COTA NASCAR 2021

Mercedes on track at COTA, 2021 United States Grand Prix, Friday (credit: LAT Images / Mercedes F1)

Unless you were under a rock this weekend, you couldn’t have missed the buzz of the Formula One race at Circuit of the Americas. The event, which spanned across four days, had a reported 400,000 people in attendance, including 150,000 people on raceday. It was an eye-opening experience for many in the motorsports world. NASCAR …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Formula 1 or NASCAR Win the Ratings Battle?

2020 Kansas playoff Cup race, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch lead the pack coming off a turn, Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who will come out on top between F1 and NASCAR? This Sunday will mark a big test for Formula 1 as it goes head-to-head with the NASCAR Cup Series race on cable, and the National Football League when it comes to television in general. Before the speculation, it should be obvious that NASCAR will outdraw …

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4 Burning Questions: Who’s Gonna Drive for JGR in Xfinity Next Year?


(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What was the takeaway from the Next Gen NASCAR Cup Series car testing this week? One big takeaway from the past week of NASCAR Cup Series news is that the days of the small stroker teams may well be coming to a close. Sure, there will always be big teams and small teams, and the …

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Slipstream Saturday: Lewis Hamilton Earns Pole, to Start 11th After Penalty

Lewis Hamilton

(Photo: LAT Images via Mercedes AMG F1 Media)

A wild P3, Q1, and Q2 on a somewhat wet racetrack ended with a more ho-hum Q3 at the Turkish Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton qualified on the pole but will start the race in 11th after a 10 place grid penalty due to the Mercedes team installing a new internal combustion engine to their power …

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4 Burning Questions: It’s the Great Peacock, Charlie Brown!

Chase Elliot leads a pack of cars in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Will the NASCAR Cup Series eventually exclusively have races on Peacock? This week NBC revealed it will be streaming the final three Cup races of the season on Peacock. The move comes after a fiasco last week when NBC reportedly attempted to force Youtube TV to bundle Peacock as part of all of its packages. …

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4 Burning Questions: IRP Makes a Comeback

2011 Lucas Oil IRP Trucks pack racing Russell LaBounty Autostock

(Photo: Russell LaBounty Autostock via Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What schedule changes will there be for 2022? The biggest and most unexpected news of the NASCAR schedule announcements for the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck series was the surprise that the Trucks are returning to Lucas Oil Raceway. The short track, referred to by many as IRP due to its previous name Indianapolis …

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