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Two-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Bring in More Manufacturers?

2016 Las Vegas CUP Denny Hamlin Ryan Newman racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T Thacker/NKP)

Audi in NASCAR? It might just be a reality. It may have come out of the blue, but last week NASCAR CEO Brian France told SiriusXM that Toyota’s success of going from a startup in 2007 to Sprint Cup champions in 2015 to Daytona 500 victor in 2016 has other manufacturers intrigued about joining the …

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Friday Faceoff: So, Who Should Have Been Fined?

2016 Fontana CUP Trevor Bayne pack racing Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Both Kyle Busch and Cole Pearn faced penalties for post-race comments over the weekend, and Busch was ultimately fined and placed on probation for not meeting postrace media obligations. Penalties were considered but not given when Busch accused NASCAR of fixing the NXS race on his team radio while Pearn took to Twitter to sling …

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Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon Fastest in Friday XFINITY Auto Club Practices

2016 Atlanta NXS Kyle Busch car Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty NKP)

Kyle Busch continues his domination of the XFINITY Series by being fastest in the first practice session by half a second over the rest of the field. Meanwhile, Austin Dillon was fastest in the second practice session, but Busch’s presence was still felt. Practice 1 Busch’s second lap of his 23 ran in this session …

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Austin Dillon Fastest In Friday Cup Practice at Auto Club Speedway

2016 Las Vegas CUP Austin Dillon car John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

A mix of qualifying and race practice runs led to a rather different from the norm leaderboard in the Sprint Cup Series’ only practice session before qualifying. Leading the pack was Austin Dillon with a speed of 188.511 mph. In his third full time season, the driver of the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet is on track …

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Kyle Busch On Pole At Phoenix; Problems For Hendrick

2016 Daytona I CUP Kyle busch helmet Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

Kyle Busch ended Friday leading a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep of the top 3 positions in qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway. Busch, who won the pole turning a lap at 138.387 mph, won the 2005 fall race at PIR and has recorded 13 top 10s in 21 starts. It’s the Las Vegas native’s 18th career pole, …

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Kurt Busch Fastest In Opening Cup Phoenix Practice

2016 Daytona I CUP Kurt Busch car Nigel Knrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Kurt Busch was fastest in opening Sprint Cup Series practice at the Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 138.846 mph Friday morning. Busch, who won the 2005 spring race at Phoenix and also won last weekend’s pole at Las Vegas, beat Joey Logano’s lap with just under five minutes to go in the hour-and-a-half-long …

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Schulter-Systems to Sponsor Matt DiBenedetto at Phoenix

2015 Matt DiBenedetto Bank of America 500 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

BK Racing has announced a brand new sponsor for Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 83 Toyota. Schluter-Systems, a new sponsor to NASCAR, will be on the car at Phoenix Raceway this weekend. Schluter-Systems is a company that specializes in installation of ceramic and stone tiles. It currently has three offices in North America and over 400 …

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Friday Faceoff: Will Matt Kenseth Turn it Around?

2016 Las Vegas CUP Matt Kenseth Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Matt Kenseth, who entered the season as a title favorite, has yet to score a top-10 finish through three races.  Is it time for the No. 20 team to hit the panic button, or is the slow start just a bump in the road? Dustin Albino, Contributor: Matt Kenseth has had an opportunity to win …

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Two in a Row: Kurt Busch Captures Sprint Cup Pole at Las Vegas

2016 Daytona Unlimited CUP Kurt Busch Matthew T. Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker NKP)

Kurt Busch earned his second pole at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and his second straight after sitting on the pole last week at Atlanta. Busch clocked in ahead of Joey Logano with around two minutes remaining in the last around. His speed of 196.328 mph set a new track record. Busch is competing at …

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