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Inside Texas Motor Speedway’s Parity Streak

2014 Texas II CUP Jimmie Johnson guns CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2014)

If you could sum up all of the changes that NASCAR has made to the cars, the series, the rules in the last 15 years in one word, it would be parity. It’s no fun to see one driver dominate the win column like Jeff Gordon did in the 1990s. It’s no fun to see …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Has Turned a Corner in 2016?

2016 Daytona I CUP Clint Bowyer AJ Allmandinger racing MAtthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Hacker NKP)

After strong performances to start the season, AJ Allmendinger is currently 12th in driver points, in position to make the Chase if he can maintain.  Is JTG Daugherty Racing poised to repeat the success of fellow single-car team Furniture Row Racing? Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: The team very well could make the Chase on consistency. …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Teammates Race Each Other Differently?

Martinsville Keselowski Harvick Busch Pit Road 2015 Cup Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

“Man, that Dillon kid and that wears-his-heart-on-his-sleeve Menard guy are going at it again.” That seemed to be the big storyline of the Martinsville race last weekend. Austin Dillon and Paul Menard just kept going back and forth, roughing each other up in the corners and cussing the other out on the radio. Typical short …

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Kyle Busch Warned Following Martinsville Victory

Kyle Busch Confetti Martinsville Cup 2016 Mike Neff

Two teams were warned following the Martinsville race weekend, including Sprint Cup Series winner Kyle Busch, for issues found during inspection. Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 team was warned for failing pre-race inspection twice. He failed the laser inspection portion of the process. Busch started seventh and led 352 laps en route to his …

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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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Two-Headed Monster: Is the New Race Package Living Up to Expectations?

2016 Las Vegas CUP Ryan Blaney pack racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

The 2016 season has started with a bang for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – but is it due to the new low-downforce package? Four of the five Sprint Cup races contested so far in 2016 have been run with the new low-downforce package – Daytona used the typical restrictor plate setup – and it looks …

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Friday Faceoff: Good Races or Good Finishes?

2016 Phoenix I CUP Kasey Kahne Ryan blaney racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

After Martin Truex, Jr. said that his team would communicate with suspended crew chief Cole Pearn via FaceTime at Phoenix International Raceway, NASCAR announced it’s looking for way to limit communication with suspended crew members.  Is this something that needs to be done, or is remote communication enough of a hindrance on its own? Mark Howell, …

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Two-Headed Monster: Is Kyle Busch’s Win Count as Impressive as it Sounds?

2016 Atlanta NXS Kyle bUSch chekered flag Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Well folks, he did it again: XFINITY Series career win No. 79, national series win No. 157. And he’s only 30. It’s no secret that Kyle Busch is a polarizing driver. He’s been both brash and mellow. He’s called NASCAR out about the cars and lack of SAFER barriers. He’s bumped to the win, he’s …

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