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Did You Notice?: Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR Brickyard 400 Can’t Run From COVID-19… Or Politics

Is Jimmie Johnson concerned yet? (credit: NKP)

Did You Notice?… Jimmie Johnson became the first NASCAR Cup Series driver to test positive for COVID-19? Johnson self-reported the news after getting a test shortly after his wife, Chandra, was suffering from allergy-like symptoms (she’s also tested positive). It’s still unclear how Johnson got the virus even though he’s been taking precautions. “My first priority … Read more

Did You Notice?: NASCAR Bumbles Bubba Wallace, #BlackLivesMatter Moment

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Did You Notice? … The noose supposedly put in Bubba Wallace’s No. 43 garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway this past weekend wasn’t placed there by someone after all? It had been sitting in the garage area the whole time. Since sometime in 2019, in fact. “The FBI report concludes, and photographic evidence confirms, that the garage … Read more

NASCAR Drivers Will Push Bubba Wallace’s Car to Front of Grid at Talladega, Stand in Solidarity

Bubba Wallace (right) greets Kirk Price (left), an official who kneeled for the National Anthem at Atlanta, before Wednesday nights race at Martinsville. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR drivers are making a statement Monday (June 22) at Talladega Superspeedway to back one of their own, Bubba Wallace. The day after a noose was found in Wallace’s garage stall, his peers are banding together against this racist act. Frontstretch’s Dustin Albino has learned that before today’s GEICO 500 at Talladega, all 39 competitors … Read more

Did You Notice?: 2020 NASCAR Drivers On The Hot Seat

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Did You Notice? … Each of the sport’s superteams this season has a driver who’s running behind the curve? 12 races into the year, 2020 has been a year of parity across the sport. Four drivers have already won twice (and Denny Hamlin has won three times). A total of five drivers are tied for the series lead … Read more

5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR Playoff Paybacks Piling Up

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ONE: Bristol Takes NASCAR All-Star Race … To Thunderous Applause On paper, a June 15 announcement the NASCAR All-Star Race would move to Bristol Motor Speedway next month was due to rising COVID-19 infections. North Carolina has seen a recent spike in cases, making it near impossible a mid-July event staged for the fans could actually … Read more

Did You Notice?: In NASCAR, Black Lives Matter? No Confederate Flag? A Sea Change in How the Sport is Run

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Did You Notice?… NASCAR, in just the past seven days, has enthusiastically joined the Black Lives Matter movement. Bubba Wallace, in a CNN appearance Monday night (June 8), said the sport needs to ban confederate flags, for decades a symbol of its southern roots. And Kirk Price, an African-American official, was celebrated, not criticized, as he … Read more

Did You Notice? Nice Guy Chase Elliott Getting Short End Of NASCAR Stick

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Did You Notice? Chase Elliott‘s most famous NASCAR moments are being on the losing end of battles with two Joe Gibbs Racing rivals? NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver is finding out no amount of screaming fans can keep him from being nudged out of the way in crunch time. The second incident occurred Wednesday night (May 20) … Read more

Did You Notice?: Rick Ware Racing Latest Consolidation of Dwindling NASCAR Ownership

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Did You Notice? … Rick Ware Racing suddenly has more NASCAR Cup Series team alliances than Joe Gibbs Racing? The underdog operation has agreed in principle to a purchase of Premium Motorsports. FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass reported the move in a Twitter post Wednesday that consolidates the back half of the Cup garage. Had a … Read more

One Last NASCAR Comeback: Can Matt Kenseth Defy the Odds at Age 48?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography) Friday 23 June 2017 Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing, DEWALT Flexvolt Toyota Camry World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker NKP

Matt Kenseth dropped a NASCAR bombshell Monday (April 27) by announcing another comeback. He’ll drive Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 in place of the banished Kyle Larson and run full-time once again at age 48. NASCAR typically doesn’t grant playoff waivers for drivers who voluntarily missed the season’s first four races, but chances are they’ll let Kenseth become championship-eligible.

One N-word, One NASCAR Career Self-Destructed by Kyle Larson

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Kyle Larson spent much of the past decade hyped as NASCAR’s next great breakout superstar. Easter Sunday, in a matter of seconds, he broke through — as that driver who said the N-word. In just one sentence, the earthquake attached will forever rattle Larson’s career resume. Will NASCAR’s 2020 momentum wind up fractured along with … Read more

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