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Pace Laps: Hot Streaks, First-Time Winners and Unfinished Business

Sprint Cup: A Streak Ends on 22 for Kurt Busch: It was Sunday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway where a NASCAR record came to an end. That record, being owned by Kurt Busch, was the run of lead-lap finishes to start a Sprint Cup Series season. Coming into Bristol, Busch …

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Nitro Shots: What’s In It For Me?

Last week NHRA announced that Justin “Big Chief” Shearer would compete in the Pro Mod class at the U.S. Nationals with his “Crowmod” race car. The response has been, as you might expect, interesting. First, from the Shearer side of the equation, have come the complaints that Big Chief has sold out, cozying up to …

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Nitro Shots: The Female Factor

There seems to be a disconnect between the popularity of female drivers in contrast to their marketability that has never quite made sense. It has been the case across all  motorsports, not just in NHRA, but I was reminded of it again recently. Sending articles out through social media provides an informal analytic of popularity. Mention Leah Pritchett …

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Pace Laps: Stewart’s Top 5, NHRA’s Rain and Dakoda Armstrong’s Rise

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Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart ‘Making Something Out of Nothing’ With Top 5 at The Glen – There’s this saying that Tony Stewart rises like smoke during the slick summer months on the NASCAR schedule. Well, if this was featured in an episode of Mythbusters, this myth would be officially listed as ‘confirmed.’ After surviving the Watkins …

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Pace Laps: Rainy Day Blues, Record Setting Trucks & Late Model Success

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Sprint Cup: Another Drenched Day in Pocono – Pocono Raceway now holds a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record as the only track to have two rainouts in a single season. Needless to say, that’s not the record the 2.5-mile racetrack would hope to achieve, as Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 was postponed from Sunday afternoon to Monday …

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Nitro Shots: Signs of Growth

Over the last few years in motorsports, when someone lost a sponsor, it may or may not have been said outright, but you knew a team was on deathwatch. It didn’t matter how many times they put out announcements saying they were looking for new partners and were optimistic they’d find them. You just knew …

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Pace Laps: Colorful Finale for Gordon and Stewart, Summer Heat Hits the Brickyard and NHRA Action in Denver

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Sprint Cup: It’s a colorful finale for Gordon & Stewart – Though both Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart will be back next week at Pocono Raceway, Sunday’s Brickyard 400 will [or might] stand as their last races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With fans on their feet, both future Hall of Famers drove side-by-side on the …

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