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Power Rankings: Dirty Dozen Edition

Kevin Harvick racing with Kyle Busch in 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Bristol Night race, NKP

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Bristol Motor Speedway is considering importing dirt? If this isn’t an indictment of the current template for NASCAR as it applies to short track racing, I am not sure what else it would be. Since Speedway Motorsports Inc., has decided to add traction compound at the bottom of this track, the racing has gotten much …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Which Bristol Race Had More Cutoff Coverage?

2020 Bristol NXS Vinnie Miller Car NKP

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Both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series had cutoff races this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. In recent years, Bristol has either provided very exciting or very dull races. It was literally all over the place Friday and Saturday night. You had drivers running away and hiding at times, while there was side-by-side racing …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Does Better, Still Best At Bristol

2020 Bristol NCS Michael McDowell Car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog Being the top underdog each week can be a funny thing. Take for example Front Row Motorsports’ NASCAR Cup Series driver Michael McDowell. McDowell earned the proverbial best in class award for the second consecutive race at Bristol Motor Speedway last Saturday, Sept. 19, by finishing 10th. However, in the previous race at …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol

2020 Bristol NCS Kevin Harvick Checkers NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race? Kevin Harvick snagged his ninth NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway, but it didn’t come easy.  He absolutely earned the spoils, coming out on top of a great battle with Kyle Busch for the last 50 …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Jeb Burton Continuing to Work Hard to Nail Down Funding

Jeb Burton Daytona 2020

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As many know, in order to compete at a competitive level of NASCAR – and really all racing series – drivers need funding. Not many work harder to nail down sponsorship than Jeb Burton. Burton, now 28, had the world by his fingertips seven years ago when he was running full-time in the Gander RV …

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Grant Enfinger Has Found ‘Home’ at ThorSport Racing

2020 Daytona NGROTS Grant Enfinger Face NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last year, Grant Enfinger was the model of consistency in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, winning the regular season title and posting an average finish of 8.5. However, he failed to win any races and was eliminated from the playoffs when his Ilmor engine failed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This season, Enfinger’s …

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The Underdog House: Virginia Is for Lovers, Not Underdogs

2020 Richmond NCS Michael McDowell Racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog When covering underdog teams, there’s always a distinct possibility that looms over each and every race. That possibility is the potential for every Cinderella at the ball to wind up with a broken glass slipper. Or perhaps more appropriate, the ugly, well-funded stepsisters might steal all of the glass slippers. Such was the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Federated Auto Parts 400

2020 Richmond NCS Tyler Reddick Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Who… should you be talking about after the Federated Auto Parts 400? Brad Keselowski predicted earlier in the week that he would win at Richmond Raceway. The 2012 Cup Series champion made good on his word Saturday night (Sept. 12). Keselowski led four times for a total of 192 laps in the Federated Auto Parts …

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Austin Dillon Scores Second Straight Top Five: ‘I Just Want to Stay in the Moment’

Austin Dillon Richmond 2020

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It wasn’t a win, but a fourth-place run will more than do for Austin Dillon in Saturday night’s (Sept. 12) Federated Auto Parts at Richmond Raceway. The Southern 500 runner-up led five times for 55 laps, the most laps he’s ever led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race, and finds himself 36 points clear …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Rides Again In Darlington

2020DarlingtonNCSMichaelMcDowellCarNKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog Michael McDowell spent numerous weeks being highlighted in this category earlier in the season, as he and his Front Row Motorsports teammate John Hunter Nemechek divided most of the top finishes between themselves. Lately, things have taken a less favorable turn. Coming into Sunday’s event at Darlington Raceway, McDowell had finished outside the …

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