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NASCAR Mailbox: Does NASCAR Have a Communication Problem?

2021 Cup Atlanta II Joe Gibbs Racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Drivers seemed pissed off more than normal this weekend. Repave/reconfiguration at Atlanta, Next Gen safety concerns. Why the sudden anger? – Rick P., Salem, Ore. I’ve never seen Cool Hand Luke, but I know the quote from that movie that holds water and will for years and years to come in human society is this …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Quaker State 400

Tyler Reddick waits for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas to begin, May 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who … should you be talking about after the Quaker State 400? Kurt Busch has had moments this season where he looked stout but hadn’t been able to put a winning run together.  That ended Sunday (July 11) at Atlanta Motor Speedway where Busch was dominant in the Quaker State 400. He led three times …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Should Drivers Have Input With Track Changes?

NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speeday

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Road America being the latest in a long line of new tracks the Cup Series have visited this season, what do you think of the trend NASCAR is doing with visiting new venues? – Scott U., Madison, Wis. I love it. Change is good. Being in the minutiae of the sport, it’s hard to look …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Road America Presents Some Issues

Kyle Weatherman and Jeremy Clements race at Road America, July 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last weekend was an excellent time if you like road racing. NASCAR had the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series at Road America, while INDYCAR was at Mid-Ohio. Finally, you had IMSA at Watkins Glen. I’ll be honest and admit that literally nothing was there from the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen weekend. All but …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Was That a Good Race?

2021 Cup Charlotte Pack Racing - Erik Jones, No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

All right then. Was that a good race? Well, in this instance since this is being written several hours before the Road America race is scheduled to go green, I can’t answer that. But such is the question every week there is a race across Twitter, on countless message boards and forums and Monday mornings …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Jockey Made in America 250

Christopher Bell smiles with folded arms at 2021 NASCAR Cup race at Road America, SiriusXM sponsor, NKP

Christopher Bell (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who … should you be talking about after the race? He might have started 34th, but Chase Elliott was in front when it counted, taking the checkered flag for the second time in 2021. The win moves Elliott to third all-time in road-course wins (of course, there are more road courses on the schedule now) …

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NASCAR 101: Chip Ganassi Racing in NASCAR Through the Years

Ross Chastain at COTA

Ross Chastain on track at COTA (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

As of the checkered flag at Phoenix Raceway in November, the NASCAR operation at Chip Ganassi Racing will cease to exist. On June 30, Trackhouse Racing Team, which joined the sport this season with Daniel Suarez behind the wheel, announced it had purchased the entirety of CGR’s NASCAR assets, effective the end of the 2021 …

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What Ganassi Selling to Trackhouse Means for Each Party Involved

2021 Homestead Cup Ross Chastain Tyler Reddick racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A news bomb was dropped on the NASCAR world Wednesday afternoon (June 30), when Justin Marks and Chip Ganassi announced that Trackhouse Racing had purchased the charters and assets of Chip Ganassi Racing. Ganassi will leave the series after 21 years as an owner, while Marks’ team he co-owns with Pitbull, Trackhouse, is just getting …

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Did You Notice?: Team Penske Instability On the Rise with Brad Keselowski’s Departure

Roger Penske at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2020 (Photo: IndyCar Media)

Roger Penske (Photo by: Joe Skibinski, courtesy of IndyCar Media)

Did You Notice?… Team Penske has gone from 2021 championship contender to a team that’s struggling to keep up? A slow unraveling at Ford’s top organization this season has taken place since news broke Brad Keselowski would be leaving the team in 2022 to become an owner/driver at Roush Fenway Racing. When that story broke, on …

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Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Pocono Doubleheader

2021 Pocono I Cup Denny Hamlin pack racing Pocono Doubleheader weekend James Gilbert Getty

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Who … should you be talking about after the Pocono Doubleheader? Kyle Busch finally put an end to Hendrick Motorsports’ absurd dominance, finding a way to overcome a transmission that was stuck in fourth gear while saving enough gas to win the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 on Sunday (June 27). Busch had an exceptional …

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