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Aric Almirola ‘Knocking the Cobwebs Off’ in Return New Hampshire Weekend

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

After what doctors told Aric Almirola in May, the situation could not have healed better. Following a hard crash that caused a fractured vertebra in his back at Kansas Speedway, Almirola was told he would be out of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing for eight weeks at best. Wouldn’t you know, the Florida native …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Aric Almirola Struggle to Compete in 2017?

Aric Almirola (Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Will Aric Almirola Struggle to Compete at Loudon and Beyond? In the last eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, there have been four different drivers in the No. 43. But this one is the name that has been on the windshield all along. Aric Almirola is back in action for Sunday’s Overton’s 300 at …

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Aric Almirola Returning to Richard Petty Motorsports at Loudon

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The name sitting on top of the No. 43 car will make the driver’s identity for the first time since Kansas Speedway. Aric Almirola will make his return to NASCAR competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. The Florida native will step behind the wheel of the No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports for …

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5 Points to Ponder: Ch-ch-changes

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The Track Side interviews: First up, this week, a quick word about NBC’s new “trackside” winner interviews conducted on the frontstretch immediately post-burnout. My quick take is they’re excellent, and it’s a tremendous addition to the overall broadcast. Why? Primarily because it’s a chance to see some raw emotion from the winning driver before they’ve …

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Overton’s 301 Entry List

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

This weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to New England and “The Magic Mile” for the Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. There are 39 cars on the preliminary entry list, meaning the field will not be at full capacity once again. There aren’t many changes for this week, but there are a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kentucky was Martin Truex Jr.’s World; Everyone Else was Looking for a Nut

(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – Just over a year ago, Martin Truex, Jr. turned the Coca-Cola 600 into his own personal playground. Saturday wasn’t that level of dominant, but it was close. Truex has been very strong on 1.5-mile tracks since the marriage of Joe Gibbs Racing and Furniture Row Racing at the beginning of 2016, …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Aging Ownership

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR has struggled to bring new owners to the track this season? Through 17 races, only 43 different cars have made an attempt to qualify. That’s easily the smallest number in modern NASCAR history for the Cup Series. Just a decade ago, the starting grid was 43, not 40 while 48-50 cars were …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Survives the Daytona Pandemonium For Second Career Victory

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Who’s in the headline – It took Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 157 races to visit Victory Lane for the first time. It only took eight more to make a return trip. Stenhouse made a late-race pass coming to the white flag and held off the competition to lead the final two laps to score the victory. …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Daytona Races Can Be Deceiving

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR races at Daytona can be deceiving? The sport’s Super Bowl, February’s Daytona 500 is known as a race whose winner rarely competes for the series title. Only Jimmie Johnson (2006 & 2013) has accomplished the feat since 1998. There’s a lot of reasons Daytona winds up so different than the rest …

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Entry List: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero 400

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Daytona this weekend for the Coke Zero 400. The entry list for the race has been released and there’s a number of notable changes after the road course event at Sonoma last weekend. A full field of 40 cars will contest the 160-lap, 400-mile race that’ll be broadcast …

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