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Couch Potato Tuesday: Broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr. Comes to Play in Joliet

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moved over to NBC Sports this past weekend for the rest of the 2018 season.  With that move comes some changes in production coverage, philosophy and talent. But the tweak everyone cares about, more than any other this decade is the addition of Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the booth …

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Beside the Rising Tide: A Heat Wave of NASCAR Random Thoughts

Today’s column (July 3) is based on empirical and indisputable fact. As I write this column at 10 o’clock Monday morning, it’s already 89 degrees and so humid you couldn’t strike a kitchen match. The G key on my keyboard sticks a little and my left index finger is sweating trying to type those Gs. …

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Pace Laps: Beating the Heat at Chicagoland Speedway

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Aric Almirola’s Stellar Run Derailed Lost in the excitement of the race finish in which Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson used every inch of the track – and each other – in an epic last-lap battle is Aric Almirola’s stellar run. For the first time since Daytona, the driver of …

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Tracking the Trucks: Brett Moffitt Snags Chicagoland Victory

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

In a Nutshell: Just days ago, Brett Moffitt thought he would be sitting out Friday night’s Overton’s 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, and instead he was the one celebrating in Victory Lane after the checkered flag flew. Taking advantage of a last-lap pass on John Hunter Nemechek, who ultimately ended up running out of fuel and …

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Brett Moffitt Steals the Victory in Chicago

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is absolutely unpredictable. From the level of Brett Moffitt being at the track this weekend to the improbable last lap. The stars lined up for Moffitt as he stole his third victory of the season. Last lap HEROICS!!! @Brett_Moffitt wins at @ChicagolndSpdwy! Thank you @fr8auctions!! pic.twitter.com/GVg0qAmVGV — Hattori Racing …

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Brett Moffitt Secures Fr8 Auctions Sponsorship for Chicagoland

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Camping World Truck Series driver Brett Moffitt was unsure if his Hattori Racing Enterprises team would be able to run the full schedule this season. But Wednesday afternoon (June 27), HRE announced that they have received sponsorship from Fr8 Auctions and Northland Foundation, meaning the No. 16 Toyota Tundra will race at Chicagoland Speedway in …

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Truckin’ Thursday: Justin Haley, the First-Time Winner Shouldnʻt Surprise You

Justin Haley (Photo: NKP)

Haley A Star On The Rise Justin Haley picked up his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park. Interestingly enough, Haley is the first driver to earn their initial Truck win at the 1.25 mile oval in Madison, Ill. Despite being only 19 years old, Haley is merely …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Closes Out Cup Schedule with Rough Sonoma

In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, road races have become must see TV over the past few years.  Bumping and banging was the norm and drivers seemed to be more willing to root and gash than on short tracks. Then, stage racing showed up. Our own Bryan Gable wrote this week about how they’ve …

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Justin Haley Scores 1st Win at Gateway Motorsports Park

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

After coming up short several times this season, Justin Haley finally parked it in Victory Lane in the Camping World Truck Series. The Winamac, Ind. native held off a hard charge from Todd Gilliland and Johnny Sauter to win the Eaton 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday night (June 23), his first career victory. “I’ve …

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Christian Eckes and Brett Moffitt Lead Gateway Friday Practices

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

The Toyotas of Christian Eckes and Brett Moffitt led the way in Friday’s practice sessions at Gateway. NASCAR had three practice sessions slated for Friday but rain forced NASCAR to reschedule final practice for Saturday morning. Even with the uncooperative weather, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series still got a chance to show their stuff …

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