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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 2010s, Pt. 1

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In June, I undertook a project to dig up every single movie-themed paint scheme that ever ran across NASCAR’s three touring series and, eventually, rank them. The weeks-long search yielded that exactly 100 films have been represented on stock cars throughout the years, ranging from The Wizard of Oz to Shazam. Unfortunately, 2020 became the …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Return to NASCAR in 2017?

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Time for another game of sifting through the long list of NASCAR national series drivers who didn’t make an appearance in 2017! After beginning this series in 2015 and continuing in 2016, this space will again chronicle the list of competitors who ran in one of the three NASCAR national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Mike Bugarewicz Guiding Tony Stewart in Final Chase Run

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Mike Bugarewicz’s career as a crew chief in NASCAR’s premier division was one that got off to a distinctive start. The longtime engineer was named three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart’s crew chief for his final full-time season heading into 2016. However, after Stewart was injured over the off-season in an off-road vehicle accident, …

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Entry List: Toyota Owners 400

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series makes its first visit to Richmond International Raceway for a scheduled day race since 1997 (Note: There have been multiple races run on Sunday afternoons since then, most recently last year, but they were all due to rainouts).  For this race, 41 cars have entered, meaning that someone could go …

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2-Headed Monster: Has Brian Vickers Earned More Races This Season?

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

Brian Vickers is somewhat of an enigma. He won the 2003 XFINITY Series championship and was subsequently promoted to the No. 25 team of Hendrick Motorsports. He underperformed in the car, winning just a single race during his three years with HMS – a victory that came at the expense of his teammate Jimmie Johnson, …

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Brian Vickers Happy to Be Back in Contention After Rough Road

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Zach Catanzareti

Brian Vickers captured a strong seventh-place result in Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway after showing stellar pace all weekend long at the Virginia short track. Following the opening six races of the Sprint Cup Series season, Vickers, subbing for an injured Tony Stewart, now has four starts in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. …

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Brian Vickers Tops Opening Cup Practice in Martinsville

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Zach Catanzareti

Brian Vickers topped opening practice for the Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway. Filling in for an injured Tony Stewart, Vickers ran a quick time of 19.485 seconds [97.182 mph] to edge ahead of Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano by a mere 0.019 seconds. Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson – one week removed from a …

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Brian Vickers Partners with Janssen to Race at Auto Club Speedway

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

After competing in two of the first four races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Brian Vickers will return to the No. 14 car at Auto Club Speedway. Vickers, 32, will run the No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing for the third time this year. After being approved by NASCAR and doctors to run …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Brad Keselowski Cashes in With Late-Race Pass to Win at Las Vegas

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(Photo: Matthew T Thacker / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – It had been 33 races since Brad Keselowski visited Victory Lane. Keselowski took the checkered flag first in Fontana last year in the fifth race of the season. On Sunday, he led the race three times but only led a total of 24 laps. The win put a third different manufacturer in …

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Four Burning Questions: Who Will Extend 2016 Top-10 Streaks in Las Vegas?

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HOW WILL RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING FARE IN VEGAS? Whether we were heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend or not, Richard Childress Racing was always bound to have a solid run. Following the first two races of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season at Daytona and Atlanta, Austin Dillon has a ninth and 11th while …

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