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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX, NASCAR Come Face-to-Face With a Social Crisis

A pack of NASCAR Cup race cars at Talladega, June 2020. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last weekend was … something else. NASCAR found itself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Thankfully, the noose in the garage was found not to have been intentionally planted there for intimidation purposes. That said, it was there. I checked my photos from last October in Talladega to see if I noticed anything. …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What’s Up With Matt Kenseth?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Since NASCAR returned to the track just over one month ago, we have seen some drivers show signs of improvement compared to before the break and others plummet in performance. Matt Kenseth came off the sidelines to drive the No. 42 for Chip Ganassi Racing, but it has not been all fun and games. He …

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FBI Investigation Finds No Federal Crime Committed in Bubba Wallace Noose Incident

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After an investigation of the reported noose found in Bubba Wallace‘s garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway last weekend, the FBI has concluded that “no federal crime was committed” and that the noose had been in that stall since 2019, the FBI and NASCAR announced Tuesday, June 23. The rope tied into the shape of a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 GEICO 500 at Talladega

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The Headline(s): It’s more than plausible that the best car won on Monday, as Ryan Blaney earned his first checkered flag of 2020, fourth of his career and second in a row at Talladega Superspeedway. The No. 12 Team Penske Ford led 63 of 191 laps, the most of anybody in the field, and edged …

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NASCAR, Bubba Wallace Confronting Unsettling Symbols From the Past

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In 1960, C.Vann Woodward, the esteemed Southern scholar, remarked, “It would take a blind sentimentalist to mourn their passing.” The passing Woodward addresses has to do with all manner of Southern customs, from the statues that dot the region to the lynching bee. Yes, that’s right, there used to be something called a lynching bee …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Bubba Wallace, an Activist Off the Track, Improving on Track

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Talladega Superspeedway, home to some of the best finishes in NASCAR history. Also home to surprise underdog stories. But this weekend, it will be remembered as one of the most important in NASCAR history. 6 Arguably, one of the darkest nights in NASCAR history happened on Sunday night (June 21), when the sanctioning body made …

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Ryan Blaney Fumigates the Field on Fumes for the GEICO 500 Win

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It took overtime to do it, but Ryan Blaney secured his first win of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season in thrilling fashion, narrowly edging out Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to claim the checkered flag for the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway by just .007 seconds. It was the fourth career Cup Series win for Blaney …

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NASCAR Drivers Will Push Bubba Wallace’s Car to Front of Grid at Talladega, Stand in Solidarity

Bubba Wallace (right) greets Kirk Price (left), an official who kneeled for the National Anthem at Atlanta, before Wednesday nights race at Martinsville. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR drivers are making a statement Monday (June 22) at Talladega Superspeedway to back one of their own, Bubba Wallace. The day after a noose was found in Wallace’s garage stall, his peers are banding together against this racist act. Frontstretch’s Dustin Albino has learned that before today’s GEICO 500 at Talladega, all 39 competitors …

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Noose Found In Bubba Wallace Garage Stall at Talladega; NASCAR Confirms FBI Investigation

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR released upsetting news Sunday (June 21) from Talladega Superspeedway after a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace’s No. 43 car. The news broke just before 11 p.m. but the discovery was made that afternoon. Officials responded with a statement vowing to identify any individuals involved in the act as soon …

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Did You Notice?: 2020 NASCAR Drivers On The Hot Seat

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … Each of the sport’s superteams this season has a driver who’s running behind the curve? 12 races into the year, 2020 has been a year of parity across the sport. Four drivers have already won twice (and Denny Hamlin has won three times). A total of five drivers are tied for the series lead …

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