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4 Burning Questions: Who Will Be in the Cup Playoffs?

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 400

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Who will be in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs? Last weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway marked the halfway point of the 26-race regular season. As such, it’s about time to take a step back and look at what the playoff picture will be, before the dog days of summer truly begin with …

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How Do We – & NASCAR – Move Forward from This Tumultuous Week?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Thankfully, race weekend is here, which means cars will be on track at Pocono Raceway and the insanity of the past week can take a pause. Never have I been so ready to put a week in the past. The rollercoaster of emotions since Sunday’s reported noose in the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall of Bubba …

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Fire on Fridays: An Emotionally Exhausting Week

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last Sunday, when the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway was scheduled to go green, feels like a year ago. The events that have transpired in between that scheduled race and now have been nothing short of emotionally exhausting. We’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly of society (and a whole heck of a …

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NASCAR Completes Its Talladega Bubba Wallace Investigation

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR has completed its investigation of a reported noose in the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall of Bubba Wallace found last weekend, NASCAR announced today, June 25. The announcement comes following the FBI’s revelation it had completed its own investigation on Tuesday, June 23. The rope was discovered by a Richard Petty Motorsports crew member last …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Someone Be Held Responsible for NASCAR’s Mishandling of Information in the Bubba Wallace Situation?

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This week has been a defining one in NASCAR. Sunday, a supposed heinous act of racism – a noose – was displayed in the garage. On Monday afternoon, the teams and the industry came together to support Bubba Wallace through a very turbulent time. Then on Tuesday we learned that the supposed and reported act …

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5 Points to Ponder: Double Trouble at Pocono Raceway

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

ONE: Double Trouble It’s another big weekend for our sport with a doubleheader scheduled for picturesque Pocono Raceway. This will be the first time in the modern era of NASCAR that a track has hosted back-to-back Cup races on consecutive days in keeping, perhaps, with this year of unprecedented change. We start out on Saturday …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Bumbles Bubba Wallace, #BlackLivesMatter Moment

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Did You Notice? … The noose supposedly put in Bubba Wallace’s No. 43 garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway this past weekend wasn’t placed there by someone after all? It had been sitting in the garage area the whole time. Since sometime in 2019, in fact. “The FBI report concludes, and photographic evidence confirms, that the garage …

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Bubba Wallace Interviewed on CNN After Talladega

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Bubba Wallace appeared on CNN Tuesday night to discuss the past few days’ events with anchor Don Lemon. A rope fashioned into a noose was found in the fourth garage stall — Wallace’s garage stall — at Talladega on Sunday afternoon, leading to an FBI investigation that was concluded on Tuesday (June 23). The investigation …

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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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