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NASCAR Mailbox: How Important Is Kansas for Stewart-Haas Racing?

2021 Martinsville I Cup Cole Custer Chase Briscoe NKP

#41: Cole Custer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang HaasTooling.com, #14: Chase Briscoe, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Rush Truck Centers

Where does Brad Keselowski line up in the pantheon of superspeedway racers all-time? – Uriah O., Rochester Hills, Michigan He’s on the Mount Rushmore for me, that’s for sure. I never was able to see Dale Earnhardt Sr. work his Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway magic (10 and three wins, respectively), but I’ve seen …

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NASCAR 101: 2020 Playoff Drivers on the Outside Looking In

Aric Almirola Pit Boss car at 2021 spring Phoenix Cup race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Although we are just seven races into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series campaign, the playoffs are already coming into focus. By winning a race, seven drivers have already locked themselves into the postseason if there are no more than 16 winners in the regular season of course. Three of those seven did not make the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta

2021 Atlanta I Cup Ryan Blaney Victory Lane NKP

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

What happened? Ryan Blaney won the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday (March 21) after passing Kyle Larson with eight laps to go for the victory. Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-five finishers. RETWEET to congratulate @Blaney on his first win of 2021! …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Brad Keselowski car with Dent Wizard paint scheme at Homestead 2021 Cup Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After a couple of weeks out west, the NASCAR Cup Series travels to the Peach State for the 2021 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Get your fantasy NASCAR DraftKings rosters ready for this 325-lap event down in Georgia, televised by Fox beginning on Sunday, March 21 at 3 p.m. ET. Atlanta …

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NASCAR Mailbox: First Michael Jordan, Now LeBron James?

2021 Phoenix I Cup Chris Buescher pack racing NKP

#17: Chris Buescher, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Mustang Roush Performance, #8: Tyler Reddick, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro

With LeBron James buying into the Boston Red Sox (and Fenway Sports Group), could we see him become involved with Roush Fenway Racing at all? – Anita P., Loudon, NH Let’s get this out of the way first: in no way do I think LeBron James bought into the Red Sox so he could have …

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Friday Faceoff: Can Anything Be Done to Enhance Competitors’ Mental Health?

2019 Las Vegas I CUP Ty Dillon NKP

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Ty Dillon’s recent podcast is another example of the mental toll racing can take. Is there anything NASCAR or teams can do to alleviate it, or is the intense stress an inevitability? Mark Kristl: Professional athletes always face pressure. If they do not perform well enough, they become unemployed. It is partly why athletes retire …

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Cole Custer’s Crew Chief Mike Shiplett Suspended for 1 Race

Cole Custer car in 2021 cup Daytona 500 Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Several penalties from the past weekend’s races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway were handed down, including a one-race suspension and $20,000 fine for Cole Custer’s crew chief Mike Shiplett, NASCAR announced Tuesday, March 9. The No. 41 team was in violation of Section, which is the section that deals with missing lug nuts. Custer, …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR Chemistry Matters, Stewart-Haas Racing Slump Deepens & More

Kevin Harvick and Cole Custer race at Daytona International Speedway February 2021 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

ONE: Stewart-Haas Racing Slump Gets Deeper Kevin Harvick sat on the pole for Sunday’s (March 7) Pennzoil 400 driving his No. 4 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing. It was a great position to assert himself up front at a Las Vegas Motor Speedway track he led 92 laps at last March. Instead? Harvick never led a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas

2021 Cup Las Vegas I Larson Winner NKP

Kyle Larson celebrates Las Vegas victory (Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened? Kyle Larson won the Pennzoil 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday (March 7) after leading a race-high 103 laps in just his fourth start for Hendrick Motorsports (fastest in team history). Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five finishers. Burning it down on the …

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10 Cup & Xfinity Teams Penalized for Homestead Lug Nut Violations

2021 Homestead Cup Chase Elliott Kyle Busch Racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR today (March 2) announced a slew of lug nut-related penalties between the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series after last weekend’s races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. All of the penalized Cup and Xfinity teams were found in violation of section of the rule book., which deals with lug nuts not being properly …

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