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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Can NASCAR’s Return to Dirt Resurrect a Ghost From Its Past?

Virtual NASCAR cars race at North Wilkesboro Speedway in 2020. Photo: NASCAR Media

(Photo: NASCAR Media)

NASCAR is a sport where ghosts abound. It’s more difficult with every passing year to find a racetrack that’s not, in some way, haunted by the past. Races won and lost, drivers come and gone, the past is everywhere, all the time. You can feel it on the wind in Martinsville, Darlington, Charlotte, Daytona: whispers …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Participating in Bristol Dirt iRacing Event

Dale Earnhardt Jr. smiling

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will participate in the upcoming eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series event at the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track, JR Motorsports announced March 18. Earnhardt will drive a No. 88 Degree Chevrolet. The virtual Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track event will take place on March 24 as the inaugural live race weekend …

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Beside the Rising Tide: The Raw Emotions of Dale Earnhardt’s Death 20 Years Later

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Time flies. Tempus fugit. So my well-intended, if not nearly constantly intoxicated freshman Latin teacher taught me back when I attended a prep-school on Philadelphia’s well-heeled Main Line. Well, time didn’t seem to fly when you’re sitting slack-jawed with glazed over eyes wondering what sort of vengeful God was punishing you for your sins by …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Austin Cindric Kicks Off Championship Defense With Daytona Win

Pack racing at Daytona

#54: Ty Dillon, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra Bass Pro Shops #02: Brett Moffitt, Our Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Fr8Auctions #22: Austin Cindric, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Verizon 5G

For the first two stages of Saturday’s (Feb. 13) Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner 300 at Daytona International Speedway, the NASCAR Xfinity Series field played nice with one another. But in stage three, all hell broke loose, with the race’s complexion changing multiple times. By the end of the race, it was reigning NASCAR Xfinity …

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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 2010s, Pt. 2

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

As mentioned in yesterday’s part one of this ranking, the 2010s featured more than 50 movie-themed NASCAR paint schemes representing 37 films released during the decade, as well as a number of Days of Thunder-themed throwbacks. The films ranged from blockbusters like Justice League, Captain America: Civil War and The Dark Knight Rises to racing- or car-themed films like …

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

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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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Drive 1 Xfinity Race in 2021, Unilever Re-Ups With JR Motorsports

Dale Earnhardt Jr. smiling

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will run at least one NASCAR Xfinity Series race in 2021, as Unilever announced an extension of its sponsorship of JR Motorsports Oct. 27 that includes the stipulation that it’ll sponsor Earnhardt in one race. It will mark the fourth straight season in which Earnhardt will drive in one event for his …

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NASCAR Hall of Fame Postpones 2021’s Induction Ceremony to 2022

Dale Earnhardt Jr. smiling

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony for its newest members has been postponed until early 2022, it announced today, Oct. 8. The NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2021 members are Dale Earnhardt Jr., Red Farmer, Mike Stefanik and Ralph Seagraves. NASCAR said it hopes to announce a new date for the class of 2021 …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 YellaWood 500 at Talladega

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened?  Denny Hamlin won Sunday’s (Oct. 4) YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway after three overtime restarts and a controversial last-lap pass.  Erik Jones, Ty Dillon, William Byron and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five after Matt DiBenedetto (originally second) and Chris Buescher (originally eighth) were penalized for their final moves coming through turns …

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Reel Racing: NASCAR Schemes Go Hollywood

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In June, amid quarantine and with more time on my hands, I decided to undertake a project that just might be the magnum opus of this “Reel Racing” column series. Over the course of several weeks, I researched every single movie-themed NASCAR paint scheme that ever hit the track, regardless of if it actually raced …

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