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Voice of Vito: Reflections on Richmond, Sponsor Drama & Danica Patrick’s Future

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

If you were looking for some late-season NASCAR drama, you got it dumped over your head in bucketfuls this week. From ambulances gone awry to calling out the sanctioning body for the timing of caution flags to CEOs spouting off about the icon of icons in motorsports, it was the type of perpetuating storyline that …

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Kevin Harvick on Danica Patrick: ‘The Sport Changes, People Come & Go’

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Another piece fell in the NASCAR Silly Season this week, as it was announced that Danica Patrick will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For Kevin Harvick, teammate to Patrick at SHR since 2014, this was a big piece that fell into place, as the 35-year-old has shifted …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Needs to Throw Caution to the Wind

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

Did You Notice? … NASCAR needs to throw caution to the wind? It’s been a crazy last day of Silly Season for the sport, but let’s not bury the lead of on-track competition gone awry at Richmond Raceway. The sport was put under fire for not only an ambulance blocking pit road under caution, causing damage …

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Danica Patrick Leaving Stewart-Haas Racing

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Danica Patrick will no longer be competing under the Stewart-Haas Racing banner following the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The 35-year-old driver took to Facebook Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 12) to announce the news of her departure from the only full-time team she has driven for in NASCAR’s premier division. “It has been my …

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Did You Notice?: 12 NASCAR 2017 Storylines With 12 Races Left

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Did You Notice? … The past few days marked the last off weekend of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season? Starting Sunday at Darlington, we’ve got 12 races in a row which culminates with the crowning of the champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. In a season filled with mixed reviews, there’s still plenty of …

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Adventure of a Lifetime: A Look At A Child’s First NASCAR Race

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(Photo: Karrie Phillips)

Think back to your first NASCAR race. The first racecar you saw, the first pair of earmuffs you put on, perhaps the first time you felt your ribcage vibrate solely from the horsepower of rumbling stock cars. From that point on, for millions, they’ve been hooked on the most popular racing series in America. July’s …

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Did You Notice?: Even Hendrick Motorsports Navigating NASCAR’s Sponsor Challenges

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How Did Hendrick Do in Comparison to Kyle Busch? (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Did You Notice? … The number of races where major NASCAR teams have needed primary sponsorship this year? A glance at several of the top programs shows that even some of the most valuable NASCAR ownership groups, according to Forbes have used either manufacturer backing or their own businesses as major sponsors. Perhaps the most notable example is Stewart-Haas …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr Slows Down Just Enough to Win Watkins Glen

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(Photo: Rusty Jarrett / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – Martin Truex Jr. won four races in 2016, but admitted in post-race interviews that they learned a lot more about winning during that season. He feels like they have everyone doing better jobs this year, and the result is a championship caliber team that has the most wins in the …

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Danica Patrick Earns Career-Best Fourth Straight Top-15 Finish

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Danica Patrick is in the midst a mid-summer heat wave, and Pocono Raceway is the latest sight of her consistent runs. The No. 10 car crossed the finish line in 15th, earning the team’s fourth straight top-15 result. This is her longest top-15 streak in her Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career after making her series debut in 2012. …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Darkness On The Edge Edition

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

NASCAR had rain, sunshine and wild racing while flirting with the darkness at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. It also had wrecks, a lot of wrecks. Which brings the question of if there are a lot of wrecks, does that make it good racing? That’s sure to be a hot topic this week. HOT I had …

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