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Thinkin’ Out Loud: A Texas NASCAR Race Was Finally Interesting for All the Wrong Reasons

Tyler Reddick leads the pack at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

#8: Tyler Reddick, Richard Childress Racing, Lenovo/ThinkEdge Chevrolet Camaro, #22: Joey Logano, Team Penske, AAA Insurance Ford Mustang

With a record 36 lead changes, Sunday was the best Texas Motor Speedway race in NASCAR history. In terms of everything else, it was probably the worst.

Up to Speed: Championship Hopes Hang in the Balance at Bristol

NASCAR Cup Series action at Bristol Motor Speedway, September 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With nearly half the playoff field vulnerable to elimination, the stakes have rarely been higher heading into the Bristol night race.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After Erik Jones Paints Victory Lane Petty Blue at Darlington

Erik Jones En route to a NASCAR Cup Series win at Darlington Raceway, September 2022. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In 1967, it was Richard Petty driving the No. 43 to win the Southern 500. 55 years later, Erik Jones did it driving the car still owned by the King himself.

NASCAR 101: 2022 Round of 16 Playoff Driver Outlook

Denny Hamlin ahead of Kyle Larson at Darlington in 2021, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Adam Cheek checks out playoff driver statistics at the first three tracks in the NASCAR playoffs and how recent races might factor into the Round of 16.

NASCAR News Avalanche: What Daytona News Dump Means for 2023 Silly Season

The pack races around Daytona International Speedway in August 2022. (Photo: NKP)

#17: Chris Buescher, RFK Racing, Fifth Third Bank Ford Mustang, #7: Corey LaJoie, Spire Motorsports, Built.com Chevrolet Camaro, #34: Michael McDowell, Front Row Motorsports, Horizon Hobby Ford Mustang, #48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Ally Chevrolet Camaro, #47: Ricky Stenhouse Jr, JTG Daugherty Racing, Kroger/ NOS Chevrolet Camaro, #41: Cole Custer, Stewart Haas Racing, Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang

Even when cars weren’t on track at Daytona, the regular-season finale and the weekend surrounding it brought forth plenty of NASCAR news.

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