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Breaking a Sweat: Top NASCAR Drivers on the Hot Seat

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

There’s a few indisputable truths about the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season. Perhaps the most important, cloaked within a playoff system that rewards trips to Victory Lane, is the lack of winners dotting the current Chase for the championship. Just six drivers have earned a first-place trophy through the first 11 races, the lowest number through this stretch …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., ‘Amelia’ Lost in Early Talladega Tussle

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Amelia’s return was short-lived. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was running 10th on lap 50 of Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway when he lost control of his machine off of Turn 2. The six-time Talladega winner crashed into the outside wall, taking Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne and Matt DiBenedetto with him. Driving ‘Amelia’, a car nicknamed …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Toyota Owners 400

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Some days just don’t go as planned.  It just seems like if you’re Kasey Kahne, that would be more or less every day. The No. 5 team and he have had more than their fair share of bad luck over the last couple of seasons, often having finishes …

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Kasey Kahne Grabs ‘Encouraging’ Fourth-Place Effort at Richmond

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Returning to the sight of his first Sprint Cup Series win back in 2005, Richmond International Raceway seemed to bring out the best in Kasey Kahne on Sunday afternoon. Grabbing a much-needed fourth-place finish in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond, Kahne was excited to be back racing in the front of the field. “We …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Kyle Busch’s Late Push Snatches Victory in Texas

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Who’s in the headline – The early leader in 2016 Cup season is Joe Gibbs Racing. The organization started the season with Denny Hamlin‘s win at Daytona and now has back-to-back wins with Kyle Busch. Busch’s recent success, coupled with his impressive consistency over the first seven races (six finishes of fourth or better) has him …

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Up To Speed: JGR Shines Again in Texas, but Hendrick Motorsports Not Far Behind

The team that has been in the headlines of late has most certainly been Joe Gibbs Racing, especially considering that Kyle Busch has won every national touring series race over the past two weekends. Every discussion of the favorites for next week includes the JGR drivers and every race seems to include at least one …

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Inside Texas Motor Speedway’s Parity Streak

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If you could sum up all of the changes that NASCAR has made to the cars, the series, the rules in the last 15 years in one word, it would be parity. It’s no fun to see one driver dominate the win column like Jeff Gordon did in the 1990s. It’s no fun to see …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s 2016 Season Has A Green-Flag Feel?

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Did You Notice? … No Sprint Cup race has had more than eight caution flags all season? The 51 laps we ran under yellow at Martinsville were the fewest for that track since 1996; overall, the number of slowdowns have dropped significantly for the first six events. TOTAL CAUTION FLAGS – FIRST SIX RACES 2007: 58 2008: 66 2009: 59 2010: 56 2011: 56 …

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Kasey Kahne wins Saturday Morning Practice at Martinsville

Zach Catanzareti

The momentum continues for Kasey Kahne. After qualifying on the front row for Sunday’s STP 500, Kahne grabbed the top time in Saturday morning practice at Martinsville Speedway. With a 19.710-second lap on the half-mile track, he bested Ryan Newman by 0.046 seconds to claim top honors. Martin Truex, Jr. was third as Brian Vickers …

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Logano Nabs Third Straight Martinsville Pole

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Skies were cloudy at Martinsville Speedway, but the rain stayed away long enough for sunshine to rain down on young Joey Logano. Logano, still winless this season for Team Penske took the pole for Sunday’s STP 500 in his No. 22 Ford. Logano led all three rounds of qualifying, posting a lap speed of 97.043 MPH to …

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