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Rheem Sponsoring Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch in Cup in 2022

Christopher Bell at Phoenix spring race 2021, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Rheem will return to Joe Gibbs Racing as a sponsor for a 15th season in 2022, JGR announced Jan. 6. The company’s colors adorn the Nos. 18 and 20 of Kyle Busch and Christopher Bell in the NASCAR Cup Series. “Rheem has been a great supporter of mine going from [the NASCAR] Xfinity [Series] to …

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Podcast: Holiday Roundtable To Close Out 2021


Graphic: Jared Haas

Happy Holidays, everyone! Davey Segal is joined by a roundtable consisting of Tom Bowles, Zach Sturniolo, Michael Massie, Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek to recap all the happenings this NASCAR offseason, from Next Gen testing to horsepower changes to silly season moves and more. The group also reminisce on NASCAR gifts they’ve received over the …

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Mars Departing NASCAR, JGR After 2022

Kyle Busch car 2021 fall playoff Kansas race NKP

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Mars Inc. will depart NASCAR and its sponsorship of Joe Gibbs Racing after 2022, Sports Business Journal reports. Mars has sponsored Kyle Busch‘s No. 18 entry in the NASCAR Cup Series and has been a partner of JGR since 2008. In all, the company, which has largely utilized the sponsorship to promote its M&Ms brand, has …

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2021 Xfinity Series Awards: First Time Triumphs & Late Season Rallies

Josh Berry

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This past week, NASCAR and the Xfinity Series just celebrated another successful racing season in Nashville. It’s hard to believe the season concluded one month ago with Daniel Hemric winning the championship and his first NASCAR national series victory. The 40th season of the Xfinity Series witnessed two series regulars and two series pretenders collectively …

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iRacing Weekly Roundup: Garey takes FTF Cup Series Championship

iRacing (Shawn Butler/BottomSplit via

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One week removed from the crowning of the 100% Cup Series champion, the other full season championship effort at FTF Racing is complete. In this week’s iRacing roundup, we’ll cover the crazy championship finale in the FTF Cup Series at Phoenix Raceway.  We’ve also got Monday Night Racing taking Super Late Models to Michigan International …

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Up to Speed: NASCAR Playoff Points of the Past Revisited

NASCAR Playoff drivers Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. lead the field at Phoenix Raceway. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Earlier this year, I explored how NASCAR playoff points earned during the regular season impacted drivers’ performances in the playoffs themselves.  The goal of that study was to determine if a driver’s playoff point total could predict when they would be eliminated from title contention.  I also wanted to see if there were any notable …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Season Finale 500

Kyle Larson celebrates with son Owen after winning the 2021 NASCAR Season Finale 500. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who … should you be talking about after the Season Finale 500? A year ago, Kyle Larson watched the NASCAR Cup Series finale on TV and wondered what might have been. Now, a little older and a lot wiser after he chose to learn from a mistake that saw him banned for most of 2020 …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Step In & Stop Disrespectful Racing?

John Hunter Nemechek NASCAR Martinsville

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This past weekend’s races at Martinsville Speedway brought up some conversation about drivers’ respect for others. Truck Series veteran Matt Crafton was particularly brash about his thoughts, saying the only way to handle the lack of respect is to “punch someone in the mouth.” With Crafton’s mentality being an old-school approach, many suggested that NASCAR …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Why Is Respect an Issue in Truck Series Today?

2021 Truck Martinsville John Hunter Nemechek Tow Truck NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

“There’s a complete lack of respect everywhere, all over the place.” – Kyle Busch Respect. It’s such a simple word, yet it’s become such a hot topic in recent weeks in NASCAR and, more specifically, in the Camping World Truck Series. Coming out of last weekend’s trip to Martinsville Speedway, plenty of drivers left upset …

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