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5 Points To Ponder: Memorial Day Weekend Racing Nirvana

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(Photo: Chris Owens)

ONE: Racing Nirvana This is THE weekend for you, race fans – no apologies for the caps. The greatest Sunday in motorsports will contain three epic races across three different racing series, a little variety paired with some nail-biting competition. First up, it’s the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix. Now back in the day, on a road …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: A Monstrous Matt Kenseth Comeback

2016 Dover I CUP Matt Kenseth Jason Ratcliff trophy Matthew T Thacker NKP

Who’s in the headline – The 2016 season has been anything but stellar for Matt Kenseth. After a near miss at Daytona he’s only managed one top 5 finish before Sunday, and that as a fourth last weekend at Kansas. Sunday Kenseth was in the mix but didn’t look like he’d be in contention for …

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Breaking a Sweat: Top NASCAR Drivers on the Hot Seat

2016 Fontana CUP KAsey Kahne Brett Moist NKP

(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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Drops Malachi Crunch on the Talladega Demo Derby for Second Win of the Season

2016 Talladega I CUP Brad Keselowski champagne John Harrleson NKP 1

(Photo: John Harrleson / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – Brad Keselowski won his first Cup race at Talladega in 2009. While he isn’t mentioned in the same breaths with Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt or Tony Stewart when plate racing prowess is discussed, the bottom line is he won his fourth plate race at Talladega on Sunday. Even though the …

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Friday Faceoff: Is the Bump-and-Run Acceptable?

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The spring short track season ended with a bump-and-run move at Richmond International Raceway when Carl Edwards moved teammate Kyle Busch out of his way en route to the win.  Is the bump and run for the win a legit move, or does it sink into the waters of dirty driving? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: …

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The Frontstretch 5: Pictures that Say More Than Words Alone

2016 Fontana NXS Darrell Wallace Jr laughing Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  If that’s true, the pictures here speak volumes, far more than I could possibly convey in mere paragraphs. Racing, at its heart, is about people. Here, some of the people show a myriad of emotions. Photography is intimacy at its raw core; it sees people as …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Food City 500

2016 Bristol I CUP Carl Edwards leads Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? I’ve got a pair of them this week. Well, make it three, because Matt DiBenedetto deserves all the accolades he can get after an impressive performance that Carl Edwards said afterward was probably more difficult for the No. 83 team than the win was for his. There’s more on …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2016 Duck Commander 500

2016 Texas I CUP Kyle BUsch checkered flag Russell LABounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Sometimes taking a gamble is a team’s only hope of winning a race, but it’s certainly no guarantee.  When the No. 6 team kept Trevor Bayne off sequence to gain track position, it resulted in Bayne leading 12 laps—the first laps he’s led since May of 2014.  That …

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Casey Mears Hoping Martinsville Will Be a Turning Point

2016 Daytona Unlimited CUP Casey Mears car John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

There’s an hour to kill before final Sprint Cup practice at Martinsville Speedway during a breezy Saturday spring afternoon. Teams are putting the finishing touches on their machines, hustling inside the garage before hitting the track one more time before Sunday’s STP 500.  In the No. 13 Cup hauler, crew chief Bootie Barker is looking intently …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2016 Auto Club 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? From the “where did he come from?” category, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. didn’t look like a top-5 threat this weekend…until he was.  Stenhouse qualified 15th, and ran in the top 15 for most of the day, occasionally cracking the lower half of the top 10.  He had worked his …

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Off the Wall With: Casey Mears

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We’re back for season two of Off the Wall With… and we’ve got five brand-new questions for your favorite racing personalities!  Next up: Casey Mears, driver of the No. 13 GEICO Chevy in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. What was your first race car and what number was it? Casey Mears: I first started racing …

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The Frontstretch Five: Feel Good Stories So Far In NASCAR 2016

2016 Phoenix I CUP Matt DiBenedetto David Ragan Nigel Knrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Finishes like this one: … and this one: No, they won’t all be like that, but these finishes were pretty spectacular, and the racing through the field hasn’t been too shabby either, with the exception of Daytona. Maybe someday, FOX will see fit to show that part to fans at home… 2. A few new …

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