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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Denny Hamlin Sweeps Darlington Weekend With Late-Race Charge

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Who’s in the headline – Denny Hamlin was thrust into an alternate pit strategy when Martin Truex Jr. short pitted on his penultimate pit stop and then made his final stop with just over 50 laps to go. When the No. 11 driver attempted to hit pit road on lap 314, he missed the entrance …

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Entry List: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero 400

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(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Daytona this weekend for the Coke Zero 400. The entry list for the race has been released and there’s a number of notable changes after the road course event at Sonoma last weekend. A full field of 40 cars will contest the 160-lap, 400-mile race that’ll be broadcast …

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Cody Ware Experiencing Back Issues After Pocono, Status Up In the Air

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

This past Sunday, 35 laps into the Axalta Pocono 400, Cody Ware pulled his No. 51 Chevrolet into the garage. The official diagnosis: a DNF due to a vibration, resulting in a 39th-place result. Unfortunately we had a fuel pump go bad that ended our day early. We want to thank all our sponsors for their …

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NASCAR 101: Cup Debuts Off to a Good (OK, Better) Start in 2017

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

There are two drivers making their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debuts this weekend! No, listen. This is kind of cool. When the green flag falls at Dover International Speedway this Sunday in the Cup Series, Ross Chastain and Ryan Sieg will be part of the starting lineup for the first time in their racing …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Intermediate Track Blues

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Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP

Think Small It can be said that the real NASCAR season starts at Atlanta. The Intermediate track season kicked off last weekend and the results were fairly predictable of the small teams this week.  In general at a 1.5 to 2-mile track, these teams struggle to keep up.  You might see a couple of teams …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Thriving and Surviving in Daytona

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Think Small Well, Daytona is in the rearview mirror. Depending on who you ask, that’s either a real bummer or can’t come too soon, depending on how the race went. The thing about plate tracks is that they’re such an opportunity for teams to compete—if they’re lucky and avoid trouble.  They can also become exercises …

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Rick Ware Racing Move to Truck Series, Shut Down XFINITY Program

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Rick Ware Racing will return to the Camping World Truck Series full-time in 2017, temporarily shutting down its XFINITY Series program. Spencer Boyd will pilot the truck for the team for at least a portion of the races, the driver announced Friday on Twitter. There has been talk within the team of possibly running a …

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NASCAR 101: Recent Road Ringers Who Actually Made An Impact

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(Photo: Danny Peters, Frontstretch)

It’s been a slow descent for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from having bona fide, competitive road course ringers entered in its events at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International, to continuing to buy into the illusion that said ringers still had a shot at a top five, let alone a win, at one of …

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Cody Ware Teams Up With Premium Motorsports for Sprint Cup Series Debut

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(Photo: Mike Neff) -- Cody Ware racing in the Truck Series

20-year-old Cody Ware is scheduled to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Sonoma Raceway next weekend for Premium Motorsports. Ware will pilot the No. 55 Chevrolet sponsored by Carport Empire, taking over the ride that is usually occupied by either Reed Sorenson or the team’s lead driver, Cole Whitt. In recent years, Ware has …

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