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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Intermediate Track Blues

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

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

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

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

(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

(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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Five Points to Ponder: Rain and Wind and Dust, Oh My!

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Team Penske Open West Coast Swing with a Bang Last season, the West Coast stretch of Las Vegas, Phoenix and Auto Club belonged to Stewart-Haas Racing. Kevin Harvick won both Vegas and Phoenix, and Kurt Busch looked like he’d take the win at Auto Club until a late-race caution bunched the field up and allowed …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Coverage Clouds Impact of New Package

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Last weekend in Las Vegas was not necessarily the best, weather-wise;  Michael Waltrip found that out the hard way.  It’s not quite Gene Shalit having a bad hair day on The Critic, but it was pretty bad.  Regardless, we had 700 miles of racing in Las Vegas to cover this week.  Sunday was a big …

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Cody Ware Set to Join MAKE Motorsports in 2015

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There will be a new face in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season. A former TUDOR United Sports Car Series driver is set to join the NASCAR ranks on a full-time basis after running a handful of events last year. Cody Ware, 19, will pilot the No. 50 Chevrolet for MAKE Motorsports throughout …

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Tracking the Trucks: fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola

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In a Nutshell: Timothy Peters took the checkered flag 0.143 seconds ahead of Tayler Malsam to win the fred’s 250 powered by Coca Cola at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday afternoon. Peters held the top spot and remained there through a green-white-checkered finish to make 2014 his sixth consecutive season with at least one win. Spencer Gallagher, …

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