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NASCAR’s Top Talent Scouts: Who’s Got the No. 1 Draft Pick?

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NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. news cycle finally got trumped in the sporting world by Thursday night’s NFL draft. As you read this, stories are popping up over names like Mitch Trubisky, Jabrill Peppers and I-can’t-remember-his-name-but-god-he-better-help-my-team. It’s a reminder for all that life must go on. At Hendrick Motorsports, those words ring truer than ever as it …

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Pace Laps: Ryan Blaney Lets One Get Away, Erik Jones Dominates in XFINITY Series

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Monster Energy Cup Series: The Wood Brothers are Back – 1982. That was the last time a Wood Brothers Racing car led more than 100 laps in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The 35-year streak ended Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway as the team’s second-year driver Ryan Blaney led the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 for 148 …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Erik Jones Cruises to Victory in Texas

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

At the site of his first career XFINITY Series victory in 2015, Erik Jones is always a factor at Texas Motor Speedway. In Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300, the 20-year-old proved just that. Starting from second position, it didn’t take Jones long to find the lead. Once he went around pole-sitter Joey Logano early in the …

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Cole Custer Scores First Top-5 Finish of the Year

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Cole Custer scored his first top-five finish of the season Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway when he took the checkered flag in fifth. Behind the wheel of the No. 00 Ford for the newly-created Stewart-Haas Racing XFINITY Series effort, Custer started sixth and had to bide his time to enter the top 5. He …

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Kyle Larson Beats Joey Logano In Wild Fontana Shootout

2016 Atlanta NXS Kyle Larson car Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Kyle Larson emerged victorious in the Service King 300 at Auto Club Speedway after a near 20 lap duel with Joey Logano ended in a wild restart. Logano was arguably the best driver in the field, coming back from pit road problems twice to lead the race. The first time was for speeding on pit …

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Joey Logano Leads XFINITY Practice Sessions At Auto Club Speedway

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Joey Logano has been on the receiving end of plenty of misfortune to start the 2017 season. However, based on the results of XFINITY Series practice at Auto Club Speedway on Friday, it seems possible that the tide may be turning in his favor. Logano posted the fastest time in the opening round, putting down a …

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Friday Faceoff: Crime and Punishment, Chapters 2, 3 & 4

2017 Phoenix I CUP Brad Keselowski car NIgel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

1. NASCAR announced heavy penalties for Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 teams this week, including a 35-point deduction and a three-week suspension for crew chief Paul Wolfe,  after the car failed post-race weights and measures at Phoenix International Raceway. The No. 4 team of Kevin Harvick also got hit with a one-race suspension for crew …

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New Limits On Cup Drivers Not Stopping Their Dominance of NASCAR XFINITY Regulars

2017 Atlanta NXS Kyle Busch MAtthew T Thacker NKP

During the offseason, NASCAR created a rule limiting Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers with five or more years experience to 10 XFINITY Series events per season. The hope was adding that in-season limit could allow more full-time regulars to run up front. Instead? So far it’s same old, same old as Cup full-timers are running roughshod over …

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Massive Crashes Take Out Multiple XFINITY Drivers Early in Daytona

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(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

Wreck 1 Even before the field finished the first stage in the season-opening Powershares QQQ 300, they were wrecking at Daytona International Speedway. Big time. On Lap 23 of the 120-lap XFINITY Series race, chaos broke out in Turn 3 when rookie Tyler Reddick was turned into the pack while racing inside the top 10. …

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