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Power Rankings: Ridiculous ROVAL Edition

2020 CharlotteROVAL NCS Chase Elliott Face NKP

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Last week, King Richard Petty caused a bit of a ruckus calling dirt racing “unprofessional.” Do you know what is really unprofessional? Having turn 1 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL contribute to the outcome of the NASCAR playoffs. Speaking of unprofessional, how about racing on a wet track not because of rain but because …

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Power Rankings: ‘Dega Dominos Edition

2020 Talladega playoff Cup Chase Elliott leads in pack racing Photo NKP

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You can’t win the clichés during the fourth race of the 10-race playoff schedule, but you can sure lose the cliché battle at Talladega Superspeedway. Unfortunately, drivers pushed the rules envelope on Sunday (Oct. 4), causing NASCAR to actually make a ruling on their beloved “Yellow Line Rule.” For those new to NASCAR, a driver …

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Power Rankings: Luck of the Vegas Native Edition

2020 Las Vegas NCS Kevin Harvick Championship NKP

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In Las Vegas, some times it’s better to be lucky than good at the games of chance. On Sunday night (Sept. 27), Kurt Busch hit the jackpot when a caution flew during a cycle of green flag pit stops. That timely caution helped one of Vegas’ own win, but it was an impressive finish that …

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Power Rankings: Dirty Dozen Edition

Kevin Harvick racing with Kyle Busch in 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Bristol Night race, NKP

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Bristol Motor Speedway is considering importing dirt? If this isn’t an indictment of the current template for NASCAR as it applies to short track racing, I am not sure what else it would be. Since Speedway Motorsports Inc., has decided to add traction compound at the bottom of this track, the racing has gotten much …

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William Byron, Cole Custer, Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Blaney Eliminated From Playoffs

2020 Bristol NCS Matt DiBenedetto Racing NKP

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The Round of 16 is over, and four drivers have been eliminated from the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. William Byron, Cole Custer, Matt DiBenedetto and Ryan Blaney all finished beneath the playoff cut line after the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night (Sept. 19), missing the 12-driver cut …

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Power Rankings: No Longer the Action Track Edition

2020 Richmond NCS Kevin Harvick Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

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They used to call Richmond Raceway the “Action Track,” but after racing 400 laps without a non-manufactured caution flag, they might need to forget that nickname ever existed. This isn’t the fault of the track. This isn’t the fault of the drivers. This is the fault of a rules package that makes a gentle rub …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Federated Auto Parts 400

2020 Richmond NCS Tyler Reddick Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Who… should you be talking about after the Federated Auto Parts 400? Brad Keselowski predicted earlier in the week that he would win at Richmond Raceway. The 2012 Cup Series champion made good on his word Saturday night (Sept. 12). Keselowski led four times for a total of 192 laps in the Federated Auto Parts …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 2020 Federated Auto Parts 400

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The second race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs is here, as the sport travels to Richmond Raceway for the third short track race of the season. Kevin Harvick sealed his ticket to the Round of 12 last week, even though he likely would have advanced on playoff points alone. Ryan Blaney and Matt …

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Power Rankings: 1 Down, 9 to Go Edition

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All season, Kevin Harvick has been very good. Heading into the Southern 500, he had won seven times already this year and had more top-five and top-10 finishes than anyone else. But one thing he has not been until Sunday (Sept. 6) was being lucky! In one of the crown jewels of stock car racing, …

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Cole Custer on Rookie of the Year Win: ‘It’s Huge’

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Entering the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, a flock of rookie drivers took the world by storm, moving up from the Xfinity Series. The results are in, and Cole Custer is the Sunoco Rookie of the Year. For the opening part of the season, Custer was average, posting just one top-10 effort through the opening …

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