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NASCAR Mailbox: First Michael Jordan, Now LeBron James?

#17: Chris Buescher, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Mustang Roush Performance, #8: Tyler Reddick, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro

With LeBron James buying into the Boston Red Sox (and Fenway Sports Group), could we see him become involved with Roush Fenway Racing at all? – Anita P., Loudon, NH Let’s get this out of the way first: in no way do I think LeBron James bought into the Red Sox so he could have …

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Friday Faceoff: Can Anything Be Done to Enhance Competitors’ Mental Health?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ty Dillon’s recent podcast is another example of the mental toll racing can take. Is there anything NASCAR or teams can do to alleviate it, or is the intense stress an inevitability? Mark Kristl: Professional athletes always face pressure. If they do not perform well enough, they become unemployed. It is partly why athletes retire …

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Cole Custer’s Crew Chief Mike Shiplett Suspended for 1 Race

Cole Custer car in 2021 cup Daytona 500 Photo NKP

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Several penalties from the past weekend’s races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway were handed down, including a one-race suspension and $20,000 fine for Cole Custer’s crew chief Mike Shiplett, NASCAR announced Tuesday, March 9. The No. 41 team was in violation of Section 10.9.10.4, which is the section that deals with missing lug nuts. Custer, …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR Chemistry Matters, Stewart-Haas Racing Slump Deepens & More

Kevin Harvick and Cole Custer race at Daytona International Speedway February 2021 Photo: NKP

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ONE: Stewart-Haas Racing Slump Gets Deeper Kevin Harvick sat on the pole for Sunday’s (March 7) Pennzoil 400 driving his No. 4 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing. It was a great position to assert himself up front at a Las Vegas Motor Speedway track he led 92 laps at last March. Instead? Harvick never led a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas

Kyle Larson celebrates Las Vegas victory (Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened? Kyle Larson won the Pennzoil 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday (March 7) after leading a race-high 103 laps in just his fourth start for Hendrick Motorsports (fastest in team history). Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five finishers. Burning it down on the …

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10 Cup & Xfinity Teams Penalized for Homestead Lug Nut Violations

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NASCAR today (March 2) announced a slew of lug nut-related penalties between the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series after last weekend’s races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. All of the penalized Cup and Xfinity teams were found in violation of section 10.9.10.4 of the rule book., which deals with lug nuts not being properly …

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Here Are the NASCAR Drivers Past & Present Currently Entered at Bristol Dirt Nationals

Kyle Larson face at the 2021 Daytona 500

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It’s March, which means the inaugural Bristol Motor Speedway dirt races for the NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck series are upon us later this month. Before both series hit the track, Bristol will host the Bristol Dirt Nationals, a multi-day slate of events featuring some of the best dirt racers in the country. As …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 20: Cole Custer

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Plenty of drivers who experience success in stock car racing before reaching the top level of NASCAR have to wait a while before breaking through with that first NASCAR Cup Series victory. Cole Custer doesn’t have to worry about that since he got that milestone out of the way early. The very valid question awaiting …

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Cole Custer Lands Dixie Vodka Sponsorship for 2 Cup Races

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Dixie Vodka will be a primary sponsor of Cole Custer’s No. 41 Ford for two NASCAR Cup Series events, Stewart-Haas Racing announced Tuesday, Jan. 19. The team’s official vodka will adorn the car at the Daytona International Speedway road course on Feb. 21 and Nashville Superspeedway on June 20. Additionally, Dixie Vodka will be an …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Stewart-Haas Racing

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The 2020 season saw Stewart-Haas Racing being pulled in multiple directions in the NASCAR Cup Series. Kevin Harvick was trying to capitalize on his prime to score his second championship.  Cole Custer was coming into his rookie season in Cup and wanted to do the best he could.  Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola were both in …

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