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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Take Over for Kasey Kahne at Leavine Family Racing

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

The latest Silly Season domino to fall occurred earlier today (Aug. 16), when Kasey Kahne announced he will step away from full-time NASCAR racing at the end of the 2018 season. Kahne, 38, tweeted that racing full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019 and beyond “was just something that I couldn’t commit …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Daniel Hemric on the Verge of First Victory

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Daniel Hemric has been close to his first career NASCAR national touring series victory many times in 2018. But as we all know, close only counts in horseshoes and handgrenades. Hemric, 27, is in the middle of his second full season in the XFINITY Series driving for Richard Childress Racing. Compared to his rookie campaign, the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Sweeps Lucky Number 7

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick has done it again. For the third time in his seven victories this year, he swept all three stages of the race. Harvick led 108 laps, won every stage and beat the competition into submission. He became the second driver in 20 years to have seven wins through 23 …

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Up to Speed: What Comes Next for Ryan Newman?

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

NASCAR’s silly season is beginning to heat up and drivers are fighting to secure a place in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.  The focus of competitors and fans is shifting toward racers who can put together a strong finish to the season, and what might be in store for 2019. Ryan Newman’s future, …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Jesse Little Reviews Cup Series Debut at Kentucky

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review a full weekend racing in the Bluegrass State with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti and Jesse Little, who made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Kentucky Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. put on a clinic, leading a race-high 174 laps en route to his fourth victory of …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN’s Kentucky NASCAR Broadcasts Earn Mixed Reviews, Ratings Decline

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kentucky Speedway, the spot of the latest NBCSN NASCAR telecast, has been an enigma for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  The track was in heavy demand to be added to the Cup schedule for much of the first 10 years it was open.  Then, once they finally got a date, there was the traffic …

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Pace Laps: Martin Truex Jr.’s Dominance & An XFINITY Championship Preview

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Truex Trounces The Field Kentucky Speedway was simply the Martin Truex Jr. show. Leading 174 of 267 laps, his No. 78 Toyota was on cruise control most of Saturday night (July 14) in the Quaker State 400. Two-tire pit strategies, like on most repaves produced short-term boosts for drivers like …

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Christopher Bell Holds Off Daniel Hemric at Kentucky for Third XFINITY Series Victory

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

In a Kentucky Speedway night many thought would be dominated by Kyle Busch, it was his former student that took the checkered flag in the NASCAR XFINITY Series ALSCO 300. It didn’t come easy, but Christopher Bell earned his third career victory and second of the 2018 season Friday night (July 13). Bell held off a spirited …

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Austin Cindric Secures First Career XFINITY Series Pole at Iowa

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Austin Cindric turned a fast lap during the third round of qualifying at Iowa Speedway, netting him his first career XFINITY Series pole. A 131.409-mph lap put Cindric on the pole while Daniel Hemric, last weekends runner-up, qualified second. Hemric’s lap was .421 mph slower than Cindric’s lap. Brandon Jones, who has been on an …

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Austin Dillon Soaks Up The Rain With XFINITY Michigan Win

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The newest experiment for the NASCAR XFINITY Series ended 34 laps short Saturday (June 9) at Michigan International Speedway. And Austin Dillon didn’t mind a bit. Taking the lead from Kaz Grala with 51 laps to go, Dillon eventually held off Richard Childress Racing teammate Daniel Hemric to score victory in the LTi Printing 250. …

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