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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Entry List: Quaker State 400

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

After a weekend of restrictor plate racing on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for Saturday night’s Quaker State 400. The trip to Sparta, Ky. marks the only trip there for the MENCS field this season. There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list, …

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Gray Gaulding Signs with Premium Motorsports for Two Races

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In a tweet sent out Monday morning, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Gray Gaulding announced he will pilot the Premium Motorsports No. 15 Toyota Camry at Kentucky Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July. No official release has been posted by the team at this point. However, Gaulding’s tweet to his personal account …

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Entry List: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero 400

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Daytona this weekend for the Coke Zero 400. The entry list for the race has been released and there’s a number of notable changes after the road course event at Sonoma last weekend. A full field of 40 cars will contest the 160-lap, 400-mile race that’ll be broadcast …

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Ryan Sieg to Make Second MENCS Start at Michigan for BK Racing

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Ryan Sieg will be making his second career start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway after his first one at Dover International Speedway two weeks ago, this time taking the wheel of the No. 23 Toyota. Sieg has two top fives in his first four seasons of full-time NASCAR XFINITY …

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Beyond the Cockpit: All About Improvement for Gray Gaulding in Rookie Campaign

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Late into the NASCAR off-season, Gray Gaulding found himself in a predicament, where he landed a ride at BK Racing. However, he knew it would be a struggle. Running in only 15 combined NASCAR races between 2014 and 2016, Gaulding was jumping into a ride that finished 34th in owner standings, with David Ragan, a veteran …

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Crew Chief Patrick Donahue Confident with Growth of Gray Gaulding, BK Racing

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

When you’re a crew chief in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, you must gather knowledge of racetracks, racecars, rules, pit crews and car setups to have a shot at the competition. But when you’re working with a rookie driver like Patrick Donahue is, a chunk of the crew chief’s attention turns to mentorship. For …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Impress at Talladega

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Think Small This past weekend’s action at Talladega illustrated again what can happen when the racing is more in the hands of the drivers. There were several different names at the top eager to display their talent.  Aric Almirola nearly pulled off the weekend double, and David Ragan overcame crash damage to finish in the …

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The Underdog House: Changes in the NASCAR Ranks

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Think Small The 2017 season is at the quarter mark after nine races, and some trends are taking shape.  Wood Brothers Racing has established itself at the top of the class, which was to be expected after the team increased its alliance with Team Penske this year. Even within the group, the haves and have …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Rookie Is Top of the Class?

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

In the days leading up to Matt Kenseth’s announcement of a six-race sponsorship deal with Circle K Wednesday, some speculated that the announcement would concern the driver’s imminent retirement. He may not be stepping aside any time soon, but realistically, how much time does Kenseth have? Matteo Marcheschi: Matt Kenseth doesn’t have long. While he has earned …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Best-Kept Secret

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Think Small It feels like NASCAR’s small teams get a bad rap right from the start from some fans and even media.  Too often, they’re lumped into a “backmarkers” category, often mocked for their poor performance compared to rivals.  To hear some people talk, you’d think they went out every week and ran in the 20’s …

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