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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 YellaWood 500 at Talladega

2020 Talladega II CUP DEnny Hamlin team celebrates NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened?  Denny Hamlin won Sunday’s (Oct. 4) YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway after three overtime restarts and a controversial last-lap pass.  Erik Jones, Ty Dillon, William Byron and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five after Matt DiBenedetto (originally second) and Chris Buescher (originally eighth) were penalized for their final moves coming through turns …

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Denny Hamlin Claims Controversial Talladega Superspeedway Win

2020 Talladega II Denny Hamlin burnout NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After four-plus hours of NASCAR Cup Series racing, more than 58 lead changes, and two red flags, Denny Hamlin emerged with a controversial victory in the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday (Oct. 4).  With the race having already gone into overtime, William Byron and Matt DiBenedetto made contact while racing for the lead. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Jimmie Johnson’s Tire Failure Flips the Script on NBCSN

2020 Las Vegas NCS Jimmie Johnson Car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This time of year, the only guarantee that you’re going to get in Las Vegas is hot weather. They got that last weekend. What you also got was strategy and luck playing huge roles. That affects how a race is covered. Sunday brought 96-degree weather and wind into the equation. It also brought an unexpected …

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5 Points to Ponder: Form Is Temporary, Class Is Permanent

2020 Las Vegas NCS Matt DiBenedetto Face NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Wildest Card Talladega is the dictionary definition of a wild-card stock car race — just look how many drivers got their first win there. So for those wheelmen currently on the wrong side of the cut line, this weekend offers the best possible chance at booking a spot in the final eight with a …

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Beside the Rising Tide: The Invisible Men

2020 Bristol NCS Jimmie Johnson Car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Something remarkable happened a couple weeks ago during the Bristol Cup race. As such, I feel compelled to remark upon it since I am able.  Tyler Reddick finished fourth that evening. Chris Buescher finished eighth. Ryan Preece finished ninth, his best Cup finish to date this year. Michael McDowell left Bristol with a solid top-10 …

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Up to Speed: The Parallel Careers of Jimmie Johnson & Matt Kenseth

2020 Bristol NCS Jimmie Johnson Racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With the 2020 season entering its final stage, NASCAR is beginning to look toward next year.  This last week in September brought considerable news regarding driver lineups for 2021.  There have also been rumors that major changes could be in store for the Cup Series schedule.  But even as more news trickles out about the …

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Matt DiBenedetto a Bridesmaid Again, Settles for 2nd at Las Vegas

2020 Las Vegas NCS Matt DiBenedetto Car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Matt DiBenedetto flexed his muscles Sunday night (Sept. 29) in the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 29-year-old came up just short of his first NASCAR Cup Series career win, finishing second at the 1.5-mile track. He was close… but no cigar. DiBenedetto had a shot, restarting alongside winner Kurt Busch three …

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NASCAR 101: Most Wins in a Cup Season in the Modern Era

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With nine wins in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season after his Bristol Motor Speedway victory last weekend, Kevin Harvick stands at the precipice of accomplishing something no driver has in well over a decade: a win column that breaks into the double digits. And with the way 2020 has gone for Harvick and the …

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Driver Vs. Driver: Rookies — Ryan Newman Vs. Jimmie Johnson

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(Graphic: Jared Haas)

Typically, expectations for NASCAR rookies are straightforward: log as many quality laps as possible, learn how to race tracks and other drivers, find good consistency, and anything else is gravy. In September, we take a look at some of the best rookie seasons from the 21st century. This week, we look at one of the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol

2020 Bristol NCS Kevin Harvick Checkers NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… should you be talking about after the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race? Kevin Harvick snagged his ninth NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway, but it didn’t come easy.  He absolutely earned the spoils, coming out on top of a great battle with Kyle Busch for the last 50 …

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