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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: NASCAR Wreck It Ralph (and Almost Everybody Else) Edition

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

The season-opening Daytona 500 gave NASCAR fans a little bit everything. There was that last-lap pass for the lead, which is beginning to become a trademark for the Great American Race. There were plenty of battles for the lead and for positions throughout and a lot less riding around waiting for the end of the …

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Second Big Wreck Collects Daytona 500 Contenders Johnson, Harvick

The final segment to Sunday’s 59th Daytona 500 started off with a bang. It just wasn’t the dynamite several major contenders were looking for. A second major wreck, this one involving 17 cars eliminated seven-time Cup champ Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, and Danica Patrick, among others while changing the complexion of a race that had been …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Trevor Bayne

For Trevor Bayne, 2016 was a step in the right direction. Without too much flair or attention, the 25-year-old showed some of the most significant year-to-year improvement in the Sprint Cup Series, earning his first top-5 finish since his 2011 Daytona 500 win and showing flashes of his potential, so strongly needed in Roush Fenway …

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NASCAR Penalizes Nearly Two Dozen Teams in Texas

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

On Wednesday, NASCAR released the weekly penalty report stemming from Texas.  Compared to recent weeks, this one was quite the doozy. In the Sprint Cup Series, Joey Logano‘s No. 22 Ford that finished second Sunday night was found to have one loose lugnut.  As a result, the No. 22 has been hit with a P2 …

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Hamlin Receives Written Warning at Martinsville

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The list of infractions NASCAR had to deal with during the Martinsville weekend was one of the shortest of the season to date. Denny Hamlin‘s No. 11 FedEx team was issued a written warning for failing template inspection twice prior to qualifying. This was the team’s third written warning, but will not result in any …

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Trevor Bayne, AdvoCare Extend Cup Deal

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Trevor Bayne looks to be sticking around at Roush Fenway Racing for a few more seasons. The team announced Wednesday that Bayne will continue to pilot the AdvoCare Ford for another three seasons, signing the driver through 2019. “AdvoCare has been an outstanding partner to work with, and I am really excited to continue this relationship and …

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Did You Notice? … Green-Flag Racing Is NASCAR’s New Normal

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Did You Notice? … Martin Truex, Jr. is having one of the most unexpected career surges in Sprint Cup history? Keep in mind, just two years ago he led just a single lap all season with his single-car, Furniture Row Racing No. 78 car based out in Colorado. Truex wasn’t even supposed to last beyond the 2015 season at …

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4 Burning Questions: Will a Must-Winner Steal the Spotlight in Richmond?

Matthew T Thacker NKP

What Must-Win Driver Will Win on Saturday Night? While there are 13 NASCAR drivers who are locked into the Chase and can let it ride Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, there are even more who enter with their seasons on the line. These men and women cannot count on points and have no mathematical chance of Chase …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Claims Second NASCAR Crown Jewel of 2016

(Courtesy: NKP / Nigel Kinrade)

Who’s in the headline: For the first time in his career, Martin Truex, Jr. has won multiple races in a single season. Kevin Harvick was the dominant car for the vast majority of Sunday night’s Southern 500, but pit road miscues put him behind in the final laps and he was unable to overcome the handicap. Truex, now …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Pocono Lineup

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Pocono Raceway on July 31st for the Pennsylvania 400. Kurt Busch made his way to victory lane at the “Tricky Triangle” back in June and will look to complete the sweep on Sunday. Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske have combined to win 14 out of the 20 …

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