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Austin Dillon, Erik Jones Lead Early XFINITY Practices at Kentucky

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

As the NASCAR XFINITY Series completed its first laps on the newly-repaved Kentucky Speedway, a couple of the paddock’s best led the way. Austin Dillon and Erik Jones put down laps of 28.761 seconds and 28.994 seconds, respectively, to top the first two of four XFINITY Series practices tabbed for Thursday on the 1.5-mile Kentucky oval. Dillon’s speed in …

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The 10: Dominance in Daytona

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Anyone who thinks a restrictor plate race can’t be dominated need look no further than Brad Keselowski’s drubbing of the field in Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 to be proven wrong. Driving a strong No. 2 Ford, Keselowski fended off a wealth of challengers, including brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch, to claim his first victory at …

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Roush Fenway Finds Marquee Moment Amidst Resurgent 2016 Campaign

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(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Brad Keselowski finally earning a coveted victory at Daytona International Speedway may be the lasting story to come out of the Ford camp this week. However, the manufacturer also added a bit of icing to their cake for the night thanks to a vintage performance from Roush Fenway Racing. Coming in the midst of a resurgent …

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Daniel Suarez Talks Breaking Through in NASCAR, Championship Hopes

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Competing for wins and a championship is difficult in any series. Trying to do the same when you’re teammates with the greatest driver in series history and one of the few drivers that proved they can beat him? That sounds borderline impossible. Yet such is the situation Daniel Suarez finds himself in during the 2016 …

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IndyCar Succeeds in Road America Return

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(Photo: Chris Jones/IndyCar)

In a year of returning traditions, the Verizon IndyCar Series racing at Road America may have been the best story of all. While it may not have held the same prestige as May’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, IndyCar’s voyage to Wisconsin served as the ultimate return to roots, with a large crowd coming to enjoy the spectacle. Hidden …

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The 10: Smoke Show in Sonoma

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

How about that. He actually did it. Tony Stewart held off Martin Truex, Jr., and used a well-time body slam to get the best of Denny Hamlin, capturing a win for the third time in his 17-year career at Sonoma Raceway. Things got interesting behind Smoke, too. Hamlin, typically an afterthought on road courses, came …

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The Chase to the Chase: Smoke’s In. Who’s Out?

2016 Pocono I CUP Kasey Kahne Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Smoke has risen, this much we all know. Tony Stewart‘s electrifying drive to Victory Lane at Sonoma Raceway will likely clinch the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion into this year’s Chase. No, it isn’t certain – Stewart still sits 31st in points, nine points out of the top 30 – but assuming the 49-time …

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Will Power Triumphs in IndyCar’s Road America Return

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski/IndyCar)

After years of hopes and occasional rumors of a return, the Verizon IndyCar Series finally made its way back to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for a feature at Road America. 50 laps later, it was 2014 ICS champion Will Power prevailing to score a dominant win in the KOHLER Grand Prix. Power paced the field around the 4.014-mile …

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Tracking the Trucks: Christopher Bell Punches Chase Ticket at Gateway

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

In a Nutshell: Christopher Bell worked his way to the front after final stops and survived a melee in the closing laps to take the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park. Bell held off a hard-charging Ben Rhodes to punch his way into the Chase. Bell was forced to make a major save after …

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John Wes Townley, Spencer Gallagher Fight in Gateway, Twitter Hilarity Ensues

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(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher have been two of the more lovable drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series paddock for the past few seasons. Townley, with his #JWT-tweeting fanbase and enduring career, and Gallagher, with a personality that often brings laughter from his fans, have typically been good, if quiet, fixtures of …

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Christopher Bell Bounces Back, Punches Potential Chase Ticket with Gateway Win

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

2016 hasn’t been the season that Christopher Bell wanted so far, but thanks to a win at Gateway Motorsports Park, the rookie’s ticket to the Chase has been punched. Bell inherited the lead on the final round of cautions and got the better of multiple late race melees – both in and out of the …

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Ben Rhodes Sweeps NCWTS Practices, Abreu to Backup at Gateway

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(Photo: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Ben Rhodes used a late mock qualifying run to top final practice and sweep the morning sessions at Gateway Motorsports Park. Rhodes, 19, completed a 33.148-second lap late in Saturday’s final session to lead the way for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Johnny Sauter (33.208) ended the round second on the charts, with John Hunter …

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