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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 1990s

2019 Darlington Cup William Byron Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

I changed my mind! At first, I intended to spend two articles this week combing through more than 75 movie-themed paint schemes that ran in the first decade of the new millennium. However, after realizing that next week is Thanksgiving and our readers’ attention will likely be elsewhere, along with me having extended hours at …

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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 2010s, Pt. 2

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

As mentioned in yesterday’s part one of this ranking, the 2010s featured more than 50 movie-themed NASCAR paint schemes representing 37 films released during the decade, as well as a number of Days of Thunder-themed throwbacks. The films ranged from blockbusters like Justice League, Captain America: Civil War and The Dark Knight Rises to racing- or car-themed films like …

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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 2010s, Pt. 1

Martinsville Cup 2019 Mike Neff Aric Almirola

In June, I undertook a project to dig up every single movie-themed paint scheme that ever ran across NASCAR’s three touring series and, eventually, rank them. The weeks-long search yielded that exactly 100 films have been represented on stock cars throughout the years, ranging from The Wizard of Oz to Shazam. Unfortunately, 2020 became the …

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NASCAR Indefinitely Suspends Josh Reaume

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Josh Reaume, an owner-driver in the NASCAR Xfinity and Gander RV & Outdoors Truck series, has been indefinitely suspended by NASCAR, it announced Nov. 10. The announcement came days after the series completed its season. As a driver, Reaume competed in 12 races with a best finish of 17th, also making a pair of Xfinity …

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Helio Castroneves Driving Limited 2021 IndyCar Schedule With Meyer Shank

2020 Daytona IMSA Helio Castroneves Pole Award IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

For the first time in its existence, Meyer Shank Racing announced in a statement on Tuesday it will field a second, part-time NTT IndyCar Series entry as a teammate to mainstay Jack Harvey in 2021. Helio Castroneves, a 24-time IndyCar race winner and 20-year veteran of the series, will join Harvey for six races next …

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Jimmie Johnson Finishes 5th in Final Cup Start: ‘My Heart’s Full’

NASCAR Cup Series

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In his final start in full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition, Jimmie Johnson secured a top-five finish to close out his 19-year career in the sport’s top division. The seven-time champion hasn’t won a points-paying race since 2017 but secured five top-five finishes, 10 top 10s and 107 laps led in his farewell season. “My heart’s …

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Denny Hamlin Finishes 4th at Phoenix & in Cup Championship

Denny Hamlin scratches his head on pit road at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After a seven-win season led Denny Hamlin to a berth in the NASCAR Cup Series championship round at Phoenix Raceway, the No. 11 team couldn’t seem to find its stride and fell short of the title. “We were a little off handling, but overall car speed, we just didn’t have enough,” Hamlin explained after the …

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Austin Cindric Wins Phoenix, Clinches 2020 Xfinity Series Championship

2020 Kansas II NXS Austin Cindric NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Austin Cindric survived an overtime restart, hard racing and challenges from his fellow title contenders to win the Desert Diamond Valley Casino 200 at Phoenix Raceway and, in doing so, clinch the NASCAR Xfinity Series title. The crown is Cindric’s first after a stellar season in which he scored six victories; his sixth win and …

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Brett Moffitt Dominates Phoenix, Loses Race on Final Restart: ‘I’m Just Glad it’s Over’

NASCAR Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Everything looked perfect for Brett Moffitt as the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors’ Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway was winding down. He had led more than half the race and was in position to win his second series title in three years. Perfect, that is, until a caution flew with two laps to go. …

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A Look Ahead to Cup Championship Weekend

2020 Charlotte Road Cup CHase Elliott Denny Hamlin racing NKP

After a season that featured a stoppage due to a global pandemic, way too many rain delays, a frightening crash and more oddities and bizarre moments, the NASCAR Cup Series has finally arrived at the precipice of the offseason. All that chaos has led to championship weekend, which, appropriate for the whirlwind that 2020 has …

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Did You Notice?: Martinsville Brought Chaotic Season to a Head

NASCAR Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … As if the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season (and 2020 as a whole) hadn’t been chaotic enough and there wasn’t enough around the corner with the season finale at Phoenix Raceway, Sunday’s (Nov. 1) race at Martinsville Speedway injected a dose of adrenaline into the season and its playoffs. Let’s start …

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Denny Hamlin Squeaks Into Championship Round at Martinsville

NASCAR Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Despite seven wins so far in 2020, Denny Hamlin rode the playoff cutline for most of the NASCAR Cup Series’ Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway. With just a couple points separating him and Kevin Harvick, Hamlin found his way into the championship round at Phoenix Raceway after a last-lap incident involving the No. 4. Hamlin …

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