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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Bank of America 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? There was a time when losing a lap for an unscheduled pit stop and a pit road penalty would have meant a meltdown from Kyle Busch.  But that time is past, and those problems, along with a piece of an 11-car pileup and subsequent repairs, didn’t rattle Busch, who …

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Bank of America 500 Postponed for Weather

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

The Bank of America 500, scheduled for Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, has been rescheduled at noon Sunday due to persistent rain from Hurricane Matthew. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300, which had been rescheduled from Friday night to Sunday morning, will now be run after the Bank of America 500 on …

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Friday Faceoff: How Should NASCAR Reward the Regular Season?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

NASCAR said Tuesday it is open to rewarding the driver who has the point lead after the 26-race regular season. How should that driver in each series be recognized, if at all? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: My first reaction was that it’s about time NASCAR rewards the best driver for the majority of the season.  Unfortunately, my second was …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Whatever Happened to NASCAR’s American Dream?

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Picture this: Young driver breaks into a top-level racing series with a smaller team after working his way through the ranks, winning along the way, taking a title or two in other divisions.  He runs well enough with those teams to grab a couple of wins, beating all comers, including the big powerhouse teams.  That …

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Hendrick Motorsports, Furniture Row Racing Announce New Sponsors

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(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

A pair of NASCAR Sprint Cup teams announced new sponsorship deals on Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway ahead of Saturday night’s Bank of America 500. Hendrick Motorsports added uniform service company UniFirst to its No. 5 car.  The 8-year deal covers two races in 2016 and 2017, with the first at Talladega in two weeks, …

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The Underdog House: Getting a Foothold in 21st Century NASCAR

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Think Small One of the chief worries about NASCAR’s charter system when it was instituted this year was how new teams would be able to get a foothold in the sport, and while that is a concern on paper, in practice, the charter system changes very little, because teams entering the spot already have the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the Citizen Soldier 400

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Who…gets my shoutout of the race? With so many drivers making the Chase, the early races are all about them in the finishing order, but there was one party crasher in the top 10 in the form of Jeff Gordon in the No. 88. Gordon led seven laps late, but needed a late caution that …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers You Need to Watch in the Chase

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1. Joe Gibbs Racing This group has been so strong in 2016, and not just any one of them. When one is having an off day, another is dominating. The JGR Toyotas have a bit more speed than the competition this year, and all four drivers—defending champ Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Denny …

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The Underdog House: What Small Teams Want You to Know

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Think Small I had a conversation this past weekend with Germain Racing driver Casey Mears, and I asked him the one thing he wished that NASCAR fans understood about his job. Mears offered the following assessment. “The thing I wish more fans knew is just how difficult it is to get one of these cars …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Bad Boy Off Road 300

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? It’s never easy to drive in a fill-in role.  Four-time champion Jeff Gordon can attest to that after a stint filling in for former Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  With the Chase underway, teams outside the championship picture rarely get much airtime. But over the last couple …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: In the Interest of Fairness

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

NASCAR did something this week that should, on one level, be applauded: the sanctioning body made a rules change to post-race penalty procedures because the rule it had adopted proved to be unfair when applied in competition.  That, in itself, is an important step. Here’s what happened: Last week, NASCAR said that if a Chase …

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