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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Injury About More than 1 Race

2016 Fontana CUP DAle Earnhardt Jr Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

For the second time in the last five seasons, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will sit out at least one race due to a possible concussion.  A Hendrick Motorsports release didn’t specify the cause, however Earnhardt was involved in a multi-car crash at Daytona two weeks ago and said Thursday his symptoms began before last weekend’s race. …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things We Didn’t Learn at Kentucky

2016 Kentucky CUP pack racing sunset Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

What worked and what didn’t with the rules It was hard to get a handle on the package this week as there were simply too many other variables between the repave and reconfiguration of the track and a different, harder tire from Goodyear. The small changes we saw at Charlotte Motor Speedway were promising and …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams from Kentucky to New Hampshire

2016 Pocono I CUP Ty Dillon Car Anthony Lumbis Sr.

(Photo: Tony Lumbis Sr.)

So… what makes a small team? Yep, I addressed this last week, but again, we’ll give it one more time for those race fans who missed the last edition. I’m frequently asked how I categorize NASCAR’s teams, and I’m sure lots of people have a different definition, but I look at a couple of things …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2016 Quaker State 400

2016 Kentucky CUP pack racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/ NKP)

Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Are you among those who think that Tony Stewart’s win at Sonoma was a little too convenient?  Well, maybe not so fast.  Stewart showed top-5 prowess again this week, moving steadily up through the field all night to finish fifth.  Stewart showed patience and good strategy en route to …

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The Frontstretch 5: Compromises Fans & Teams May Need to Make Soon

NASCAR Victory Lap & After The Lap

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One item expected to be discussed in this week’s Drivers’ Council meeting is fan access. That’s a discussion some fans should be paying attention to, because in the end, it does affect the fan base. While NASCAR fans do have some unique access to the sport and its teams through pit and garage passes, it’s …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams from Daytona to Kentucky

2016 Daytona II CUP Michael McDowell Michael annett racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

What makes a small team? I’m frequently asked how to categorize NASCAR’s teams. I look at a couple of things when I make the list each spring: budget and performance.  Small teams simply don’t have the budgets of the larger ones, even middle-tier organizations.  They may have alliances with bigger teams, but that doesn’t mean everything gets handed …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Coke Zero 400

2016 Daytona II CUP pack racing IV Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade /NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Perhaps the most positive thing that can be said for restrictor-plate races is that because the cars are more equal than anywhere else, a different group of drivers can shine. That’s what happened Saturday night; a small group of wheelmen whom fans are usually quick to write off shone …

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Friday Faceoff: Time for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to Panic?

2016 Martinsville I CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr Matthre T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T Thacker/NKP)

NASCAR announced a few changes to qualifying, including using owner points instead of practice speeds to determine the lineup if qualifying is rained out and giving a provisional spot to an open team during the Chase if that team makes the playoffs.  Was this the right move at midseason, or should NASCAR have waited until …

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The Frontstretch 5: Winless Drivers Who Could Surprise at Daytona

2016 Phoenix I CUP Clint Bowyer Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

For the second week in a row, the Sprint Cup Series is visiting a track where the usual suspects aren’t the only options as the equality of the cars puts a large percentage of the race in the drivers’ hands. There’s a good chance the series could see its 11th different winner of 2016 and, while Dale …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Toyota Save Mart 350

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who…gets my shoutout of the race? He may have been visibly disappointed when the checkered flag flew, but the fact is that Denny Hamlin had a great day at Sonoma Raceway.  Hamlin’s second-place run was his best-ever result at the track and the first time since 2009 that he’s finished better than 18th there.  Hamlin …

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The Frontstretch 5: Must-Follow Racing Twitter Accounts

2016 Las Vegas CUP Joey Logano Todd Gordon John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Social media has rapidly become a go-to for all things, racing included.  Fans can interact with their favorite drivers and broadcasters and often see a different side of people that doesn’t come across on television.  Here are just a few of the fabulous racing-related Twitter feeds fans can follow to get a glimpse inside the …

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