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The Underdog House: Small Teams Thriving and Surviving in Daytona

2017 Daytona Cup Zach Catanzareti Joey Gase Bk Racing Corey Lajoie

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Well, Daytona is in the rearview mirror. Depending on who you ask, that’s either a real bummer or can’t come too soon, depending on how the race went. The thing about plate tracks is that they’re such an opportunity for teams to compete—if they’re lucky and avoid trouble.  They can also become exercises …

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Frontstretch 5: That First-Time 500 Feeling

2006 Daytona I Cup Jimmie Johnson Chaeckered Flag Nigel Kinrade

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The Great American Race: the Daytona 500.  It’s the one every driver wants to win, but in 56 tries, just 37 drivers can actually claim a victory in NASCAR’s biggest event.  We all remember seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt’s emotional win in 1998 after 20 years of heartbreak, but did you know that since that memorable …

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Friday Faceoff: Crunched Cars Crunched for Time

2016 Charlotte All Star Cup Tony Stewart Crash Damage Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

NASCAR announced Wednesday that teams that suffer crash damage during a race will have five minutes to fix it on pit road, and if they can’t get the car back on track, they must park for the day.  Good move? John Douglas, Contributor: I am actually a fan of this rule. It’s a complex variation …

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Friday Faceoff: How About All These Changes?

2016 Chicago Cup Carl Edwards Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

NASCAR issued several changes to race formats Monday. What was your instant reaction to the changes? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I really like the new points format. I like how bonus points carry throughout the Chase — whoops, I mean playoffs — and that you actually get something for running well in the first two stages of …

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The Frontstretch 5: 2017 NASCAR Developing Storylines

2016 Nascar Indy Brickyard

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

There’s a lot to take in If NASCAR’s announcement of numerous changes to race formats and points in its three national touring series didn’t give fans a lot to think about, nothing will.  Beyond that, though, there will be some changes to the cars to reduce downforce in both NASCAR’s Cup and XFINITY series.  Charters changed …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR’s Game-Changer That Doesn’t Change the Game

2016 Nascar Sprint Cup Series, Phoenix

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Raise your hand if NASCAR’s announcement on Monday left you a little shocked and confused. Oh, good, so it’s not just me. Segmented races? Championship points?  Playoff points?  It’s enough to make you wring your hands in despair. It’s certainly going to take some time to digest and learn who gets points for what and …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s the Top NASCAR Rookie For 2017?

2016 Xfinity Iowa

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Carl Edwards pulled off a move that shocked the racing community, announcing he’ll step away from NASCAR competition full-time.  If Edwards has really hung ’em up for good, what is his legacy in the sport?  Is he a future Hall of Famer? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I think he goes down as one of the …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Jimmie Johnson

2016 Nascar Charlotte

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Jimmie Johnson entered 2016 chasing NASCAR immortality.  A six-time Cup champion, Johnson had spent the previous two seasons attempting to tie Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt at seven, the series record. After winning twice in the first five races (Atlanta and Fontana), Johnson looked to be among the title favorites, but the rest of the …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Casey Mears

2016 Kansas I Cup Casey Mears Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

In NASCAR, there are no guarantees, and as such it’s possible for a team to check all the boxes and still struggle to perform.  That was the fate of Casey Mears and Germain Racing in 2016 after coming off the team’s best-ever season at NASCAR’s top level in 2015. A fueling issue in the Daytona …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: 3 Drivers, 7 Championships

Nascar Champions Portraits

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For many years, there were two. There was The King, who had come along when the sport itself was still in its infancy and who drove it from the tiny, dusty bullrings of the Southeast to the big tracks of a budding national phenomenon. Just when it seemed that The King’s sport was a getting …

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The Underdog House: Putting A Wrap On 2016

2016 Charlotte All Star Showdown Cup Michael Mcdowell Casey Mears Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Think Small It’s hard to believe the 2016 season is over—it seems like just yesterday that it began, full of promise and hope.  For some of the teams on this page, it’s been, by all counts, a good season—one of accomplishment and improvement.  For others it’s been a struggle, financial or performance, often both as …

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