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Austin Hill Fails To Advance To Championship 4: ‘Just A Bummer’

2019 Phoenix NGOTS Austin Hill Truck NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Entering ISM Raceway nine points above the cutoff and starting on the pole for Friday’s (Nov. 8) Lucas Oil 150, Austin Hill was feeling pretty good about his chances of advancing to the Championship 4 next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But as soon as the green flag dropped, it was clear he faced an uphill …

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Fire on Fridays: Let Them Fight or An All-Out Brawl?

Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison

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The big talking point in the NASCAR world this week has revolved around the fight we saw this past weekend at Martinsville Speedway involving the No. 11 team of Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing and the No. 22 team of Joey Logano of Team Penske in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Notice how …

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Fire on Fridays: Talladega Always the Ultimate Form of Entertainment

2019 Talladega MENCS Pack CCK

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

For the past few years, the argument of NASCAR heading in the direction of entertainment rather than pure racing has been met with mixed emotions. It’s the traditionalists clashing with the newer fans. Like it or not, the sanctioning body is going in the direction of the former, opting for the current rules package (higher downforce, lower …

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Jimmie Johnson Earns Top 10 at Dover: ‘It’s Just Really Tough To Pass’

2019 Dover MENCS Jimmie Johnson Car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A top-10 result at Dover International Speedway for Jimmie Johnson would usually be considered a disappointment, given his track record at the Monster Mile. With 11 wins (most all-time), a trip to victory lane is customary for seven-time. But given the No. 48’s recent struggles while in the midst of an 89-race winless streak, by …

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Justin Allgaier Earns Runner-Up at Dover: ‘Just Can’t Catch A Break”

2019 Dover NXS Justin Allgaier Racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Despite leading 67 laps and having the dominant car for most of the Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway (Oct. 5), Justin Allgaier came up on spot short. Again. The runner-up result is Allgaier’s fourth such finish this season and second at Dover in as many races in 2019. The No. …

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Bubba Wallace on Alex Bowman: ‘I’d Just Had Enough Of It’

2019 MENCS Sonoma Bubba Wallace

(Photo: Danny Peters)

When Bubba Wallace splashed water on Alex Bowman following last week’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bowman was feeling under the weather and dehydrated. On Saturday (Sept. 5) at Dover International Speedway, the tables seem to have turned, as Wallace was the one under the weather. “Feel like karma is coming …

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Fire on Fridays: Is The Pay To Play Era In NASCAR Ending?

Ross Chastain Daytona watermeln

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As long as racing has been in existence, money has been paramount. That will never change, but as of late, the concept seems to be morphing to some degree. When the sport was at its peak in the early-to-mid 2000s, sponsors aplenty came into NASCAR like clockwork. Heck, I can only imagine what it’d be …

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Fire on Fridays: Christopher Bell Is Ready to Close the Deal

2019 Loudon NXS Christopher Bell Face Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If the kill in his eyes was any indication, Christopher Bell is a man on a mission. Despite his dominant performance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this past weekend, he wound up getting beat by strategy and his championship rival Tyler Reddick for the win. Bell led 154 laps, has …

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Matt DiBenedetto on Move to Wood Brothers, Wild Last Few Months

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Nobody has had a more emotional few months than Matt DiBenedetto. The current driver for Leavine Family Racing recently announced his move to Wood Brothers Racing for 2020, coming a year after his “leap of faith” from Go FAS Racing that led him to LFR. The support for DiBenedetto came pouring in during Bristol week, …

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William Byron Rallies From Contact and Spin For Top 10: ‘Really Frustrating. We Had A Great Day Going’

2019 Las Vegas MENCS William Byron Car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

William Byron‘s first NASCAR playoffs began with one of the more eventful races of his career. The defending Sunoco Rookie of the Year earned his 10th top 10 of the season on Sunday (Sept. 15) in the South Point 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, surviving a cut tire and subsequent spin to finish seventh, …

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Kevin Harvick Pleased With Runner-Up Finish: ‘Today, We Ground One Out’

2019 Las Vegas MENCS Kevin Harvick Car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Despite being the ultimate competitor he is, Kevin Harvick was very happy with his runner-up result in Sunday’s (Sept. 15) South Point 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “It was good. We had two solid stages and with the way that practice went for us, that was a miracle,” he said. “To be in contention with …

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Ryan Newman Earns Top 10 In Playoff Opener: We’re Capable Of More

2019 Las Vegas MENCS Ryan Newman Car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Death, taxes, and Ryan Newman somehow, someway ending up inside the top 10 when the checkered flag flies. The 16th-seeded Roush Fenway Racing driver earned his 10th top 10 of the season and in his career at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday (Sept. 15) in the South Point 400, gaining ground in the playoff …

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