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Fire on Fridays: NASCAR Tires ‘Cutting’ Fantastic Finishes Short

2021 Bristol Ii Cup Aric Almirola Crash Nkp

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The big topic coming out of NASCAR’s weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway was the feud between NASCAR Cup Series championship contenders Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott. But whether Harvick was in the wrong or Elliott was in the wrong doesn’t really matter. Because neither driver was the true culprit of the incident. No, the true …

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Kyle Petty Finds ‘Another Chapter’ of Life with Return of Music Career & Charity Ride

2007 Watkins Glen Cup Kyle Petty Nigel Kinrade Autostock

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Kyle Petty may have driven his final NASCAR race 13 years ago, but he’s just as busy as ever.  In fact, Petty’s in the midst of one of his biggest years professionally. In addition to returning as an analyst for NASCAR on NBC and host of Coffee With Kyle, he started another show for the …

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Fire on Fridays: Will the Spotlight Ever Shine Again on Kevin Harvick?

Kevin Harvick before running a NASCAR race at Circuit of the Americas, May 2021. Photo: NKP

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As the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway this weekend, the driver who should be at the top of everyone’s mind is Kevin Harvick — except he isn’t. Harvick, after all, is the best active driver at the Brooklyn, Mich., track, leading the way with five wins. More impressively, four of those wins …

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Could Denny Hamlin Add Track Owner to His Résumé via Southside Speedway?

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#11: Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Freight

In addition to being a future Hall of Fame NASCAR Cup Series driver, a father, a charity runner and a basketball league commissioner, Denny Hamlin added a significant title to his résumé this year by becoming the co-owner of 23XI Racing with NBA legend Michael Jordan. Now, there’s the possibility that Hamlin could wear one …

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Fire on Fridays: NASCAR Silly Season Dominoes Left to Fall

2021 Charlotte I Cup Ryan Newman Denny Hamlin NKP

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This NASCAR Cup Series silly season has already been a wild one. From Brad Keselowski buying into Roush Fenway Racing to Trackhouse Racing Team purchasing Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cup program, there hasn’t been a silly season that’s shaken up the garage this much in quite a while. And it’s not over yet. There’s still a …

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SRX Saturday: James Hinchcliffe Makes Splash in CBS Booth, Would ‘Love’ To Race in Series

2021 Indycar James Hinchcliffe Chirs Owens Indycar Media

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One of the many unique aspects of the inaugural Superstar Racing Experience season was the revolving door of color commentators in the CBS booth. Over the course of the six-week season, three different drivers took turns joining former NASCAR lap-by-lap commentator Allen Bestwick. Danica Patrick took the first two weeks while Dario Franchitti was at …

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Fire on Fridays: 9 Other NASCAR Tracks That Need Repave or Reconfiguration

Bristol dirt track in 2021, overhead view, Jared C Tilton/Getty Images

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Speedway Motorsports Inc. got many in the NASCAR world riled up this week when it announced July 6 its plans to repave and reconfigure Atlanta Motor Speedway. Essentially, the longtime stay on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is getting more banking while its width is getting narrower in an attempt to get tighter racing at …

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Christopher Bell Stops Skid with Road America Runner-Up Finish

Christopher Bell smiles with folded arms at 2021 NASCAR Cup race at Road America, SiriusXM sponsor, NKP

Christopher Bell (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Christopher Bell rallied from a pit-road penalty to finish second in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America on Sunday afternoon (July 4). “[I’m] really proud of this No. 20 group,” Bell told NBC Sports. “It’s been a trying last two months, but we feel like we’re getting back on track here.” The finish …

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What Ganassi Selling to Trackhouse Means for Each Party Involved

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A news bomb was dropped on the NASCAR world Wednesday afternoon (June 30), when Justin Marks and Chip Ganassi announced that Trackhouse Racing had purchased the charters and assets of Chip Ganassi Racing. Ganassi will leave the series after 21 years as an owner, while Marks’ team he co-owns with Pitbull, Trackhouse, is just getting …

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Ryan Blaney’s Crew Chief Todd Gordon To Retire at Season’s End

Todd Gordon sits on top of the pit box at Road America (Photo: NKP)

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The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season will be the last call for Todd Gordon, championship-winning crew chief for Joey Logano and current crew chief for Ryan Blaney. Gordon announced on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s The Morning Drive that he would step off the pit box for good at the end of the 2021 season. ICYMI: @Team_Penske Crew …

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Hailie Deegan Proves She Belongs in SRX Runner-Up Finish at Knoxville

2021 SRX Knoxville Hailie Deegan car (Credit: Tom Bowles)

Photo: Tom Bowles

Of the three dirt ringers to show up at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night (June 19) for the second ever SRX race, Hailie Deegan had the best showing. The Camping World Truck Series regular not only bested dirt racers Scott Bloomquist and Brian Brown. But Deegan ran neck-and-neck with eventual winner Tony Stewart, who was …

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Fire on Fridays: Sam Mayer Discusses 4 Obstacles of Replacing Josh Berry

2020 I44speedway Arca Sam Mayer Face Arca Racing

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In just over a week, another prodigy driver makes his long-awaited NASCAR Xfinity Series debut. On June 26, Sam Mayer turns 18 years old. The next day, he’ll be hauling the JR Motorsports No. 8 Chevrolet into the treacherous corners of Pocono Raceway. “Oh, getting to turn 18 is one of the coolest things you …

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