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Kyle Busch, Toyota Pace 1st Cup Practice from Chicagoland

2017 Bristol Ii Nxs Kyle Busch Celebrates Lesley Ann Miller Nkp

(Photo: Lesley Ann Miller / NKP)

Kyle Busch led the field in the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice on Friday afternoon (Sept. 15) from Chicagoland Speedway ahead of the first race of the 2017 playoffs. Busch’s fastest lap of 184.143 mph (29.325 seconds), which came on his seventh and final lap, just bested his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez (183.418 mph), …

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2-Headed Monster: Is the End Coming for Richard Petty Motorsports?

2017 Atlanta Cup Richard Petty Ty Dillon Matthew T Thacker Nkp

Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP

Tuesday was a busy day in the NASCAR world, especially for Richard Petty Motorsports. In the morning, Smithfield Foods announced it would be taking its sponsorship to Stewart-Haas Racing and leaving RPM after six seasons. In the afternoon, it was announced that Aric Almirola would not return to the team in 2018. And at night, RPM and Smithfield …

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Derrike Cope, Premium Motorsports Part Ways

Darlington Cup 2017 Derrike Cope Throwback Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Coming off his 36th-place finish in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Derrike Cope and Premium Motorsports have parted ways, effective immediately. Cope has competed in 13 races this season for Premium in both the Nos. 55 and 15 Chevrolets, completing 86 percent of laps run. …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. Lands XFINITY Ride for Chicagoland

2017 Michigan Cwts Darrell Wallace Jr Trophy Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

After his previous ride with Roush Fenway Racing closed earlier this year due to lack of sponsorship, Darrell Wallace Jr. will be back in the XFINITY Series next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. The 23-year-old Mobile, Ala., native has joined forces with Biagi DenBeste Racing to pilot its No. 98 Ford Mustang with sponsorship from Nickelodeon. Bubba's …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Subway Have Left Daniel Suarez?

2017 Fontana Cup Daniel Suarez Rusty Jarrett Nkp

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

Earlier last week, Daniel Suarez had a patch over where the Subway logo would usually be on his fire suit. The reason was because the fast food sandwich company decided to terminate its contract with one race left on its deal. It ended up being a segment where Suarez handed out Dunkin’ Donuts that turned Subway away from Suarez …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Numbers Be Retired?

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Series, Charlotte

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

With the announcement Chase Elliott is going to pilot the No. 9 car next season, his father Bill Elliott’s legendary number, the talk surrounding NASCAR retiring numbers has ramped up once again. With the No. 3 and No. 43 still on track every week and the No. 24 seeing it’s third driver in four years, it …

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