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Did You Notice?: The Fine Line Of NASCAR Drivers’ Personal Lives & Where It All Went Wrong

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Did You Notice? … The taboo subject of an athlete’s personal life? The topic came up Sunday night after Cody Ware went off on Twitter following a wreck involving fellow Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series underdog Matt DiBenedetto. The point here isn’t to delve into what was said or whether it was even true. It’s if that …

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Did You Notice?: 12 NASCAR 2017 Storylines With 12 Races Left

2017 Watkins Glen Cup Matin Truex Jr Car Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Did You Notice? … The past few days marked the last off weekend of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season? Starting Sunday at Darlington, we’ve got 12 races in a row which culminates with the crowning of the champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. In a season filled with mixed reviews, there’s still plenty of …

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Did You Notice?: Even Hendrick Motorsports Navigating NASCAR’s Sponsor Challenges

2016 Charlotte All Star Cup Rick Hendrick Nigel Kinrade Nkp

How Did Hendrick Do in Comparison to Kyle Busch? (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Did You Notice? … The number of races where major NASCAR teams have needed primary sponsorship this year? A glance at several of the top programs shows that even some of the most valuable NASCAR ownership groups, according to Forbes have used either manufacturer backing or their own businesses as major sponsors. Perhaps the most notable example is Stewart-Haas …

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Did You Notice?: Kurt Busch’s Daytona 500 Win Distracts From Difficult Season at Stewart-Haas Racing

2017 Atlanta Cup Kurt Busch Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Did You Notice? … That despite his Daytona 500 victory, Kurt Busch is having one of the more disappointing seasons of his NASCAR career? In the wake of reports Stewart-Haas Racing will decline his option for 2018,  it’s notable to stop and consider that. When Busch first signed with SHR in 2014, it took awhile to build …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Silly Season Turns Toward The Sophisticated Business Of NASCAR Charters

2017 Phoenix I Cup Ryan Blaney Pack Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell Labounty/NKP)

Did You Notice? …. That Brad Keselowski’s signing narrows down the list of Silly Season question marks? Keselowski’s extension, announced Tuesday, keeps him in the Team Penske No. 2 Ford with sponsorship from Miller Lite. The move came paired with a new contract for crew chief Paul Wolfe as well; the duo will continue their successful …

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Did You Notice?: Drivers No Longer Dread the NASCAR DNF?

2017 Dover I Cup Brad Keselowski Kurt Busch Crash Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Did You Notice? … The sport’s DNF total has ticked up this season? In a year of transition for the sport on top of the point standings, there’s also been an increase in early trips to the garage. Just look at how the DNF totals have increased for the best drivers in the sport. Total DNFs – …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Aging Ownership

2016 Daytona Ii Cup Roger Penske Champagne Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … NASCAR has struggled to bring new owners to the track this season? Through 17 races, only 43 different cars have made an attempt to qualify. That’s easily the smallest number in modern NASCAR history for the Cup Series. Just a decade ago, the starting grid was 43, not 40 while 48-50 cars were …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Daytona Races Can Be Deceiving

Kurt Busch And Wife

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

Did You Notice? … NASCAR races at Daytona can be deceiving? The sport’s Super Bowl, February’s Daytona 500 is known as a race whose winner rarely competes for the series title. Only Jimmie Johnson (2006 & 2013) has accomplished the feat since 1998. There’s a lot of reasons Daytona winds up so different than the rest …

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Did You Notice?: Danica Patrick’s Tough Luck

2017 Kansas I Cup Danica Patrick Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Did You Notice? … Danica Patrick’s disproportionate amount of bad luck? Some have been critical of Patrick’s attitude in recent weeks, from her Kansas post-race comments to the well-publicized Pocono video in which she reacted to fans booing her. That’s not the only problem she’s had off the track this season. There’s the small matter of primary …

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Did You Notice?: 17 NASCAR Winners Is Becoming Distinct Possibility?

2017 Las Vegas Cup Matt Kenseth Ruddell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Did You Notice? … We are getting closer to the possibility NASCAR will end up with 17 winners this season? After Ryan Blaney broke through at Pocono, the third first-time winner this season, there’s a growing list of upstarts pushing into the playoffs. 10 different names (and nine potential playoff spots) have been snagged in the first …

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Did You Notice?: Darrell Wallace Jr. Fights For NASCAR Career

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Did You Notice? … Darrell Wallace Jr. is embarking on an audition for his NASCAR career? To me, the most telling moments of his Tuesday press conference were when Wallace was asked about the future, after Aric Almirola returns to the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford. “Honestly I can’t really touch on that,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.” …

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Did You Notice?: How Quickly Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 Winners Forgotten

2016 Xfinity Homestead Miami Speedway Austin Dillon Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … By Wednesday, no one seems to care who triumphed on the greatest weekend in racing? That the biggest story from both the Indianapolis 500 and Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Coca-Cola 600 had nothing to do with who won? It’s not just that both races suffered through ratings declines (both were down 13 percent). Other sideshow-like …

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