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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Daytona Edition

2106 Sonoma CUP pack racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

As has become the trend lately with road courses, last weekend’s race at Sonoma played more like a short track, complete with some last-lap bumping and banging. However, Sonoma wasn’t the only track that saw contact. The Truck Series was in Gateway over the weekend and had some contact of its own – though this …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Sonoma Edition

2016 Charlotte CWTS William Byron truck Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

It was a bit of different kind of racing weekend as the Sprint Cup series was off, but the Truck and XFINITY Series races provided plenty of good plots and subplots throughout the weekend. So, this week’s column will give some time and space to drivers and teams in those two series. HOT William Byron …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Post-Michigan Edition

2016 Michigan I CUP Joey Logano confetti John HArrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

The racing weekend at Michigan and Texas gave fans plenty of variety. Youth showed us their talents, restarts were crazy, at least two of the finishes were well worth waiting for and then there was a special groundhog appearance. Just your normal racing weekend. HOT Sooner or later Joey Logano was going to win a …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Michigan Edition

2016 Pocono I CUP Ryan Blaney Jamie McMurray Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

This weekend at Pocono was the best of times and the worst of times. Yes, it was the Tale of Two Tracks, except that it was still the same place. But that’s how it goes on some late spring weekends in the eastern Pennsylvania mountains. HOT Kurt Busch became the latest driver to climb the …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono Edition

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

The best day in auto racing gave us two differently distinct types of races, but the final results brought about similar feelings. There was awe in how a rookie could save so much fuel, snookering several top-notch IndyCar teams and competitors down the stretch. The awe we felt with Martin Truex, Jr. reaching Victory Lane was connected to dominance; …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Charlotte Edition

2016 Charlotte All Star CUP Matt Kenseth crash John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

It’s no secret NASCAR’s All-Star Race wasn’t exactly an A+ effort last weekend. That said, let’s keep in mind all-star events for the other major U.S. sports have pretty much been duds for the last several years. The NFL’s Pro Bowl changes the rules to significantly decrease the chance for injury. In the NBA and NHL, …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Dover Live Edition

2016 Dover I CUP Matt Kenseth racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

A few times a year, I am fortunate enough to actually attend a NASCAR race in person and this weekend was one of those times. When you attend a NASCAR event, while the main attraction is the Sprint Cup race, there are plenty of other things that happen that make the experience either worth it …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Dover Edition

2016 Kansas I CUP Kyle Busch burnout Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

NASCAR’s annual Mother’s Day Eve race gave us a mixed bag Saturday night. The low downforce package seemed to help the overall action at Kansas but as Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. proved throughout the night at this 1.5-mile oval the leader was hard to catch and even more difficult to pass. HOT Kyle Busch returned to …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Kansas Edition

2016 Talladega I CUP Brad Keselowski burnout Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

There was plenty of rolling and tumbling in the Sprint Cup race at Talladega Sunday. That’s been a big topic of debate in these couple of days after the race. It’s something NASCAR is trying to prevent, but when you get cars going at nearly 200 mph only inches away from each other, no matter …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Talladega Edition

2016-Martinsville-I-CUP-Ryan-Blaney-car-Amy-Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson)

If you wonder if watching a NASCAR race is good for you, then were a lot of good reasons to like what happened in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Richmond: Long green flag runs: Check. Multiple yellows to bunch the field back up: Check. Seeing Smoke back out on the track: Check. An unexpected Earnhardt special on the …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Richmond Edition

2016-Bristol-I-CUP-Carl-Edwards-Checkered-Flag-Matthew-T-Thacker-NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

This one goes to out to your inner gymnast, the lover of the underdogs and the days and the days of heat and last chance races after what took place during the Sprint Cup race at Bristol on Sunday and the Xfinity race Saturday. HOT Someone other than Kyle Busch won a NASCAR race for …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Bristol Edition

2016 Texas I CUP Martin Truex Jr Kyle Busch racing John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

For a while on Saturday night, the waiting was the hardest part for anyone interested in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. But the once the raindrops stopped falling on heads, cars, pit boxes, etc., it turned into a fairly entertaining race for those of us who managed to stay up until …

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