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Kickin’ the Tires: Early Struggles Don’t Bode Well for Several Top Drivers

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With four races in the books for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season, there is already bubbling criticism about some teams going into crisis mode – take Tony Stewart for example. But other top drivers are not immune to poor finishes. Stewart is currently in 36th position, and while reporters aren’t supposed to have a favorite …

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Kickin’ the Tires: It’s time for NASCAR to #LetKurtReturn

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A photo near the entrance of the infield media center in Las Vegas was the only indication of Kurt Busch's presence at his hometown track. Photo by Jerry Jordan/KickinTheTires.Net

For the first time in 15 years, a Sprint Cup Series race was held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway without a Busch brother being part of the action. With Kyle Busch recovering from a broken leg sustained in Daytona and Kurt Busch fighting for reinstatement following his suspension, the only indication the two brothers were …

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Inspection Chaos Casts Shadow Over NASCAR Qualifying Session

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Jeff Gordon discusses qualifying inspection issues with fellow drivers Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Photo by Jerry Jordan

Jerry Jordan – KickinTheTires.Net HAMPTON, Ga. – If you missed ‘Inspection-gate’ because you were too focused on finding Travis Kvapil’s stolen No. 44 Sprint Cup Series car so you could score hot passes to every race of the year, there was another issue going on at Atlanta Motor Speedway that needs to be addressed going forward. …

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Kickin’ the Tires: SAFER barriers coming too late for Kyle Busch

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KickinTheTires.Net By Jerry Jordan DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In case you didn’t hear, Joey Logano won the Daytona 500. Not to take away from Logano’s victory, but it is hard to overlook the fact that two of NASCAR’s fiercest competitors were not in the race. Kurt Busch was out after being indefinitely suspended for “actions …

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Kickin’ The Tires: Knockout Qualifying Takes A Beating From Top Drivers

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Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson may like knockout qualifying for the Daytona 500, but those sentiments were not shared by most of their colleagues in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage. Gordon will lead the field to the green in his last-ever start in the sport’s biggest race – a scenario that couldn’t have been …

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