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NASCAR Mailbox: Developing Rivalries Creates Positive Vibes for NASCAR

It has been way too long since NASCAR had a rivalry. You cannot consider Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano’s month-long battle a rivalry. The same can be said about Kenseth and Logano’s teammate, Brad Keselowski, having a duel at Texas Motor Speedway in 2014. NASCAR’s lack of rivalries has a lot to do with camaraderie within …

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Danica Patrick Facing Possible Penalty for Walking on Hot Track

Following a hard hit entering Turn 1 at Auto Club Speedway, Danica Patrick is in line for a possible penalty from NASCAR. Patrick made contact with Kasey Kahne with 80 laps remaining in the Auto Club 400 on Sunday afternoon, slamming the outside wall on the frontstretch. The impact was hard enough to send her No. …

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NASCAR Mailbox: NASCAR & Politics?

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Granite State 70

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

The start of the NASCAR season has been wild to say the least. But in the lower tiers of NASCAR, things are just getting started. As the K&N Pro Series East finally completed its second event of the year, its young drivers are poised at a title run. Looking to make a name for themselves, …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Kasey Kahne’s Optimistic Approach with Hendrick Motorsports in 2016

As soon as he made it to “the show,” Kasey Kahne made headlines week-in and week-out. At the time, there may not have been a driver considered to be as hot on and off the track. Heck, he even won a contest on Fox for being the sexiest driver. After Ray Evernham partnered with George Gillett, …

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Up to Speed: Rookies Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney Impress at Phoenix

Rookies aren’t supposed to be competing for top fives and wins with the veterans, right? At most, they should barely be running near the top 10. Eh, try again. This year’s class of “super rookies” have already begun to make their mark in NASCAR’s premier division. A mere four races into the season, two young …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Could Short Fields Hurt NASCAR?

2016 Las Vegas CUP Ryan Blaney pack racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

The start of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has been a roller coaster ride. Some teams have struggled, while others have sky-rocketed to the front of the field. However, the charter system that NASCAR and its team owners implemented prior to the season has shaken things up quite a bit. Originally, the starting …

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Hendrick Motorsports Crew Uninjured as Plane Makes Emergency Landing

2016 Las Vegas CUP Jimmie Johnson car John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Heading back to Charlotte, N.C. from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, an aircraft carrying multiple Hendrick Motorsports crew members experienced issues that forced an emergency landing mid-way through the trip. Making an emergency landing at Memphis International Airport after smoke filled the cabin, according to a report from WMC Action News. The plane had previously made a stop in …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Why Would Stewart-Haas Racing Move from Chevy to Ford?

It isn’t rare in sports for athletes to swap teams or even just brands, however, it is rare that the team swaps things around. But that is exactly the case for Stewart-Haas Racing. In 2017, the organization will make the bold move, going from Chevrolet to Ford after being with the manufacturer synonymous with apple pie since …

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NASCAR CEO Brian France, Multiple Drivers Endorse Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

2014 Daytona Sprint Cup Brian France Press Conference Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

Making an appearance prior to Super Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walked the across a stage at Valdosta State University in Georgia attempting to sway voters to support the real estate mogul. Adding a NASCAR presence to his campaign, Trump was endorsed by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. Citing that France’s “leadership and strength are …

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NASCAR Overnight Ratings Decline for Second Straight Week

For the second straight week, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series television ratings plummeted. According to Sports Media Watch, overnight ratings for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway declined approximately 27 percent from 2015. Following a recent trend of decreasing ratings, the Atlanta race, which was broadcasted on Fox, featured a record-low overnight …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Daytona 500 Ratings Decrease — Why?

The Daytona 500 is in the history books. Whether it was a great race or not is debatable. However, that is not in question is the quintessential finish that Brian France and Co. were eyeing from above. In a world where technology is taking over and television is becoming an infrequent visit, ratings for most …

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