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Nitro Shots: And Now for the News

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The racers are taking a little break before resuming their respective championship hunts in Texas next week, but there are still many news stories to get caught up on, even if there isn’t any on track action this week. First up is a shuffling of race dates during next season’s Countdown. Charlotte traditionally kicks off …

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Pace Laps: A Flurry of NASCAR Playoff Activity

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Bittersweet Day for Hendrick Motorsports in Dover – In the end, the sweet side may outweigh the bitter Sunday at Dover International Speedway. But there was plenty of both as the four-car organization left the Delaware track. Staring with the negatives, Kasey Kahne was one of the three bullets in the …

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Pace Laps: NASCAR Playoff Stress, Tyler Reddick’s Triumph & Timothy Peters’ Impressive Return

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: A Week of Stress for Many Following New Hampshire With two of three races complete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Round of 16, we can easily place six drivers in the “stressed” category as the series heads to Dover International Speedway for the first elimination race of the playoffs. Starting …

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Pace Laps: Championship Favorites Reign at Chicago, Josef Newgarden Wins IndyCar Title

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Tales of the Turtles 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, IL USA Sunday 17 September 2017 Martin Truex Jr, Furniture Row Racing, Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota Camry celebrates his win World Copyright:Brett Moist NKP

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: The Importance of Execution – It ended some days and opened opportunity for others. Heck, it even had its place in the day of the race winner Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Execution is an important factor in tying one end of the race to the other, especially once the playoffs …

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Nitro Shots: First-Time Winners Make History at Indianapolis

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Steve Torrence at Indianapolis (photo: NHRA)

Three-time U.S. Nationals runner-up Steve Torrence finally broke through to collect his first-ever victory in The Big Go with a final-round victory over Kebin Kinsley in the Top Fuel final at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Torrence was one of three first-time U.S. Nationals winner on Monday, including J.R. Todd (Funny Car) and Drew Skillman …

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Nitro Shots: Troy Coughlin Jr. Out, Richie Crampton In

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Third-generation NHRA driver Troy Coughlin, Jr. resigned his position as driver of the Kalitta Motorsports SealMaster Top Fuel dragster, opting to move to the Top Alcohol Dragster ranks to gain more experience. The team named Richie Crampton to replace him for the remainder of the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, as well as for …

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Nitro Shots: The Big Event

NHRA 2017 Brainerd Alexis Dejoria versus Cruz Pedregon courtesy NHRA

Just one more event remains in the Mello Yello Series regular season, but it’s also the biggest event of the year: the U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis. Teams have a week off to prepare, but they’ll be working hard at not just the biggest, but the longest event of the year. Sportsman classes begin hitting the …

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Nitro Shots: A Necessary Distraction

NHRA 2017 Las Vegas Tommy Johnson Jr. courtesy NHRA

There are so many important and even, perhaps, life-changing things going on in the world right now, so why are we wasting our time talking about a sport? Why aren’t we spending our time focusing on dealing with these important issues? Because the more big-ticket issues there are, the more important drag racing becomes. That …

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Nitro Shots: NHRA Does Some Things Right, Some Things Wrong

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Last week this commentary space was occupied with some thoughts about social media and the effect of negative comments in particular, especially on people who are new to the sport. The point of the commentary was to talk about social media, not about what NHRA does right or wrong, however, along the way I noted …

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