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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Race in the Rain?

2016 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course NXS photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

We’ve seen the XFINITY Series race in the rain before, but Saturday’s race at Mid-Ohio was on a whole ‘nother level. Drivers spun out left and right, others fought non-working windshield wipers, and still others made pit stops and put on slicks hoping that when the rain ended they could zoon out to the lead. When all was said …

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2-Headed Monster: How Will Erik Jones Fare in His Rookie Season?

2016 Watkins Glen Cup Furniture Row Racing Erik Jones Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

One of the worst-kept secrets of the season was officially revealed on Sunday when Furniture Row Racing announced that Erik Jones would be moving to Sprint Cup full-time in 2017. Jones, a Joe Gibbs Racing development driver, will move to JGR’s satellite operation in 2017, driving the No. 77 Toyota as a teammate to Martin Truex, Jr. For …

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Double Take: A Chris Buescher-Inspired ‘Where Are They Now?’

2016 Indianapolis CUP Chris Buescher Michael Annett racing Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

When Chris Buescher was declared the winner of the Pennsylvania 400 on Monday, he joined an elite list of drivers as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner. He is the 185th different winner in Cup history, and his win was the fourth ever for the No. 34, his car number. In honor of Buescher’s first-ever …

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2-Headed Monster: Can Chris Buescher Crack the Top 30 in Points?

2016 Pocono II CUP Chris Buescher Bob Osborne trophy Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

It’s not a secret that Mother Nature likes to throw a monkey wrench in NASCAR. Rain has played a big role in the sport over the years, and the sport has even seen snow delays. Wind, lightning, and fog have also delayed of races, and last weekend’s events at Pocono included a bit of all …

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2-Headed Monster: Who’s the Title Favorite: Kyle Busch or Brad Keselowski?


(Photo: Jerry Jordan, Frontstretch)

Seven past champions are racing full-time in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and from the looks of it, one of them will take the title when the checkered flag falls at Homestead in November. Cup champs Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson have combined to …

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Double Take: 22 Hendrick Drivers Played Part in Getting to 1,000 Top 5s

2016 Loudon I CUP Chase Elliott Jimmie Johnson Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

You may have heard that Hendrick Motorsports is just one top 5 away from 1,000 in the Sprint Cup. Just take a moment and let that sink in: Hendrick Motorsports has placed a driver in the top 12.5 percent of the field on 999 occasions. Its most-accomplished driver, Jeff Gordon, has only raced 797 races in …

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Friday Faceoff: Is NASCAR at Indianapolis Motor Speedway In Trouble?

Kevin Harvick leads a pack of cars in the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

The 100th edition of the Indianapolis 500 sold out, but the Brickyard 400 this Sunday might get 20 percent of the fan base. How low will attendance need to go for either Indianapolis Motor Speedway or NASCAR to ever consider pulling this race? Do you see stock cars racing at Indy in five years? Sean Fesko, …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Cars That Fail Inspection Keep the Win?

2016 Loudon I CUP Matt Kenseth pack racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Did you hear? The race-winning car of Matt Kenseth failed post-race inspection following New Hampshire on Sunday. Kenseth’s car was found to have failed laser inspection, and the team was docked 15 points and crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $25,000. The No. 20 car wasn’t the first winning machine to fail inspection this season; …

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Matt Kenseth Docked 15 Points Following Loudon Win

2016 Loudon I CUP MattKneseth woohoo Matthew T Thacker NKP

The race-winning team from Loudon was penalized following post-race inspection. Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 team was docked 15 points and crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $25,000 for failing laser inspection following the New Hampshire 301. Multiple teams were warned for failing pre-qualifying inspection. The No. 1 of Jamie McMurray, No. 3 of Austin Dillon, …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Out At Least Another Two Weeks; Jeff Gordon to Sub


(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

While one star won’t be racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend and Pocono Raceway the next, another star will be stepping out of retirement to fill in. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who missed Loudon last weekend due to concussion-like symptoms, will again miss the Sprint Cup shows this weekend at Indy and the following week …

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Double Take: New Kentucky Surface Could Lead to Troubles for Past Winners

Kentucky Rain

(Photo: Aaron Bearden, Frontstretch)

NASCAR is heading to a brand-new track this weekend: Kentucky Speedway. OK, it’s not new in the sense that teams have never been to the facility before, but in the fact that the track itself has undergone a huge renovation in the past year. Gone is the old asphalt, bumpy and rough and tough to …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Plate Racing the Best Form of Racing?

2016 Daytona II CUP packr acing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

What makes for great racing? Is it close-quarters beatin’ and bangin’? A mix of strategy and engineering? How about fuel mileage? Is that too slow? Then how about pure, unadulterated speed? Short tracks, road courses, intermediates, plate races: is any one type of track more conducive to great racing? Based on television numbers, it would …

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