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Kyle Busch Warned Following Martinsville Victory

Kyle Busch Confetti Martinsville Cup 2016 Mike Neff

Two teams were warned following the Martinsville race weekend, including Sprint Cup Series winner Kyle Busch, for issues found during inspection. Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 team was warned for failing pre-race inspection twice. He failed the laser inspection portion of the process. Busch started seventh and led 352 laps en route to his …

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Two-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Bring in More Manufacturers?

2016 Las Vegas CUP Denny Hamlin Ryan Newman racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T Thacker/NKP)

Audi in NASCAR? It might just be a reality. It may have come out of the blue, but last week NASCAR CEO Brian France told SiriusXM that Toyota’s success of going from a startup in 2007 to Sprint Cup champions in 2015 to Daytona 500 victor in 2016 has other manufacturers intrigued about joining the …

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Friday Faceoff: So, Who Should Have Been Fined?

2016 Fontana CUP Trevor Bayne pack racing Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Both Kyle Busch and Cole Pearn faced penalties for post-race comments over the weekend, and Busch was ultimately fined and placed on probation for not meeting postrace media obligations. Penalties were considered but not given when Busch accused NASCAR of fixing the NXS race on his team radio while Pearn took to Twitter to sling …

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Two-Headed Monster: Is the New Race Package Living Up to Expectations?

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

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

The 2016 season has started with a bang for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – but is it due to the new low-downforce package? Four of the five Sprint Cup races contested so far in 2016 have been run with the new low-downforce package – Daytona used the typical restrictor plate setup – and it looks …

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Mike Hillman Suing Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing

2016 Phoenix I CUP Michael mcDowell Brian Scott racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

The charter system has brought about smaller fields, bidding wars and mergers. You can add lawsuits to the list. Mike Hillman, who fielded the No. 40 car at the Sprint Cup level the previous two seasons, filed suit last Friday against former business partner Joe Falk, Circle Sport Racing, Leavine Family Racing and Circle Sport-Leavine …

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Friday Faceoff: Good Races or Good Finishes?

2016 Phoenix I CUP Kasey Kahne Ryan blaney racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

After Martin Truex, Jr. said that his team would communicate with suspended crew chief Cole Pearn via FaceTime at Phoenix International Raceway, NASCAR announced it’s looking for way to limit communication with suspended crew members.  Is this something that needs to be done, or is remote communication enough of a hindrance on its own? Mark Howell, …

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Two-Headed Monster: Is Kyle Busch’s Win Count as Impressive as it Sounds?

2016 Atlanta NXS Kyle bUSch chekered flag Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Well folks, he did it again: XFINITY Series career win No. 79, national series win No. 157. And he’s only 30. It’s no secret that Kyle Busch is a polarizing driver. He’s been both brash and mellow. He’s called NASCAR out about the cars and lack of SAFER barriers. He’s bumped to the win, he’s …

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Erik Jones Highlights Phoenix Penalty Report

2016 Phoenix I NXS Erik Jones car Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

NASCAR penalized one team and warned four others on Wednesday for infractions occurring during the Phoenix race weekend. Erik Jones’ No. 20 XFINITY Series team was levied a P2 penalty for failing post-race inspection. His car was found to be out of alignment in the rear end. Jones’ crew chief Chris Gabehart was fined $5,000 …

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Entry List: TREATMYCLOT.com 300

2013 ACS NNS Kyle Busch checkered flag CIA 430

Forty-three cars are entered for this weekend’s XFINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway, including the three previous race winners of Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch. Those three highlight the list of six Sprint Cup drivers entered in the TREATMYCLOT.com 300. Austin Dillon will drive the No. 2 for Richard Childress Racing, Busch …

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Friday Faceoff: Will Matt Kenseth Turn it Around?

2016 Las Vegas CUP Matt Kenseth Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Matt Kenseth, who entered the season as a title favorite, has yet to score a top-10 finish through three races.  Is it time for the No. 20 team to hit the panic button, or is the slow start just a bump in the road? Dustin Albino, Contributor: Matt Kenseth has had an opportunity to win …

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Two-Headed Monster: Will Kevin Harvick Win Again at Phoenix?

2015 Phoenix I CUP Kevin Harvick checkered flag credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

When you think of Daytona, you think Dale Earnhardt. Dover? Jimmie Johnson. Phoenix? Kevin Harvick. The driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet has been so good at Phoenix in recent years that one might think that the small entry list this weekend stemmed from his dominance. And while that isn’t actually the case, …

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