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4 Burning Questions: The Search for More Money

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How much is the new NHL deal worth? This week, ESPN and the NHL agreed to a sweeping new TV rights package, beginning with the next season later this year. The seven-year deal brings a reported $400 million to the league annually, or double what the league’s current deal with NBC brings. The interesting part …

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Fire on Fridays: A (Camping) World of Difference

Raphael Lessard races with another truck adorned with Camping World colors in 2021 Las Vegas spring race Photo NKP

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Chances are last weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a struggle for about a fourth of the spotters guiding drivers around the track, but the final product was better for it. For Las Vegas, Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis offered $15,000 to any team that ran a Camping …

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Friday Faceoff: Can Anything Be Done to Enhance Competitors’ Mental Health?

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Ty Dillon’s recent podcast is another example of the mental toll racing can take. Is there anything NASCAR or teams can do to alleviate it, or is the intense stress an inevitability? Mark Kristl: Professional athletes always face pressure. If they do not perform well enough, they become unemployed. It is partly why athletes retire …

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Jessica Friesen Running Bristol Dirt Truck Race

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The inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt course will have a husband-and-wife duo. Jessica Friesen and Stewart Friesen will race together for Halmar Friesen Racing, HFR announced March 11. Stewart will drive his full-time No. 52 Toyota, and Jessica will drive an additional entry, the No. 62 Toyota. The …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Grant Enfinger Making Most of Part-Time Schedule

Tanner Gray and Grant Enfinger race together at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Photo: NKP

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It all started with a last-minute announcement. It wasn’t until February when ThorSport Racing finalized its Camping World Truck Series lineup for the 2021 season, and just a few short months after racing for a championship and coming up short, Grant Enfinger was left facing down a part-time schedule. According to the team announcement, former …

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Kevin Harvick, Ryan Preece Add Xfinity, Truck Races

Ryan Preece and Kevin Harvick talk before 2021 Homestead Cup race Photo: NKP

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Kevin Harvick is the latest upper-series driver to throw his name into the ring at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Harvick will drive the No. 17 for David Gilliland Racing at Bristol, KHI Management announced March 10. Additionally, Harvick has been announced for three Xfinity Series races …

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Conor Daly on Returning to NASCAR Trucks, Looking Ahead to 2021 IndyCar Season

Conor Daly No. 44 truck of Niece Motorsports races in 2021 Las Vegas race Photo NKP

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If you were watching Friday (March 5) night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, you might’ve seen Conor Daly driving the No. 44 for Niece Motorsports. Perhaps you remember him from making his truck debut in Sin City last fall, his Xfinity Series appearance at Road America in 2018 or, …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is a Cup Series Return on AJ Allmendinger’s Radar?

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Kaulig Racing’s AJ Allmendinger visited victory lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and is now locked into the Xfinity Series playoffs. With Kaulig’s NASCAR Cup Series aspirations and Allmendinger’s resume, is a return to the Cup Series on Allmendinger’s radar? Kyle Busch came up one spot short of the Camping World Truck Series win in …

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Cole Custer’s Crew Chief Mike Shiplett Suspended for 1 Race

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Several penalties from the past weekend’s races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway were handed down, including a one-race suspension and $20,000 fine for Cole Custer’s crew chief Mike Shiplett, NASCAR announced Tuesday, March 9. The No. 41 team was in violation of Section 10.9.10.4, which is the section that deals with missing lug nuts. Custer, …

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Tracking the Trucks: John Hunter Nemechek Beats Kyle Busch for Las Vegas Win

2021 Trucks Las Vegas John Hunter Nemechek, No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, Victory Lane (Credit: NKP)

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In a Nutshell: John Hunter Nemechek scored his first win since returning to the Camping World Truck Series after spending a year running in the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He led a race-high 94 of 134 laps and endured three late-race restarts in the final 30 laps en route to his …

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