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2-Headed Monster: Should JR Motorsports Make the Jump to Cup Series?

JR Motorsports teammates Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson races at 2021 Phoenix Xfinity spring Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

JR Motorsports had a great week. First, it was announced that Dale Earnhardt Jr. would run the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway on September 11. Then Justin Allgaier fought off his teammate Josh Berry to win the Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway, giving him two wins on the season. However, one of the …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Ryan Newman Hall of Fame Worthy?

Ryan Newman in the garage at Chicagoland Speedway, September 2017. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

As we await the next round of NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees, it’s natural to look to the current active drivers who are nearing retirement age (for drivers not named Harry Gant or Mark Martin) and wonder who might be eligible for future nomination. Having made 700 career starts this past Sunday at Kansas Speedway, …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Mandate Drivers Get COVID-19 Vaccines?

Bubba Wallace Denny Hamlin COVID Vaccine

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ah, yes. The COVID-19 vaccine is available and NASCAR has found itself at the forefront of the discussion. This week, NASCAR President Steve Phelps stated that requiring drivers to get a vaccine would be a “slippery slope.” Those words raised a lot of eyebrows around social media and the NASCAR world. He also said that …

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2-Headed Monster: Does a Personnel Change Need to Happen at 23XI Racing?

2021 Cup Richmond Bubba Wallace, No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota, and Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Racing (Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images via NASCAR Media_

Photo: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images via NASCAR Media

Has there been a team in recent memory to have more pressure on them in their first season than 23XI Racing? With high profile team owners like NASCAR superstar Denny Hamlin and all-time NBA great Michael Jordan, the pressure to win is high for all involved with 23XI Racing. So far in 2021, the team …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Josh Berry Get Waiver to Compete for Xfinity Title?

2021 Xfinity Martinsville Josh Berry, No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, Win (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Josh Berry‘s victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway was something special. A career short-track ace, the only thing holding Berry back from a successful career in NASCAR is money. Berry drives a Dale Earnhardt Jr. owned late model at several short tracks around the country. He has multiple short track championships …

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2-Headed Monster: NASCAR Rain Tire Test a Long Time Coming or Recipe for Disaster?

2016 Nscs Bristol Kyle Busch Rain

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

This week’s race at Martinsville Speedway (on April 10) conjures up a number of memorable images: pink hot dogs, neighborhood trains, Denny Hamlin doing Joey Logano impressions, and racing in the rain. Hey, what was that last one? NASCAR’s recent tire test evaluating the feasibility of running a wet tire at an oval with limited …

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2-Headed Monster: Did NASCAR Make Right Decision Bringing Back Bristol Dirt Race in 2022?

Bristol

(Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Bristol Dirt Race. There’s no doubt that NASCAR’s first dirt race since 1970 got people’s attention. Something else that got people’s attention was the announcement during Monday’s race (March 29) that the Bristol Dirt Race would return in 2022. It came as a surprise to some for many reasons, including the challenges NASCAR faced …

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2-Headed Monster: Will Kevin Harvick Win a Race in 2021?

Nascar Cup Series

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Jimmy John's

The 2021 season has been a season of parity so far. Through six races we’ve had six different winners and some you may not have guessed. There have been some surprises along the way, with perhaps the biggest surprise being that Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team have failed to lead a …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Austin Cindric the Favorite for the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series Title?

Nascar Xfinity Series

#16: A J Allmendinger, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Ellsworth Advisors, #22: Austin Cindric, Team Penske, Ford Mustang PPG, #2: Myatt Snider, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro TaxSlayer, #98: Riley Herbst, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Monster Energy

Austin Cindric is the defending NASCAR Xfinity Series champion. So far in 2021, Cindric is showing that he is again a force to be reckoned with in the series. He took the checkered flag in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway and won last weekend’s (March 13) race at Phoenix Raceway. He has also …

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2-Headed Monster: Will NASCAR Break the Modern-Era Record for Different Winners in a Season?

2021 Daytona Rc Cup Bell Victory Lane Nkp

The 2021 NASCAR Cup season has provided everyone with intriguing storylines and has made some in the industry wonder if that is going to be the case all season. This season was a brand new kind of season for NASCAR, as a new schedule that features a dirt race, seven road-course races and some additional …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Move Homestead-Miami Back as Championship Race?

Kyle Busch holds the 2015 NASCAR Cup Series trophy

Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)

This past weekend’s racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway was highly praised by fans, media members and racers alike. The racing was solid on both Saturday and Sunday. We saw comers and goers. We saw epic battles for the lead and the weekend sure had its share of drama. Tire strategy and tire management were keys in …

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2-Headed Monster: Does Ty Gibbs’ Meteoric Rise Leave Kyle Busch Vulnerable at Joe Gibbs Racing?

Nascar Xfinity Series

#54: Ty Gibbs, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra Monster Energy, celebrates after winning the Super Start Batteries 188 at Daytona

Last weekend, the Daytona International Speedway road course had a lot of interesting storylines. Perhaps the biggest occurred during the NASCAR Xfinity Series event when 18-year-old Ty Gibbs took the checkered flag in his first career start in the series. Gibbs’ early success is not a fluke. He has dominated the ARCA Menards Series in …

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