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Entry List: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero 400

Elliott Leads Daytona 500

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Daytona this weekend for the Coke Zero 400. The entry list for the race has been released and there’s a number of notable changes after the road course event at Sonoma last weekend. A full field of 40 cars will contest the 160-lap, 400-mile race that’ll be broadcast …

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Cody Ware Experiencing Back Issues After Pocono, Status Up In the Air

2017 Atlanta Cup Cody Ware Car Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

This past Sunday, 35 laps into the Axalta Pocono 400, Cody Ware pulled his No. 51 Chevrolet into the garage. The official diagnosis: a DNF due to a vibration, resulting in a 39th-place result. Unfortunately we had a fuel pump go bad that ended our day early. We want to thank all our sponsors for their …

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NASCAR 101: Cup Debuts Off to a Good (OK, Better) Start in 2017

23 24 September, 2016, Sparta, Kentucky Usa Ryan Sieg ©2016, Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

There are two drivers making their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debuts this weekend! No, listen. This is kind of cool. When the green flag falls at Dover International Speedway this Sunday in the Cup Series, Ross Chastain and Ryan Sieg will be part of the starting lineup for the first time in their racing …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Intermediate Track Blues

2017 Atlanta Cup Matt Dibenedetto Car

Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP

Think Small It can be said that the real NASCAR season starts at Atlanta. The Intermediate track season kicked off last weekend and the results were fairly predictable of the small teams this week.  In general at a 1.5 to 2-mile track, these teams struggle to keep up.  You might see a couple of teams …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Thriving and Surviving in Daytona

2017 Daytona Cup Zach Catanzareti Joey Gase Bk Racing Corey Lajoie

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Well, Daytona is in the rearview mirror. Depending on who you ask, that’s either a real bummer or can’t come too soon, depending on how the race went. The thing about plate tracks is that they’re such an opportunity for teams to compete—if they’re lucky and avoid trouble.  They can also become exercises …

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Rick Ware Racing Move to Truck Series, Shut Down XFINITY Program

Rick Ware Racing will return to the Camping World Truck Series full-time in 2017, temporarily shutting down its XFINITY Series program. Spencer Boyd will pilot the truck for the team for at least a portion of the races, the driver announced Friday on Twitter. There has been talk within the team of possibly running a …

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NASCAR 101: Recent Road Ringers Who Actually Made An Impact

2015 Sonoma Cup Pack Racing Credit Danny Peters

(Photo: Danny Peters, Frontstretch)

It’s been a slow descent for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from having bona fide, competitive road course ringers entered in its events at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International, to continuing to buy into the illusion that said ringers still had a shot at a top five, let alone a win, at one of …

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Cody Ware Teams Up With Premium Motorsports for Sprint Cup Series Debut

Atlanta Trucks 2015 Cody Ware Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff) -- Cody Ware racing in the Truck Series

20-year-old Cody Ware is scheduled to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Sonoma Raceway next weekend for Premium Motorsports. Ware will pilot the No. 55 Chevrolet sponsored by Carport Empire, taking over the ride that is usually occupied by either Reed Sorenson or the team’s lead driver, Cole Whitt. In recent years, Ware has …

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Five Points to Ponder: Rain and Wind and Dust, Oh My!

2016 Las Vegas Cup Brad Keseloski Joey Logano Packe Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Team Penske Open West Coast Swing with a Bang Last season, the West Coast stretch of Las Vegas, Phoenix and Auto Club belonged to Stewart-Haas Racing. Kevin Harvick won both Vegas and Phoenix, and Kurt Busch looked like he’d take the win at Auto Club until a late-race caution bunched the field up and allowed …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Coverage Clouds Impact of New Package

2016 Las Vegas Cup Brad Keselowski Big Wrench John Harrelaon Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Last weekend in Las Vegas was not necessarily the best, weather-wise;  Michael Waltrip found that out the hard way.  It’s not quite Gene Shalit having a bad hair day on The Critic, but it was pretty bad.  Regardless, we had 700 miles of racing in Las Vegas to cover this week.  Sunday was a big …

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Cody Ware Set to Join MAKE Motorsports in 2015

2014 Richmond Ii Nns Cody Ware Cia

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There will be a new face in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season. A former TUDOR United Sports Car Series driver is set to join the NASCAR ranks on a full-time basis after running a handful of events last year. Cody Ware, 19, will pilot the No. 50 Chevrolet for MAKE Motorsports throughout …

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