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2-Headed Monster: Is Only 40 Cars Entered In The Daytona 500 A Cause For Concern?

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Is there reason to worry about the car count?

Sky Falling: The Doomsday 500 OK, the headline might be a bit of an over-exaggeration and a hyperbole to what this situation means, but it still is a bad sign that only 40 cars entered the Daytona 500. Of course, the first issue that arises with the small entry list is that all of the …

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5 Points To Ponder: 2018, The Year Of Your All New NASCAR

ONE: The New Guys When you write a weekly NASCAR column, even the shortest offseason in professional sports ends up feeling long without the constant drumbeat of minute-by-minute racing news. Sure, there’s a few weeks when you’re happy you don’t have to write a column or think about cars going fast and turning left. But, …

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Beside the Rising Tide: All the Young Dudes

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(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

The season hasn’t even gotten started yet and already, Kyle Busch is feeling aggrieved and voicing his displeasure (doesn’t he know doing so is the sole province of the media?) As usual, the NASCAR Media Tour itself was largely lost in an avalanche of words and predictions concerning the upcoming Super Bowl. Living here in the …

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U.S. Air Force to Sponsor Darrell Wallace Jr. for 2 Races in 2018

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The United States Air Force announced Monday, Dec. 18, that the organization will continue its partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports and the No. 43 in sponsoring rookie Darrell Wallace Jr. for two 2018 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The races will be Fourth of July weekend at Daytona International Speedway and Veterans Day …

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NASCAR Top 10 Storylines 2017: Darrell Wallace Jr. Finally Snags a Full-Time Ride with RPM

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The 2017 NASCAR season was the end of an era, on a number of different levels. Actually, the season began with one of its most familiar faces calling it quits before the green flag even fell over Speedweeks. The year finished in a similar vein, as the driving careers of two drivers who rose to …

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Richard Petty Motorsports Enters Partnership with Richard Childress Racing

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(Photo: Tom Bowles)

On Friday morning, Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced that they have entered into a partnership with Richard Childress Racing (RCR).  As a result of the deal, RPM will switch from Ford to Chevrolet, receive chassis and engineering support from RCR and use ECR Engines.  Finally, RPM will relocate to a new shop in Welcome, N.C. …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Can JTG Daugherty Racing Improve with Hendrick Data?

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

We’re hurtling towards the end of the NASCAR season, and this weekend, three champions will be crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Despite what it seems to be on television, not everything in NASCAR at the moment revolves around the playoffs. There are plenty of other stories in the sport at the moment. Obviously, the biggie is …

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STP Returning to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2018 With Darrell Wallace Jr.

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

With one race remaining in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, more news surrounding the 2018 season, and one of the biggest up and coming names in the sport, came out on Monday afternoon. Darrell Wallace Jr. and Richard Petty Motorsports will have longtime partner STP return to the famed No. 43 next …

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2-Headed Monster: Who Will Fare Better in 2018: Aric Almirola or Darrell Wallace Jr?

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS USA Friday 12 May 2017 Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports, Smithfield Ford Fusion World Copyright: Brett Moist NKP

Aric Almirola (Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Aric Almirola was announced on Wednesday as the driver of the No. 10 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing next season with sponsorship from Smithfield. Darrell Wallace Jr., who substituted for the injured Almirola earlier this season, was also named as the driver of the No. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports in late-October. The question is: Who …

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Richard Petty Motorsports Adds 3-Race Sponsor for Darrell Wallace Jr.

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Richard Petty Motorsports announced Friday afternoon a new three-race sponsorship in 2018 for the No. 43, to be driven by Darrell Wallace Jr. The sponsor will be Click n’ Close, the digital division of Mid America Mortgage, Inc. The deal begins at the Daytona 500, with other races at Phoenix and Texas. Though the manufacturer …

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NASCAR 101: How’s NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program Done So Far?

NASCAR XFINITY Series TheHouse.com 300 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, IL USA Saturday 16 September 2017 Darrell Wallace Jr, Nickelodeon Green Slime Ford Mustang World Copyright:Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

The news of Darrell Wallace Jr.’s full-time move to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018 was met with a fair share of excited NASCAR fans, some of whom have been waiting for Wallace’s breakout on the national NASCAR stage since he ran his first races in the XFINITY Series five years ago. And …

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Friday Faceoff: Did NASCAR Go Too Far with Penalties?

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS USA Saturday 21 October 2017 Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing, DEWALT Flexvolt Toyota Camry World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Last weekend’s race featured the second cut in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, and among those out is veteran Matt Kenseth, who was parked by NASCAR for having too many crew members working on his car under the damaged vehicle policy.  Is the consequence for that particular infraction too harsh, or is this …

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