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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Nets Loudon Victory With Late Restart Pass

2016 Nascar New Hampshire

23-25 September, 2016, Loudon, New Hampshire USA Kevin Harvick celebrates in victory lane ©2016, Logan Whitton/NKP

Who’s in the headline – While Joe Gibbs Racing cars dominated the event, it was Kevin Harvick who parked it in Victory Lane on Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The JGR crew and affiliate led 280 of the 300 laps. Harvick took advantage of a late race, front row restart to wrest the …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: NASCAR Implications Edition

2016 Chicago Cup Martin Truex Jr Burnout Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Sunday brought us our first Chase race and for some drivers, the first race that had real implications for them since a win earlier this season. Due to some upcoming penalties that will likely be announced Wednesday, we don’t even know what all of those implications will be. HOT It remains to be seen if …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Pulls Out 3rd Win of 2016 at Chicagoland

2016 Kansas I Cup Martin Truex Jr Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, it was only appropriate for the race winner, Martin Truex, Jr., to pounce like a ninja to grab the victory. On an overtime restart with two laps to go, Truex, who restarted fourth, ripped around the outside of Kasey Kahne and Ryan Blaney to win at Chicagoland Speedway for …

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Joey Logano Likes Team Penske’s Chances Heading into the Chase

2016 Cup Richmond Ray Evernham Joey Logano Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

As the Sprint Cup regular season came to a close at Richmond, Team Penske is in a situation similar to what it has been in over the past couple seasons. Both Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have wins, securing Chase positions for each driver. Through 26 races in the 2016 season, the duo has a combined five victories. …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: NASCAR Chase Preview Edition

2016 Daytona Ii Cup Carl Edwards Denny Hamlin Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Just trying to figure who is going to win NASCAR’s 2016 championship is a difficult proposition. Sure there are some favorites, but in this 10-race format anyone can get hot at any time and any one can go cold at any time due to any number of circumstances. At any rate, here’s a look at …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Labor Day Weekend Throwback Edition

Kevin Harvick Darlington Cup 2016 Yvonne Leonard

(Photo: Yvonne Leonard)

It was quite a weekend in NASCAR, a throwback in more ways than one. A beat and bang finish in the Camping World Truck Series kicked off the proceedings, followed by both paint schemes and attire suitable for Sunday’s Sprint Cup main event. Darlington delivered, paired with comments during and after the race that were old school and …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Kyle Larson Comes Away with First Sprint Cup Win at Michigan

2016 Michigan Ii Cup Kyle Larson Woohoo Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – Shouldering the label of best not to do something can be a heavy burden. For 98 Cup races, Kyle Larson took the green flag but was not the first one to see the checkered. After eight top 5s and 17 top 10s as a rookie, it seemed inevitable that Larson …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Pure Michigan 400

2016 Nscs Kyle Larson Chase Elliott Restart Michigan Photo Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Kyle Larson was in the spotlight for his win, but he wasn’t the only driver for Chip Ganassi Racing to take home a top 10 on Sunday as teammate Jamie McMurray came home eighth in his No. 1 Chevy.  CGR has struggled over the last couple of seasons, …

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Joey Logano Heads On-Track Early for Michigan Pole

2016 Pocono Ii Cup Joey Logano John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

In June’s first look at the lower downforce package proposed for 2017 at Michigan International Speedway, Joey Logano took the pole and went on to win the race in dominant fashion. After Friday’s Coors Light Pole qualifying, Logano is halfway to repeating his June feat in August. Logano went out a minute before anyone else and …

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Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin Among Teams Warned After Bristol Violations

2016 Pocono Cup Kyle Busch Zach Catanzareti

Photo: Zach Catanzareti

With the recent laser inspection issues the past few weeks, NASCAR has yet again handed down multiple infractions to teams across the Sprint Cup and XFINITY series. Wednesday’s penalty listing for the Sprint Cup Series included a first warning issued to Denny Hamlin‘s Joe Gibbs Racing team, along with teammate Kyle Busch‘s fourth written warning …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Colosseum Marathon Edition

2016 Bristol Ii Cup Kevin Harvick Tony Stewart Celebration Rey Del Rio Getty Images

(Photo: Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

If you were paying attention to the final weekend of the Olympics in Rio, you might have noticed that the men’s marathon took place on Sunday morning. But for NASCAR fans, and especially for those in attendance at Bristol Saturday and Sunday, the NASCAR marathon took place this weekend as well. It wasn’t quite 26.2 …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered after the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

2016 Nascar Bristol

(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. didn’t have the relaxing week off that many other drivers and their families had, instead spending the final off-week of the season saying goodbye to one of his best friends, racer Bryan Clauson, who passed away last weekend from injuries sustained in a racing accident. …

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