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More Short Tracks, Please

2016 Martinsville I Cup Overhead View Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

These past few weeks at short tracks sure have been fun, haven’t they? It’s a shame we won’t see another one until August. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series put on another thrilling race – and finally another scheduled day race – at Richmond International Raceway with Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400. The 400-mile thriller was the …

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NASCAR 101: Shades of Rich Bickle

Another driver came to mind when Matt DiBenedetto finished sixth at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series last weekend, and that was even before his post-race interview. To recap, although chances are you’ve seen the stories or read the interviews by now: DiBenedetto, driver of the No. 83 for BK Racing, managed …

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The Frontstretch 5: Items That Should Be on the Collective NASCAR Mind This Week

2016 Bristol I Cup Matt Dibenedetto Racing John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

1. Fans need to know who the drivers are The finish at Bristol featured something you don’t see very often: a pair of top-10 runs by a couple of the smallest teams in the sport.  Matt DiBenedetto and Clint Bowyer proved that at a track where the price of the equipment takes a back seat, …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Richmond Edition

2016 Bristol I Cup Carl Edwards Checkered Flag Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

This one goes to out to your inner gymnast, the lover of the underdogs and the days and the days of heat and last chance races after what took place during the Sprint Cup race at Bristol on Sunday and the Xfinity race Saturday. HOT Someone other than Kyle Busch won a NASCAR race for …

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Five Points to Ponder: Barren Stands at Bristol

2016 Bristol Motor Speedway Nscs Matt Kenseth Leads Pack Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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ONE: Barren Bristol There isn’t a cameraman skilled enough anywhere in the world that could have made the Bristol Motor Speedway stands look any better than half-full this past Sunday. And the truth is, it’s a really sad sign of the gradual but continual malaise that has plagued the Sprint Cup Series these past few …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR’s Thunder Valley Brings Thunderous FOX Dynamic

2016 Bristol I Cup Dale Eanrhardt Jr Car John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harelson/NKP)

Well, last weekend was quite interesting.  I noted on Twitter that the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series races were the races where the officials affected the race the least.  Pirelli World Challenge and the World Endurance Championship saw the winner get stripped of their trophy afterwards.  The Verizon IndyCar Series muffed a penalty call that …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Carl Edwards Lays Down a Colossal Beat Down at Bristol

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Who’s in the headline – It was pointed out last week, and it was reinforced this weekend, that Joe Gibbs Racing is right at the top of the board in the Cup series. It was Carl Edwards turn this weekend as he dominated the race. Edwards led 276 laps en route to capturing his first …

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Pace Laps: Matt DiBenedetto Impresses at Bristol, Fuel Strategy Dominates IndyCar Series Race at Long Beach and Nico Rosberg Wins Again

2016 Bristol I Cup Matt Dibenedetto Racing John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Sprint Cup: Sensational Sixth for DiBenedetto –  Is Bristol Motor Speedway becoming the new place for the underdogs? It might be more so than Daytona and Talladega as Bristol once again opened the curtain for the behind-the-scenes characters to shine on Sunday afternoon. One of the unusual suspects near the front of the field was Matt DiBenedetto. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Food City 500

2016 Bristol I Cup Carl Edwards Leads Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? I’ve got a pair of them this week. Well, make it three, because Matt DiBenedetto deserves all the accolades he can get after an impressive performance that Carl Edwards said afterward was probably more difficult for the No. 83 team than the win was for his. There’s more on …

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Best Race of 2016? It’s Bristol, Baby

2016 Bristol Motor Speedway Nscs Matt Kenseth Leads Pack Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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What’s been the best NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of 2016? Easy. It’s Bristol, baby. Sunday’s Food City 500 was wild, unconventional, and by all means a bit strange, but it also played out as arguably the most exciting race of the young 2016 season, despite a dominant performance from Carl Edwards to take the …

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Carl Edwards Dominates Toward Wild Bristol Win

2016 Bristol I Cup Carl Edwards Car Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson)

While the race shuffled, spread and scrambled behind him, Carl Edwards drove to victory from the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading 276 of 500 laps in the Food City 500. For Edwards, the win is the first of his 2016 season and fourth at Bristol. “There was so many different things happening out there, …

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