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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte’s Wild-Card Edition

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The first race in the second round of the Chase took place Sunday at Charlotte, and while some of the 12 Chase teams escaped with good finishes, others have a lot of work to do in the next two races if they want to reach the round of eight. While it’s not uncommon to hear …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Messy Weather, Messy NBC NASCAR Coverage

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Last weekend was a mess for NBC Sports and NASCAR in general.  Both races scheduled for last weekend were postponed due to rains from Hurricane Matthew.  Friday was a complete washout with heavy rains, while Saturday saw the race called early enough that some were openly wondering why.  However, drizzle continued well into the night …

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5 Points to Ponder: And Then, There Were 12

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

ONE: And Then, There Were 12 The drop of the checkered flag at Dover ended the championship hopes of four drivers, while 12 others remain standing, headed into the (mostly) hometown race for them. Advancing to the Round of 12! #TheChase pic.twitter.com/eTcSv6Z59b — NASCAR (@NASCAR) October 3, 2016 Chris Buescher, whose No. 34 Front Row …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex, Jr. Dominates at Dover

Who’s In The Headline Martin Truex, Jr. is on fire to start this Chase. Round 1 has been a showcase for he and the No. 78 team, who won the first race at Chicagoland, then came close in the second at New Hampshire before late restarts shuffled them back. At Dover, they had the second-fastest …

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Friday Faceoff: Will the Chase Picture Change at Dover?

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

After Martin Truex, Jr. and Matt Kenseth combined to dominate at New Hampshire, it was Kevin Harvick walking away with the victory.  Is there a chink in the Joe Gibbs Racing/Furniture Row Racing armor, and was Harvick’s performance a preview of how the Chase battle could go as well? Mark Howell, Senior Writer: I didn’t …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Restart Edition

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Wouldn’t it be nice if life regularly offered us a chance for a restart, a chance to pull back even with the leaders after falling behind? A chance to get our lap back when we feel like we are a lap down to the rest of the field. A chance to win a race when …

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Carl Edwards Captures New Hampshire Cup Pole, 6th of 2016

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Carl Edwards added another pole to his resume on Friday when he turned the fastest lap in the final round of qualifying in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, at 135.453 mph. The No. 19 has started atop the scoring pylon six times in 2016, the most in a single season of …

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5 Points To Ponder: Was Cole Custer, John Hunter Nemechek Aggression Too Much?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

ONE: A Look At Those Locked In With Darlington in the books, the Chase field for the Sprint Cup Series has gotten substantially clearer. Of the 16 Chase spots, 12 have been tentatively filled by race winners who have clinched finishing the regular season in the top 30. These 12 drivers include, by order of …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Darlington Lineup

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Darlington Raceway on September 4th for the Bojangles’ Southern 500. It’s another throwback weekend at the track “Too Tough to Tame” and nearly every team will be gunning to get its retro scheme into victory lane. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when constructing your …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: The First Time Edition

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(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

If you never think anything good can happen to you… or maybe if that good thing is close to happening, but you think it might not… or maybe if you’re afraid to take the one chance to make that good thing happen — then all three of NASCAR’s major races this weekend were for you, …

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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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NASCAR’s Youth Finally Break Through in the Irish Hills

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

For much of 2016 — and 2015, 2014 and 2013 for some drivers — fans, teams and critics alike have waited for one of NASCAR’s upcoming stars to soar above the field for a breakthrough win. While we were all treated to one with Chris Buescher’s weather-shortened win at Pocono Raceway, the wait continued for one …

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