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Austin Dillon Outlasts the Field for Food City 300 Win

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

For Austin Dillon, leading the NASCAR XFINITY Series field to the green flag for NASCAR Overtime on Friday must’ve felt surreal. After all, Dillon had been running fourth before the previous caution. However, when Kyle Busch and Ty Dillon crashed out, and leader Brad Keselowski ran out of fuel, there the elder Dillon brother sat. In …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered after the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Who… Gets My Shoutout of the Race? This week’s shoutout goes to the staff at Watkins Glen International, including track president Michael Printup.  Many years ago, Watkins Glen was known as the race with the lowest purse on the calendar and maybe not the most exciting action. Also, the facilities weren’t exactly the greatest.  During …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Austin Dillon Building on Momentum with RCR

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The cowboy-hat-and-sunglasses look is one that is natural for Austin Dillon. The North Carolina native walked around the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage on Friday morning as smooth as silk, casually signing autographs and pausing momentarily to take pictures with fans. But the former Camping World Truck and XFINITY series champion is much more relaxed than …

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Matt Kenseth Docked 15 Points Following Loudon Win

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The race-winning team from Loudon was penalized following post-race inspection. Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 team was docked 15 points and crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $25,000 for failing laser inspection following the New Hampshire 301. Multiple teams were warned for failing pre-qualifying inspection. The No. 1 of Jamie McMurray, No. 3 of Austin Dillon, …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Lineup

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday, July 17th for the New Hampshire 301. Maintaining track position and optimizing fuel mileage are just two of the many challenges behind finding success at the “Magic Mile”. The biggest story line going into the New Hampshire 301 this weekend is the surprising …

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Kyle Busch Slays Field for 2nd Kentucky Win

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Photo: Zach Catanzareti

By how fast Kyle Busch drove in Friday’s Alsco 300, it’s quite the surprise that it’s his first victory at Kentucky Speedway in 12 years. Leading 185 of 201 laps, Busch – outside of a constant threat by teammate Erik Jones – had the field covered en route to his 81st XFINITY Series win and …

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Austin Dillon, Erik Jones Lead Early XFINITY Practices at Kentucky

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

As the NASCAR XFINITY Series completed its first laps on the newly-repaved Kentucky Speedway, a couple of the paddock’s best led the way. Austin Dillon and Erik Jones put down laps of 28.761 seconds and 28.994 seconds, respectively, to top the first two of four XFINITY Series practices tabbed for Thursday on the 1.5-mile Kentucky oval. Dillon’s speed in …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Daytona Lineup (Coke Zero 400)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Daytona International Speedway Saturday, July 2nd for the Coke Zero 400. Daytona marks the first repeat track on the 2016 Sprint Cup Series schedule. Tony Stewart’s victory at Sonoma last week put more pressure on winless drivers looking to earn a Chase bid. Among the winless includes Dale …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Predicting the Future

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

With a new aerodynamic package added to the mix in 2016, many things have remained the same. The same core of organizations are winning races, ultimately dominating the sport. Could there be a change in the near future? Familiar foes are near the Chase cutoff, and it’s something that those drivers and teams are accustomed to, …

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The Frontstretch 5: Winless Drivers Who Could Surprise at Daytona

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

For the second week in a row, the Sprint Cup Series is visiting a track where the usual suspects aren’t the only options as the equality of the cars puts a large percentage of the race in the drivers’ hands. There’s a good chance the series could see its 11th different winner of 2016 and, while Dale …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Brian France’s Flying Circus

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Tick, tick, tick. Four times a year, the sport’s big kahunas cross their fingers and throw caution to the wind in the form of a green flag at Daytona or Talladega. While NASCAR as an organization always claims that safety is paramount in every decision it makes, carefully worded platitudes don’t pay the bills — …

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Austin Dillon Leads Happy Hour at MIS

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The final practice session of the weekend at Michigan International Speedway has come to a close with Austin Dillon atop the charts. Dillon’s 194.301 mph lap early in the session held through the hour to top the final practice for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at MIS. Now in his third year in the NASCAR Sprint …

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