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NASCAR 101: The 4 Drivers Attempting to Make Their 2017 XFINITY Debuts at Charlotte

2015 Xfinity Iowa 31 July 1 August, 2015, Newton, Iowa Usa Cale Conley ©2015, Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist NKP)

Well, this sure hasn’t happened lately. For the first time since toward the beginning point of the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, there are quite a few new faces filling out the entry list for this weekend’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Not that the series has been hurting for different blood. In each race …

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Entry List: 2017 Toyota Tundra 250

2015 Kansas I Cwts Daniel Suarez Tyler Reddick Racing Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

On Tuesday, NASCAR released the entry list for Friday night’s Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway.  For the Camping World Truck Series’ fourth race of the year, 31 trucks are currently entered.  As a result, no one will fail to qualify. A couple of strong teams are not entered this week, most notably GMS Racing’s …

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Tracking the Trucks: Kaz Grala Wins Plate Race NASCAR Survivor

Kaz Grala Credit Mike Neff

(Credit: Mike Neff)

In a Nutshell: During the latest edition of plate race NASCAR Survivor, it looked like the veterans had the votes to knock off the youngsters. But after a Demolition Derby-type affair, stalwarts like Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter quickly learned they didn’t earn immunity from the dreaded Big One. Ben Rhodes got bumped on the backstretch by ThorSport …

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Austin Wayne Self Finishes Career-High Second at Daytona

2017 Daytona Trucks Zach Catanzareti Austin Wayne Self

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

In what was one of the wilder Daytona Camping World Truck Series races in recent memory, the young guns took over on the last lap with the top four finishers all being under 22 years old. After getting into a second-lap melee, Austin Wayne Self finished in the runner-up position, just behind race-winner Kaz Grala. …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Making NASCAR Great Again

2016 Nascar Camping World Truck Series, Talladega

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

The 2016 presidential election season has been quite different from the past. Candidates always bash each other, but this year, the vulgar language and criticism both major party candidates have delivered is making headlines world-wide. However, come Nov. 8, 2016, America will vote in a new president. NASCAR drivers and executives have been voicing who they want …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Looking Back at the 2016 Rookie Class … So Far, Part II

2016 Chicago Cwts Ben Rhodes Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Part I Austin Wayne Self No. 22 AM Racing Toyota Starts: 19 Wins: 0 Top 5s: 0 Top 10s: 1 Average Start: 23.5 Average Finish: 19.9 DNFs: 4 The 2014 ARCA Rookie of the Year entered the Truck Series full-time to pilot his family-owned truck and has spent much of the year running toward the …

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Friday Faceoff: Does NASCAR Need a Shakeup at the Top?

2016 Kentucky Cup Ty Dillon Helmet Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Austin Wayne Self is the second driver to feature Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on his truck. Should NASCAR make a rule about drivers using sponsorless entries to support a political campaign? If so, would it violate freedom of speech? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: It isn’t a First Amendment violation.  NASCAR isn’t a government entity, …

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Rodney Childers Suspended Due to Lugnut Issue

2016 Pocono I Cup Kevin Harvick And Rodney Childers Anthony Lumbis Sr.

(Credit: Anthony Lumbis, Sr.)

On Wednesday morning, NASCAR released the weekly penalty report.  Once again, NASCAR has come down hard on a contending team due to lugnuts. Kevin Harvick‘s No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was found to have loose lugnuts after the finish of Sunday’s Crown Royal Presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  As …

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Tracking the Trucks: William Byron Scores 4th Career Win at Kentucky Speedway

2016 Nascar Camping World Truck Series, Kentucky

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

In a Nutshell: William Byron scored his third win in the last four races and his fourth overall when he took the checkered flag 0.190 seconds ahead of John Hunter Nemechek in thursday night’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Byron held off a hard-charging Nemechek and Daniel Hemric in the final …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Austin Wayne Self on Coming Home to Texas

2016 Atlanta I Cwts Austin Wayne Self Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Austin Wayne Self made his ARCA Racing Series debut in 2013. Running just six races, he posted five top-10 finishes, including a runner-up result at Winchester Speedway (Ind.). Over the next two years, Self ran 39 of 40 races, scoring one win (2015) and a combined 25 top-10 results, en route to a runner-up finish …

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Ben Rhodes Quickest During First Practice at Iowa Speedway

2016 Camping World Truck Kansas

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Four days after losing 40 percent of its race shop, ThorSport Racing topped the speed chart in opening practice at Iowa Speedway. Three of the four team trucks were among the top 10 during the first practice at a racetrack since the incident. Practice One:  Looking for his first Camping World Truck Series victory, rookie Ben Rhodes paced the …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Five Drivers that Need to Turn the Corner

2016 Atlanta Cwts Tyler Reddick Helmet Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Five races into the Camping World Truck Series season, there are familiar foes atop the season long standings. Four of the potential Chase births have already been clinched. The real question is whether or not there will be more than eight winners that make up the newly anointed Chase. On the other side of things there …

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