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Entry List: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero 400

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Daytona this weekend for the Coke Zero 400. The entry list for the race has been released and there’s a number of notable changes after the road course event at Sonoma last weekend. A full field of 40 cars will contest the 160-lap, 400-mile race that’ll be broadcast …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR About to Get Silly?

2017 Kansas I CUP Michael McDowell car Barry Cantrell NKP

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Think Small Track surfaces aren’t the inly thing heating up as summertime hits full swing.  NASCAR’s Silly Season is coming, and while so far, it’s been confined to rumblings and rumors, there’s potential for things to blow up.  While most of the speculation concerns the bigger teams in the sport, including who will fill the …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Brendan Gaughan on 2017: ‘It’s Sucked’

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Brendan Gaughan has spent more days in NASCAR than he has ahead of him, but at 41 years old, the Las Vegas native is still ultra-competitive. This season is Gaughan’s fourth-consecutive competing for Richard Childress Racing. Through 12 events, it’s been a bit of a up-and-down roller coaster season. Coming off a sixth-place effort at …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Brad Keselowski Comes Back Late to End Winless Streak

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

In a race that had it all– strategy, accidents and last lap passes, Brad Keselowski fought from behind in the final 15 laps to end the 46-race winless streak of the No. 22 Team Penske machine. Keselowski started the event from eight, quickly making his way to the front, taking the lead from Kyle Benjamin …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Reviewing the First 10 XFINITY Series Races of 2017

2017 Phoenix I NXS Justin Allgaier checkered flag Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Coming on the heels of two consecutive bye weeks, the XFINITY Series took to Charlotte Motor Speedway this past Saturday, and to no one’s surprise a Cup Series regular was victorious. Over the past several years, that has been the theme of the XFINITY Series, even though “names are made here.” But there is a bright …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Impress at Talladega

2017 Talladega I CUP Cole Whitt car John K Harrrelson NKP

(Photo: John K. Harrelson/NKP)

Think Small This past weekend’s action at Talladega illustrated again what can happen when the racing is more in the hands of the drivers. There were several different names at the top eager to display their talent.  Aric Almirola nearly pulled off the weekend double, and David Ragan overcame crash damage to finish in the …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Aric Almirola Continues Plate Racing Success with Talladega Victory

NASCAR Xfinity Series Sparks Energy 300 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL USA Saturday 6 May 2017 Aric Almirola, Fresh From Florida Ford Mustang World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett NKP

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett NKP)

As they wrecked down the backstretch of Talladega Superspeedway, it was a mirrored finish of last July’s XFINITY Series race at Daytona for Aric Almirola. Except this time, they raced back under green. For the second time on a plate track, it was Almirola who scored the victory for Biagi DenBeste Racing. Leading 13 laps, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Focuses On Fontana Restart Action

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Like what we’ve seen from FOX NASCAR coverage, Auto Club Speedway has undergone a paradigm shift of opinions over the past 20 years.  At first, there was some excitement about being back in Southern California after being away for nine years.  The place was packed and the racing was OK.  The track even got a …

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Jones, Blaney, Gaughan Lead Phoenix NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice

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Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, and Brendan Gaughan were the fastest guns in the west Friday during three rounds of NASCAR XFINITY Series practice out in Arizona. The trio paced the field in preparation for Saturday’s DC Solar 200 at one-mile Phoenix International Raceway. Saturday will be the first race of the 2017 XFINITY Series Dash for Cash program, a …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Joey Logano Dominates Final Segment, Wins in First Start at Las Vegas

joey logano 2017 xfinity las vegas Nigel Kinrade/NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Prior to Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300, Joey Logano had never competed in an XFINITY Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It took the No. 12 car until the beginning of the final stage to lead a lap, never looking back. Logano led 105 of the final 110 circuits, only surrendering the lead during a …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Thriving and Surviving in Daytona

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Well, Daytona is in the rearview mirror. Depending on who you ask, that’s either a real bummer or can’t come too soon, depending on how the race went. The thing about plate tracks is that they’re such an opportunity for teams to compete—if they’re lucky and avoid trouble.  They can also become exercises …

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