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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 2010s, Pt. 1

Martinsville Cup 2019 Mike Neff Aric Almirola

In June, I undertook a project to dig up every single movie-themed paint scheme that ever ran across NASCAR’s three touring series and, eventually, rank them. The weeks-long search yielded that exactly 100 films have been represented on stock cars throughout the years, ranging from The Wizard of Oz to Shazam. Unfortunately, 2020 became the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Best NASCAR Cup Seasons By Drivers Who Didn’t Win Championship

2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Texas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. 1985 Bill Elliott won plenty of races and money and even earned a couple really cool nicknames in 1985. But the big prize eluded the red-headed Georgia leadfoot that year. Elliott came into 1985 having won a total of four NASCAR Cup Series races during the previous two seasons, but proved to be almost …

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Turn Back the Clock: 2011 NASCAR Season, a Renewal

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Homestead

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A red and white No. 21 Ford Fusion driven by a 20-year-old raced out of Turn 4 at Daytona International Speedway. Holding off three other competitors for another few hundred yards, the car took the checkered flag in first place and proceeded to get lost on the way to victory lane. The winner of the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Fires Warning Shot with Domination in Texas

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Mobil 1, celebrates in Victory Lane

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick has had the fastest car nearly every weekend this season. The Achilles heel for the team is that they routinely shoot themselves in the foot through pit road miscues. When they don’t, they dominate, which is what happened at Texas on Sunday. Harvick led over half of the laps …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: A (Possible) Farewell To The Last Original Truck Team

2016 NCWTS - Eldora Bobby Pierce Photo NASCAR Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

In 1995, the inaugural season of the Camping World Truck Series, then known as the NASCAR SuperTruck Series, 59 teams competed in at least one race — that is not 59 trucks, but rather 59 teams fielded trucks. Now, 23 years later, there are only two left from that original season: NEMCO Motorsports and MB …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Wins Martinsville Battle, War Undecided

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline Joey Logano knew he had a chance to go to Homestead and challenge for a championship. It was going to take some old school, short track racing but he wasn’t afraid to do it. In Turns 3 and 4, where the greats of the sport have moved competitors to win since …

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NASCAR Top 10 Storylines 2017: A Changing Of the Guard as NASCAR Greats Retire

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(Photo: Logan Whitton / Harrelson Photography Inc.)

There is a massive generational shift occurring in NASCAR. Eventually, it had to happen. Few sports offer the opportunity to compete at a top level for over a decade. But NASCAR is different, as those reading this topic have likely figured out. Everything from the structure of how NASCAR is operated to how events happen …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Throwback Edition

2016 Pocono II CUP Kevin Harvick helmet Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Darlington had what is becoming its annual throwback weekend with NASCAR’s Cup and XFINITY series each having a number of cars with paint schemes resembling those from the past. But no matter how enjoyable it is to take a look back in time, there is no time like the present for many drivers as there is now just …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Finally Tastes Well Aged Victory at Sonoma

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(Photo: Lesley Ann Miller/ NKP)

Who’s in the headline: In a race that saw strategies all over the board, 10 different leaders exchanged the lead 13 times, and questions about leaders having enough fuel to the make the finish emerged to make the Toyota/Save Mart 350 one of the most compelling races of the season. When the checkered flag flew, it …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Never Count Him Out Edition

2017 Fontana CUP Ryan Blaney Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

It almost seems like an annual rite of passage in these early stages of the Cup Series season. What’s wrong with the No. 48 team? Is Jimmie Johnson finally past his prime? Is this the year the now-seven time champion becomes an also ran as he winds down his career? Well, we got the answer …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ryan Newman Stretches Tires to Douse Winless Drought in Phoenix

Who’s in the headline – Ryan Newman won the 2013 Brickyard 400 before he was released by Stewart-Haas Racing. He has managed several third-place finishes, but only one runner-up since. In typical Newman fashion, he stayed out on a late-race caution with old tires and managed to hold off Kyle Larson to steal the victory. …

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