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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR Seven Races Into 2017

2016 Indianapolis Cup Danica Patrick Brett Moist Nkp

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ONE: Toyota’s Tough Start Toyota, coming off its first NASCAR Cup manufacturer’s title, has tumbled out of the gate in 2017. Just two drivers – Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch – sit inside the top 10 in points, and only Truex has earned a victory thus far this season. Joe Gibbs Racing in particular has …

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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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Eyes On XFINITY: Where Is Joe Gibbs Racing?

2017 Daytona I Nxs Daniel Suarez Matt Tifft Racing Nigek Kinrade Nkp

Five races into the NASCAR XFINITY Series season, one of the main storylines continues to be what has happened to Joe Gibbs Racing. Compared to recent years, when the organization dominated the racing on Saturdays they have not shown their expected brute force for 2017. Is it time to get concerned? The short term answer would be …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Survives Beating, Banging and Trading Paint to Win Martinsville

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline – Rusty Wallace won at Martinsville Speedway six times drivng for Roger Penske. He last won a grandfather clock for Penske in 2004. Since then, it had been an agonizing drought for Team Penske. Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski have both come very close in Southern Virginia, but failed to seal …

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Dave Rogers Taking Indefinite Leave from Joe Gibbs Racing

2017 Atlanta Cup Daniel Suarez Car Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Dave Rogers, crew chief for the No. 19 Toyota driven by Daniel Suarez, is taking a personal leave for an indefinite period of time, Joe Gibbs Racing announced in a press release Wednesday evening, March 29. No details were given for the reasons behind Rogers’ departure or a timeframe for when he will return to …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Re-Emergence of Chip Ganassi Racing

2014 Indycar Sonoma Chip Ganassi Credit Linn Ladner

(Photo: Linn Ladner)

ONE: Chip Ganassi Racing Chip Ganassi Racing has gone through both spurts of ultra-competitive greatness and the lulls of being a field filler. However, the organization as a whole has almost never looked better. We’ve all heard plenty about Kyle Larson and the wondrous start he is off to in 2017. Larson came into this …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Larson Takes Final Step to Second Career Victory at Fontana

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2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA USA Sunday 26 March 2017 Kyle Larson celebrates his win in Victory Lane World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade/NKP

Who’s in the headline – Kyle Larson had been knocking on the door of a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win all season with three consecutive second-place finishes. He took the final step Sunday after winning the pole on Friday. Larson won the first stage, finished second in the second stage, led the most …

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The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 Auto Club 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Daniel Suarez was a non-factor for most of the day at the Auto Club Speedway, but he made it count in the final stage of the race. The No. 19 Toyota went down a lap during the caution-free second stage of the race. But the rookie took the …

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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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Daniel Suarez Has Frustrating Saturday at Phoenix

2017 Las Vegas Cup Daniel Suarez Helmet John Harrelson Nkp

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Although he’s not running for the NASCAR XFINITY Series title again this year, it doesn’t take away from the frustration the 2016 series champion Daniel Suarez felt at Phoenix Raceway on Saturday. Suarez, in the XFINITY No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, struggled all morning in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series XFINITY …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Hendrick Motorsports Keep It Straight in Daytona 500?

2016 Daytona Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Dale Earnhardt Jr Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Will Hendrick Motorsports Keep It Straight in Daytona 500? The dubious tone from Dale Earnhardt Jr. during Sunday (Feb. 19)’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway spoke volumes about how the rest of Speedweeks may go for Hendrick Motorsports. Despite sweeping the front row for Sunday’s Daytona 500, single-car speed doesn’t seem to …

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