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Up to Speed: NASCAR Playoff Points of the Past Revisited

NASCAR Playoff drivers Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. lead the field at Phoenix Raceway. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Earlier this year, I explored how NASCAR playoff points earned during the regular season impacted drivers’ performances in the playoffs themselves.  The goal of that study was to determine if a driver’s playoff point total could predict when they would be eliminated from title contention.  I also wanted to see if there were any notable …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Season Finale 500

Larson

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who … should you be talking about after the Season Finale 500? A year ago, Kyle Larson watched the NASCAR Cup Series finale on TV and wondered what might have been. Now, a little older and a lot wiser after he chose to learn from a mistake that saw him banned for most of 2020 …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Step In & Stop Disrespectful Racing?

John Hunter Nemechek NASCAR Martinsville

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This past weekend’s races at Martinsville Speedway brought up some conversation about drivers’ respect for others. Truck Series veteran Matt Crafton was particularly brash about his thoughts, saying the only way to handle the lack of respect is to “punch someone in the mouth.” With Crafton’s mentality being an old-school approach, many suggested that NASCAR …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Why Is Respect an Issue in Truck Series Today?

2021 Martinsville Trucks John Hunter Nemechek tow truck NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

“There’s a complete lack of respect everywhere, all over the place.” – Kyle Busch Respect. It’s such a simple word, yet it’s become such a hot topic in recent weeks in NASCAR and, more specifically, in the Camping World Truck Series. Coming out of last weekend’s trip to Martinsville Speedway, plenty of drivers left upset …

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NASCAR Requiring Kyle Busch to Complete Sensitivity Training

Kyle Busch stands by his car

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR will require two-time Cup Series champion Kyle Busch to complete sensitivity training before the 2022 season. The penalty was a result of Busch calling Brad Keselowski a slur in a post-race interview. Busch and Keselowski were racing hard at the end to try and make the final spot for the Championship 4, with both coming …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Martinsville NASCAR Playoff Race

#48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally celebrates winning the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville.

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened? Alex Bowman won the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Sunday (Oct. 31) after bumping Denny Hamlin out of the way and surviving an overtime restart. Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr. and William Byron rounded out the top-five finishers. RETWEET to congratulate @Alex_Bowman on his WIN at @MartinsvilleSwy! #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/qNd6DVbKpO — NASCAR on …

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Up to Speed: Denny Hamlin Needs to Let it Go

Denny Hamlin scratches his head on pit road at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Denny Hamlin doesn’t have to be happy.  He doesn’t have to like getting spun by Alex Bowman in the closing laps at Martinsville Speedway.  He doesn’t have to celebrate missing out on a potential win during a 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season where he has enjoyed plenty of strong runs, but few victories. No, Hamlin …

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Kyle Busch Narrowly Misses Out On Championship 4: ‘We Ran Like Dogs**t’

2021 Charlotte Road ROVAL Cup Kyle Busch NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

On another up-and-down day, Kyle Busch came up a few points short of advancing to another Championship 4 in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway Oct. 31. Not surprised about failing to advance, Busch was candid with his thoughts post-race on how the No. 18 team ran in Sunday’s Xfinity 500 and overall recently. …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Xfinity 500 at Martinsville

2019 Martinsville MENCS Racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The penultimate race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway is upon us, and pretty much everything is still up in the air. Kyle Larson has won three straight races, including sweeping both events in the Round of 8 thus far at Texas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway. He’s led a combined 386 …

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Stock Car Scoop: Which Drivers Will Move On at Martinsville?

2021 Martinsville I Cup Denny Hamlin pack racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Martinsville Speedway for the penultimate race of the season. Kyle Larson has won the last three races and swept the Round of 8 so far, which sets up three available playoff spots for seven drivers. How chaotic will Sunday (Oct. 31)’s Halloween elimination race be? Which drivers will secure …

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Dropping the Hammer: NASCAR Still King on Sunday Despite F1 Gains

NASCAR at Kansas Speedway

(Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

“Absolutely unacceptable.” According to Denny Hamlin, that’s how NASCAR president Steve Phelps described the glaringly sparse grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month. The grandstands, once packed to the rafters in the track’s first decade of existence, now had entire sections (including where I sat during the inaugural race in 1997) blocked off for …

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