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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Reaches NASCAR Cutoff Weekend

2017 Richmond Ii Cup Kyle Busch Pack Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Ah yes, cutoff weekend.  Where some drivers jump for joy while others kick the can.  Last weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was in action at Richmond International Raceway for the last race of the regular season.  You had long runs and short runs.  Stretches of constant side-by-side racing and times where not much was …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Larson Steals Victory in Bizarre Richmond Ending & RPM’s Uncertain Future

2017 Richmond Ii Cup Matt Kenseth Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Screwed by the Pooch? Spending some time in the land of if’s for a moment here, Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 could’ve ended a whole lot differently. Some misfortune for others changed the game in a race that was ultimately won by Kyle Larson. Let’s start with one of the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Larson Survives Smoke, Safety Vehicles & Overtime to Win Richmond

2017 Richmond Ii Cup Kyle Larson Checkered Flag Nigel Kinrade Nkp

Who’s in the headline – It had to happen eventually. Kyle Larson is too good of a racecar driver to only win on two-mile racetracks. Richmond Raceway is a track that will highlight a drivers ability more than most any other one, so it would make sense that someone with Larson’s talent would shine there. In …

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Kyle Larson Scores Richmond Win; Playoff Grid Set

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Va Usa Saturday 9 September 2017 Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Target Chevrolet Ss World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

As the man in charge, Martin Truex Jr., pounded the Turn 1 wall on the last lap, it was a smooth sail to victory for Kyle Larson, who held off Joey Logano to score the victory in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway. The win, his fourth of the 2017 Monster Energy …

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Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth Tie in Opening Richmond Practice

2017 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Matt Kenseth

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Fresh off of clinching the regular season championship last weekend at Darlington, Martin Truex Jr. tied with Matt Kenseth as the fastest two cars in the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Richmond Raceway. Truex and Kenseth both ran identical laps of 22.333 seconds (120.897 mph) early in the session and held the …

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5 Points to Ponder: Don’t Sleep On… Denny Hamlin?

2017 Darlington Cup Zach Catanzareti Denny Hamlin

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

ONE: Don’t Sleep On…. Denny Hamlin? 24/7 news cycles these days can cause storylines to be greatly exaggerated. So it’s no surprise everyone and their mother screamed, “Don’t sleep on Denny Hamlin!” seconds after his astounding Darlington comeback. It’s true Sunday’s Southern 500 was perhaps a stepping stone in Hamlin’s career. A driver who’s at times …

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Beside The Rising Tide: With Autumn Closing In

Darlington Cup 2017 Aric Almirola 2 Throwback Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Ain’t it funny how the night moves? When you just don’t seem to have as much to lose, Ain’t it funny how the night moves? With autumn closing in…. -Bob Seger While it hasn’t quite reached the level of the Memorial Day weekend yet, Labor Day weekend offered race fans a full slate of action …

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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: Denny Hamlin Sweeps Darlington Weekend With Late-Race Charge

Denny Hamlin Darlington

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Who’s in the headline – Denny Hamlin was thrust into an alternate pit strategy when Martin Truex Jr. short pitted on his penultimate pit stop and then made his final stop with just over 50 laps to go. When the No. 11 driver attempted to hit pit road on lap 314, he missed the entrance …

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Martin Truex Jr. Clinches Regular-Season Title Despite Darlington Loss

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington, Sc Usa Sunday 3 September 2017 Martin Truex Jr, Furniture Row Racing, Bass Pro Shops/tracker Boats 40th Anniversary Toyota Camry World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett Nkp

Martin Truex Jr. (Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

Climbing out of the hot, steaming No. 78 Toyota following 500 rough miles, Martin Truex Jr. was, himself, hot and steaming. And it was expected after cutting a tire while leading Sunday’s Southern 500 with two laps to go, giving the race win to Denny Hamlin. Leading 76 laps on the night, a second straight …

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Kevin Harvick Wins 3rd Pole for Southern 500

Darlington Cup 2017 Kevin Harvick Throwback Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Kevin Harvick won the pole for Sunday’s Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway. His lap speed of 177.730 mph gave Harvick his fourth pole for 2017 and 21st of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. “I thought I gave some up the second round,” Harvick said. “I knew if I could not get it in …

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Entry List: Bojangles Southern 500

Darlington Raceway

After a rare off weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles Southern 500 and its annual throwback weekend. There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for the event, meaning all cars will make the race barring any last-minute adjustments. It’s just the tenth time in 25 races the Cup race …

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