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Tech Talk: G-Forces, Sway Bars & Inspection Failures with Jason Ratcliff

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Being in the Chase adds a whole new level of pressure for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. Not only can a bad race back a team into a corner, but the scrutiny of the sanctioning body to make sure everyone is on a level playing field also puts teams under a huge microscope. This isn’t …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: NASCAR Implications Edition

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Sunday brought us our first Chase race and for some drivers, the first race that had real implications for them since a win earlier this season. Due to some upcoming penalties that will likely be announced Wednesday, we don’t even know what all of those implications will be. HOT It remains to be seen if …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Joe Gibbs Racing Still the Championship Favorite?

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(Photo: Matthew T Thacker/NKP)

Joe Gibbs Racing has been on a tear since midway through the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season. Winners of 21 of the last 45 races – including 11 this season – the four-driver crew of Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards has been nearly unstoppable. Add in Furniture Row Racing pseudo-teammate Martin …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Federated Auto Parts 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? While Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson was getting plenty of airtime for some bold moves late in the race and a recent hot streak, Jamie McMurray was quietly getting a top-10 finish of his own (he wound up seventh) and in doing so, made them one of three multi-car organizations …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Pure Michigan 400

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Kyle Larson was in the spotlight for his win, but he wasn’t the only driver for Chip Ganassi Racing to take home a top 10 on Sunday as teammate Jamie McMurray came home eighth in his No. 1 Chevy.  CGR has struggled over the last couple of seasons, …

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Matt Kenseth, Tide Partner for Southern 500

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(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Tide is returning to NASCAR. Well, if only for one race. For next month’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the company will adorn the No. 20 car driven by Matt Kenseth for Joe Gibbs Racing as the latest in a string of announcements concerning throwback paint schemes for …

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5 Points to Ponder: Milestones, Memories and Way Back When

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ONE: Four To Go We have just four races to go before the start of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. We begin at Bristol Motor Speedway (more on this below) before the second trip of the season to Michigan International Speedway. Then it’s Darlington Raceway for a second successive throwback weekend before we …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Last Off Week of the Season Preparing for the 14-Race Run to the Championship

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Credit : Nigel Kinrade Photography

Who’s in the headline – While there are multiple drivers who have run well this season, the brightest spotlight of the year has been on one organization. At this point in the season, Joe Gibbs Racing has been the class of the field for a majority of the races. Between its four teams, it has 10 wins. …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Watkins Glen Lineup

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Watkins Glen on August 7th for the Cheeze-It 355. Watkins Glen is the second of two road courses the series travels to in 2016. The weekend was headlined by the return of Dale Earnhardt Jr., but not to competition. Junior will miss the next two races with continuing …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the Pennsylvania 400

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(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Repeat after me: there are no cheap wins in NASCAR.  A top finish is hard to come by, no matter what the circumstances.  The great thing about racing is that it’s about more than just a fast car—it’s about strategy and making things work under the rules.  Chris …

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Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Isn’t a Big Fan of NASCAR’s Lug Nut Rule

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Photo Credit : Mike Neff

NASCAR crew chief Jason Ratcliff guided his driver, Matt Kenseth, to the runner-up spot at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend and hopes to utilize the knowledge he’s accumulated over the last few weeks to make a serious run at the win in Pocono Raceway this weekend. He utilized things that he learned at Pocono during …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Cars That Fail Inspection Keep the Win?

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Did you hear? The race-winning car of Matt Kenseth failed post-race inspection following New Hampshire on Sunday. Kenseth’s car was found to have failed laser inspection, and the team was docked 15 points and crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $25,000. The No. 20 car wasn’t the first winning machine to fail inspection this season; …

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