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The Big 6: Questions Answered after the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. didn’t have the relaxing week off that many other drivers and their families had, instead spending the final off-week of the season saying goodbye to one of his best friends, racer Bryan Clauson, who passed away last weekend from injuries sustained in a racing accident. …

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Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Ends Emotional Tribute to Bryan Clauson with Second-Place Run

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(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.‘s quest to “park it” for the late Bryan Clauson may have fallen short, but the fourth-year driver left proud of his effort after an emotional second-place result. Coming just two weeks after Clauson succumbed to injuries sustained in the USAC Belleville Midget Nationals, Stenhouse and sponsor Fastenal elected to honor the former …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Bristol Lineup

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(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Bristol Motor Speedway on August 20th for the Bass Pro Shops, NRA Night Race. “The Last Great Colosseum” is home to some of the best short-track racing on the schedule, and the excitement should continue this Saturday night under the lights. Here are a few suggestions to keep …

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Pace Laps: The Motorsports World Remembers Bryan Clauson

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Sprint Cup: Drivers Honor Bryan Clauson: Though this weekend has seen more fish caught than laps turned for the Sprint Cup Series – who wrapped up their final off-weekend of 2016 – a few drivers spent some special time at one of the premier dirt tracks in the United States. Just three days following the …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: NASCAR’s Right-Turn, Left-Turn Edition

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

There was a time when the two road races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule were like sideshows, separate from the main event and not exactly fan favorites.  Drivers who had limited road course experience simply struggled to survive. But after the last few seasons of weaker competition on ovals, better driver preparation and a …

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AJ Allmendinger Tops Final Practice

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After struggling in the opening practice session, AJ Allmendinger found himself on top of the leaderboard for the final practice at Watkins Glen International, with a speed of 127.551 mph, .038 mph faster than Martin Truex, Jr. (127.481 mph) who paced the first practice. Final practice wasn’t all fine and dandy for the No. 47 …

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Greg Biffle Records Best Finish of 2016 at New Hampshire

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Early on in the New Hampshire 301, it looked like it was going to be another day at the office for Roush Fenway Racing, until a rash of cautions turned the team’s luck around. During a long green flag run, spanning 112 laps, Greg Biffle went a lap down, as did his two RFR teammates. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Matt Kenseth New Hampshire Win Tainted By Failed Inspection?

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Who’s in the headline: The old adage of only having to lead one lap seems to be the way Matt Kenseth does business. It rang true again this weekend as Kenseth started 18th and took over 250 laps to get to the point. Once there, he endured three restarts over the final 31 circuits and strolled to victory in a …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Kentucky Lineup (Quaker State 400)

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(Photo: Russell Labounty/NKP)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Kentucky Speedway Saturday, July 9th for the Quaker State 400. The speedway underwent an extensive face lift following the 2015 race last July, which includes a newly paved surface, steeper corners and added SAFER barrier. Kentucky Speedway was added to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule back in …

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Did You Notice? … In NASCAR, Timing Is Everything

Yellow Flag: Caution

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Did You Notice? … Timing is everything these days? In the past two weeks, we’ve seen when officials throw the yellow flag make a difference. There was the debris caution at Sonoma, thrown at a point where Tony Stewart was able to catch a lucky break on track position. Then, there was the final lap …

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Roush Fenway Finds Marquee Moment Amidst Resurgent 2016 Campaign

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(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Brad Keselowski finally earning a coveted victory at Daytona International Speedway may be the lasting story to come out of the Ford camp this week. However, the manufacturer also added a bit of icing to their cake for the night thanks to a vintage performance from Roush Fenway Racing. Coming in the midst of a resurgent …

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Rain Halts Cup, XFINITY Practice Sessions in Daytona

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(Photo: Russel LaBounty/NKP)

The on-track schedule at Daytona International Speedway was abbreviated due to rain on Thursday. Both the Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series were slated to have two one-hour practice sessions, allowing teams to prepare for their respective race. XFINITY Series: There was just 26 minutes of cars on the racetrack in the XFINITY Series, led by …

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