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Friday Faceoff: Biggest Surprises & Disappointments So Far

Daniel Suarez races at 2021 spring Las Vegas Cup race with Camping World on the hood Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the NASCAR Cup Series, who has been the biggest surprise of the year to this point? Biggest disappointment? Luken Glover: After his performance at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt race, Daniel Suarez has definitely been one of the biggest surprises this year. With everything the new Trackhouse Racing Team faces this season, Suarez is …

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The Underdog House: Big Day for Bubba Wallace Slips Away at Phoenix

Bubba Wallace talks to Denny Hamlin at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog On paper, the results of the Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, March 14 did not manufacture eye-popping runs from the NASCAR Cup Series underdogs. However, that was not the occurrence for most of the race. While a few hungry hounds had brushes in the top 10 today it was Bubba Wallace …

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Brandon Brown Pounces, Posts Career-Best Third at Phoenix

2021 Phoenix 1 NXS Brandon Brown NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

On Saturday night (March 13), Brandon Brown joked during his virtual post-race media session that he’ll hopefully soon be introduced with the correct last name during driver introductions. Runs like Saturday afternoon at Phoenix Raceway in the Call 811 Before You Dig 200 should go a long way toward that. Brown, who had just one …

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Austin Cindric Dominates in the Desert, Wins at Phoenix

2021 Phoenix 1 NXS Austin Cindric Car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Austin Cindric continued his NASCAR Xfinity Series win streak at Phoenix Raceway, dominating the Call 811 Before You Dig 200 on Saturday afternoon (March 13). Cindric won the race after leading 119 laps and avoiding all the chaos on the two-lap shootout. Ty Gibbs, Brandon Brown, Riley Herbst and AJ Allmendinger rounded out the top five. …

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The Underdog House: AJ Allmendinger Recovers to Be Top Dog in Cup

2021 Daytona I NXS AJ Allmendinger NKP

#16: A J Allmendinger, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Ellsworth Advisors

Top Dog It has been nearly three years since NASCAR veteran AJ Allmendinger has taken his place behind the wheel of a NASCAR Cup Series car. The last time we saw the Dinger on NASCAR’s premier level was in 2018 driving the No. 47 Chevrolet for JTG Daughtery Racing. Since then, the 39-year-old has stayed …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Proves Every Dog Has His Day

Michael McDowell wins 2021 Daytona 500, Chase Elliott close second, Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog 10 years after the unthinkable happened when Trevor Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500, the unthinkable happened again. After 14 years and 358 starts driving for underfunded teams in the NASCAR Cup Series, 36-year-old Michael McDowell is a Daytona 500 champion with Front Row Motorsports. McDowell had been caught up in a 16-car …

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Xfinity Series 2020 Year in Review

Xfinity Kentucky I 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Believe it or not, nearly two months have passed since the NASCAR Xfinity Series was in action. Yes, the offseason is more than half over. Woo! Before you know it, cars will be on track for the 2021 season opener at Daytona International Speedway, where teams will spend two weeks as the series will run …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Chase Briscoe Cruises to Victory Again, Other Playoff Contenders Stumble

Chase Briscoe Kansas II Win 2020 2

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

You can now eliminate the word “worry” and all synonyms related to the word from Chase Briscoe’s vocabulary because in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, he was simply dominant – and all synonyms related to the word too.

 Briscoe won both stages, much like he did at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and he …

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Late-Race Crash at Kansas Sends Anthony Alfredo Rolling, Involves Playoff Contenders

Anthony Alfredo Kansas II 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With just 28 laps remaining in the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Kansas Lottery 300, all hell broke loose on a restart and Anthony Alfredo wound up on his lid. The rare non-superspeedway flip occurred when Alfredo, Justin Allgaier and Brandon Brown were side-by-side near the apron heading into the first turn. Alfredo and Brown were back …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Splashes About in Charlotte

2020 CharlotteROVAL NCS Alex Bowman Car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Charlotte was … drier than expected. I was convinced that it was going to rain all day Saturday and all day Sunday. We ended up with two races in the rain Saturday and the Cup race starting on a drying track. It made for some interesting television, to say the least. Bank of America ROVAL …

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