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Lewis Hamilton Plays Perfect Strategy to Steal 6th Spanish Grand Prix Victory

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(Photo: LAT Images via Mercedes AMG F1)

After clinching his record smashing 100th career pole Saturday, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes proved why they have been the most dominant team in F1 over the last decade. Using a perfectly executed two stop strategy, Hamilton ran down Max Verstappen to win his sixth career Spanish Grand Prix. Despite dominating the race, Verstappen was left …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Justin Allgaier Checks Darlington Off List; Noah Gragson Disqualified

Justin Allgaier

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Steakhouse Elite 200 at Darlington Raceway began with Dale Earnhardt Jr. pacing the NASCAR Xfinity Series field in a restored No. 8 Chevrolet Nova driven by his father, Dale Earnhardt. The race ended with Justin Allgaier, driving a JR Motorsports throwback scheme to the late Earnhardt, in victory lane. Saturday’s (May 8) race had …

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The Virtual Frontstretch: Issue 12

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Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

It was a pretty big week in the iRacing community. There was a surprise NASCAR Next Gen release on Wednesday night (May 5) during the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series race at Darlington Raceway as they were trying it out for the first time. Erik Jones took that victory in a wild pass with two laps …

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Noah Gragson Disqualified at Darlington, AJ Allmendinger Wins Dash 4 Cash

Noah Gragson

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Noah Gragson crossed the finish line fourth at Darlington Raceway but was disqualified during post-race inspection for an issue in the suspension, NASCAR announced Saturday evening (May 8). Following the NASCAR Xfinity Series Steakhouse Elite 200, NASCAR officials inspected the cars of race winner Justin Allgaier, second-place finisher Josh Berry and Gragson, who had won …

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Not a Winner But $100K Richer: Noah Gragson Scores Top-5 Finish at Darlington

Noah Gragson and Austin Cindric racing during the Steakhouse Elite 200 at Darlington Raceway, 5/8/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to show the No. 9 team was disqualified following Saturday’s (May 8) race and did not win the Dash 4 Cash bonus. For more coverage, click here. Noah Gragson initially scored another $100,000 Saturday (May 8) by claiming his third straight Xfinity Dash 4 Cash jackpot, but fell short …

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Jeremy Clements, Ryan Sieg, Alex Labbe Shine in Darlington Runs

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

There’s a uniqueness about Darlington Raceway. With its quirks and peculiarities, it presents challenges that drivers and teams are not likely to see at any other venue. So on one hand, it’d be plausible for teams to not put much effort into “The Lady and Black” given that little of what teams can glean is …

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Justin Allgaier Wins Xfinity Race at Darlington in Dale Earnhardt Throwback

Justin Allgaier Darlington 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR’s Throwback Weekend has been a special deal to fans and industry members alike for years. On Saturday (May 8), it was no more special than for Justin Allgaier. On a beautiful day in South Carolina, Allgaier bookended a perfect day for JR Motorsports by besting teammate Josh Berry on an overtime restart to win …

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Tracking the Trucks: Sheldon Creed Victorious in Darlington Throwback

2021 Trucks Darlington Sheldon Creed Flag (Credit: NKP0

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In a Nutshell: Sheldon Creed scored his first victory of 2021 when he took the checkered flag Friday night (May 7) at Darlington Raceway ahead of Ben Rhodes. Almost fittingly, the caution-filled race ended under yellow following five cautions in the final 50 laps. Rookie Carson Hocevar finished third, followed by ThorSport Racing teammates Matt …

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Here Are the 2021 Darlington Throwback Schemes

2019 Darlington throwback Cup weekend pack racing Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s that time of year again when NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck series teams start sharing throwback paint schemes they’ll run at Darlington Raceway during its yearly throwback weekend. This time, the celebration is held May 7-9 on Mother’s Day weekend to unite fans of all generations. We’re doing things a bit different …

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Timmy Hill Rallies Back to 7th in Darlington Truck Race

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In a race that felt more like a superspeedway track than an intermediate, Timmy Hill was able to bounce back from a wreck to finish seventh Friday (May 7) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ LiftKits4Less.com 200 at Darlington Raceway. Hill, piloting the No. 56 Kenny Irwin throwback, led lap 88 and earned stage …

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Slipstream Saturday: Lewis Hamilton Takes His 100th F1 Pole Position

Lewis Hamilton 100 pole at Spanish GP Formula 1 Mercedes AMG LAT Images

(Photo: LAT Images via Mercedes AMG F1)

After being denied by his teammate Valtteri Bottas last time out in Portugal, Lewis Hamilton became the first Formula 1 driver ever to reach 100 pole positions. His best lap time of 1:16.741 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was just 0.03 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen’s quickest effort. The top three’s best qualifying times came …

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Carson Hocevar Snags Career-Best Finish at Darlington

John Hunter Nemechek and Carson Hocevar battling during the LiftKits4Less.com 200 at Darlington, 5/7/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Driving a throwback paint scheme honoring his fellow Michigan NASCAR driver and current mentor Johnny Benson Jr., Carson Hocevar earned a career-best third-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Liftkits4Less.com 200 on Friday night (May 7) at Darlington Raceway. Hocevar earned his second career top-five finish after he finished fifth in the season opener …

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