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Stock Car Scoop: How Successful Was Cup’s Gateway Debut?

The NASCAR Cup Series visited World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway for the very first time on Sunday (June 5) and proceeded to put on an entertaining race, as well as one of the most contentious in quite some time.

Tempers flared between Denny Hamlin and Ross Chastain, Chastain and Chase Elliott, Hamlin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and more pairs of drivers, leading to on- and off-track confrontation, while amidst the chaos, some solid racing led to an overtime finish. Adam Cheek and Jared Haas break down whether the premier division’s debut at Gateway was a success as well as how the Xfinity Series’ rain-soaked first time at Portland International Raceway on Saturday (June 4) went.

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About the author

Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Audacy Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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