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Kyle Larson Survives ROVAL Chaos, Wins 7th Race of 2021

Kyle Larson celebrates his victory in the 2021 bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo: NKP

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When the smoke and debris cleared, Kyle Larson emerged victorious after a hectic, chaotic race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, securing one of the Round of 8’s spots as four drivers were eliminated from playoff competition. Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman and William Byron ended up on the wrong side of the playoff …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte

Chase Elliot leads a pack of cars in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s time for the NASCAR Cup Series to take to the only road course of the postseason, with the Charlotte Roval set for Sunday (Oct. 10) afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s hybrid layout. Sunday also marks the final race of the Round of 12, and four drivers will be eliminated once the checkered flag waves. …

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Stock Car Scoop: Does a Weekend of Chaos Await at the Charlotte ROVAL?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series’ Round of 12 concludes at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL on Sunday (Oct. 10), where four drivers will be eliminated from the 2021 playoffs. Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek discuss whether the Bank of America ROVAL 400 will be calm or chaotic, which postseason competitors currently below the cutoff might pose …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: No One Safe Heading to Martinsville

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After Tate Fogleman’s victory Saturday (Oct. 2) at Talladega Superspeedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Martinsville Speedway on the verge of its first playoff round with three non-postseason-eligible winners. Christian Eckes‘ triumph at Las Vegas Motor Speedway kicked off the Round of 8, leaving only Martinsville on Oct. 30 to decide the Championship …

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Frontstretch 5: NASCAR’s Most Recent Maiden Driver-Team Victories

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With Bubba Wallace‘s first career victory at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday (Oct. 4), it was the first time a Black driver had visited a NASCAR Cup Series victory lane in nearly 60 years and the first triumph for 23XI Racing in its debut season. The win is also the first time a driver and team …

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Bubba Wallace Scores 1st Win in Rain-Shortened Talladega Playoff Race

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The NASCAR Cup Series’ YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway was postponed a day by rain, and even as the skies threatened even more precipitation, Bubba Wallace raced his way to the front as stage two wound down, running up front when a crash brought out the caution flag on Monday (Oct. 4). Then rain hit, …

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YellaWood 500 at Talladega Postponed to Monday

A Track Drying Truck works in the tri-oval at Talladega Superspeedway, 10/3/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Originally scheduled for Sunday (Oct. 3), the NASCAR Cup Series’ YellaWood 500 will now be run at 1 p.m. ET Monday (Oct. 4) after intermittent rain shut down operations at Talladega Superspeedway. Heavy rain hit in the morning and a window appeared to be open for the 500-mile race to get started, but after a …

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John Wes Townley Shot, Killed in Athens Shooting

Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

John Wes Townley, who made nearly 200 starts across NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series over a nine-year span, was shot and killed in a double shooting in Athens, Ga. on Saturday (Oct. 2). A report from the Athens Banner-Herald says responders to a shooting near the Athens Five Points area found Townley and a …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: YellaWood 500 at Talladega

A pack of NASCAR race cars running the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, April 2021. Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Likely the most dreaded event of the NASCAR playoffs for any series, Talladega Superspeedway’s 2.66-mile oval looms in the Cup Series’ drivers’ windshields for Sunday (Oct. 3). It’s the second race of the Round of 12, and the goliath down in Alabama has already produced its share of chaos during the weekend. Multiple multi-car (and …

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5 Points to Ponder: Las Vegas a Quiet Start to Round of 12

2021 Cup Las Vegas Denny Hamlin Trophy (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

1. Las Vegas lackluster in the wake of Bristol’s chaos In fairness, we can’t expect the level of intensity we saw last week at Bristol every single race. But it was striking at just how calm the NASCAR Cup Series’ South Point 400 on Sunday (Sept. 26) night was, with just one caution for incident — and one …

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