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Truckin’ Thursdays: Elimination Looms Large at Bristol

Tyler Ankrum racing in a pack at Bristol Motor Speedway, 2020 NASCAR Truck race, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Sheldon Creed and John Hunter Nemechek are safe with one race left in the first round of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs as the series takes to the (paved) Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday (Sept. 16) night. Anyone who’s been paying attention to the tour at all this year would probably figure that, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Federated Auto Parts 400

#19: Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro Shops Red White Blue celebrates winning the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond. NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who … should you be talking about after the Federated Auto Parts 400? Joe Gibbs Racing as a whole demolished its competition on Saturday (Sept. 11), leading 326 laps as a team and running 1-2-3 at the finish. Martin Truex Jr. claimed the victory, his third in the last five Richmond Raceway events, and the …

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Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton Crash at Monza; Verstappen Penalized

Max Verstappen climbs over the car of Lewis Hamilton in a 2021 accident at Monza. (Photo: Mercedes/AMG/Formula 1))

Max Verstappen wound up atop Lewis Hamilton in this crash at the Italian Grand Prix, Monza, 2021 (Photo: LAT Images via Mercedes AMG F1)

The Italian Grand Prix at Monza waxed poetic Sunday (Sept. 12) as Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, currently first and second in the Formula 1 standings, respectively, have been duking it out in points (and on the track) all year. As they battled hard for position, another climactic crash between the pair occurred, this time …

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Joe Gibbs Racing Makes the Old Dominion Its Own Dominion

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After nearly doing so at the same track a couple of seasons ago, Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR Cup Series stable looked to be on track for a possible 1-2-3-4 finish on Saturday (Sept. 11) night at Richmond Raceway. In 2019, it was a post-race inspection disqualification of Erik Jones‘ No. 20 that derailed the historic …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond

2019 NASCAR Cup starting grid

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series heads north to Richmond Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 11) for the second race of the first round of the playoffs. Brad Keselowski is the defending winner of September’s annual Federated Auto Parts 400 in the Commonwealth, but Alex Bowman came out of nowhere in the spring this year to become the …

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Stock Car Scoop: Which Playoff Drivers Are in the Most Trouble Leaving Darlington?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With the playoffs in full swing and Denny Hamlin claiming his first NASCAR Cup Series win of the season at Darlington Raceway on Sunday (Sept. 5), Adam Cheek and Bryan Nolen break down the Cook Out Southern 500 and all the misfortune that befell postseason competitors. The duo discuss Hamlin’s title threat status despite just …

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Tracking the Trucks: Sheldon Creed Goes Back-to-Back, Sweeps Darlington

Sheldon Creed celebrates in victory lane at Darlington Raceway. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In a Nutshell: Domination by Sheldon Creed was the theme of Sunday (Sept. 5) afternoon’s event at Darlington Raceway, as the reigning champion led 104 of the 147 circuits en route to his third win of the season and second of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs’ opening round. Creed also swept the two Darlington …

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Denny Hamlin Emerges From Darlington Chaos to Score 1st Win of Season

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

More than four hours after the green flag dropped on the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Denny Hamlin emerged the winner amid from what was essentially a war of attrition between the 16 playoff drivers. Hamlin also survived a last-corner charge from Kyle Larson, who in his words tried to “video game it” in a …

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Darlington Crash Ends Michael McDowell’s 1st Playoff Race

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It didn’t take long for the “Lady in Black,” Darlington Raceway, to claim her first NASCAR Cup Series playoff victim. Just 31 laps into the Cook Out Southern 500 on Sunday (Sept. 5), Michael McDowell‘s No. 34 got out of shape in turn 2, smacked the outside wall and hurtled toward the inside barrier. A …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington

The NASCAR Cup Series races the Track Too Tough To Tame in the 2019 version of Darlington Raceway's Southern 500. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs zoom into action on Sunday (Sept. 5) both under the sun and under the lights at Darlington Raceway. A 6 p.m. ET start will encompass the entire evening for the Cook Out Southern 500. The “Lady in Black” hosts its second race of the year and the first race …

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