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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

2017 Coca-Cola 600 wide view Nigel Kinrade/NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade /NKP)

A full 500 miles of racing have already been completed on Sunday (May 30) with Helio Castroneves‘ historic win in the Indianapolis 500 kicking off a full day of motorsports, but 600 miles loom ahead of the NASCAR Cup Series for the evening’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The normally busy day was cut …

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The Art of Racing in the Rain: Chase Elliott Prevails at COTA

Chase Elliott races in the rain at Circuit of the Americas (COTA). May 2021 Cup (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series raced through monsoon-like conditions with a veil of mist and rooster tails for most of Sunday (May 23) afternoon at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.  The conditions culminated in NASCAR calling the race, with Chase Elliott out front when they did. Intensifying rain later in the event forced NASCAR’s …

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Multi-Car Pileups Mar Rainy Stage 2 at COTA

Martin Truex Jr. races in the inaugural NASCAR COTA event before his big wreck. (May 2021) (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series’ EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas had gone smoothly for the most part, with an opening stage featuring just one caution and a couple of single-car spins here and there.  However, chaos struck four laps into stage two and again after the green flag waved. With little-to-no visibility …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at COTA

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Nearly 3.5 miles and 20 turns await the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday (May 23) at Circuit of the Americas in Austin. So, too, does a decent chance of rain, which hovers around 40-50% for the duration of the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix. Sunday marks the first time NASCAR’s premier touring series has visited the …

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Tyler Reddick Claims First Career Cup Pole at COTA

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For just the second time this season, qualifying returned to a NASCAR Cup Series race weekend…this time at Circuit of the Americas. With the series’ debut at the track in the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix just hours away on Sunday (May 23), Tyler Reddick led the way after finishing eighth in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race …

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Into NASCAR’s Unknown: Road Course Winds of Change Blowing Left and Right

Chase Elliott practices at COTA

March 2, 2021: Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. ( +CMS-HHP-Harold Hinson)

A grand total of 13 weeks remain in the NASCAR Cup Series 2021 regular season. Nearly 40% of those races will be road courses. Cup drivers will be turning left right at Circuit of the Americas this Sunday (May 23), as well as at Sonoma Raceway (June 6), Road America (July 4), Watkins Glen International …

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Michael McDowell Feels Like ‘Real Valued Asset’ for 1st Time With Front Row Motorsports

#34: Michael McDowell, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Mustang Fr8Auctions

Michael McDowell is having the best season of his career. After beginning his NASCAR Cup Series tenure with Michael Waltrip Racing, McDowell bounced between teams for a number of years before landing at Front Row Motorsports, where 2021 marks his fourth season with the Ford stable. A name that previously only sparked flashbacks of his …

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Alex Bowman Wins, Hendrick Motorsports Overwhelms at Dover

2021 Cup Dover Alex Bowman, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Burnout (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Alex Bowman leapfrogged a dominant Kyle Larson on a cycle of pit stops and set sail, cruising to his fourth career victory and second of 2021 in Sunday (May 16) afternoon’s Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway. The win capped off a day where Hendrick Motorsports thrashed the field, finishing 1-2-3-4. It is the first …

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SRX Saturday: Michael Waltrip on Series Competitors, Cup Career & Superspeedway Racing

16 February, 2011, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA Michael Waltrip ©2011,Nigel Kinrade Autostock

Michael Waltrip is one of 10 full-time drivers participating in the Superstar Racing Experience, a racing series founded by Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham (among others) debuting on June 12, 2021 at Stafford Motor Speedway. Six races comprise the inaugural season, with full-time drivers set to contest 100 laps at each track outside of Slinger …

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