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Helio Castroneves Driving Limited 2021 IndyCar Schedule With Meyer Shank

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

For the first time in its existence, Meyer Shank Racing announced in a statement on Tuesday it will field a second, part-time NTT IndyCar Series entry as a teammate to mainstay Jack Harvey in 2021. Helio Castroneves, a 24-time IndyCar race winner and 20-year veteran of the series, will join Harvey for six races next …

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Jimmie Johnson Finishes 5th in Final Cup Start: ‘My Heart’s Full’

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In his final start in full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition, Jimmie Johnson secured a top-five finish to close out his 19-year career in the sport’s top division. The seven-time champion hasn’t won a points-paying race since 2017 but secured five top-five finishes, 10 top 10s and 107 laps led in his farewell season. “My heart’s …

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Denny Hamlin Finishes 4th at Phoenix & in Cup Championship

Denny Hamlin scratches his head on pit road at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After a seven-win season led Denny Hamlin to a berth in the NASCAR Cup Series championship round at Phoenix Raceway, the No. 11 team couldn’t seem to find its stride and fell short of the title. “We were a little off handling, but overall car speed, we just didn’t have enough,” Hamlin explained after the …

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Austin Cindric Wins Phoenix, Clinches 2020 Xfinity Series Championship

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Austin Cindric survived an overtime restart, hard racing and challenges from his fellow title contenders to win the Desert Diamond Valley Casino 200 at Phoenix Raceway and, in doing so, clinch the NASCAR Xfinity Series title. The crown is Cindric’s first after a stellar season in which he scored six victories; his sixth win and …

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Brett Moffitt Dominates Phoenix, Loses Race on Final Restart: ‘I’m Just Glad it’s Over’

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Everything looked perfect for Brett Moffitt as the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors’ Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway was winding down. He had led more than half the race and was in position to win his second series title in three years. Perfect, that is, until a caution flew with two laps to go. …

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A Look Ahead to Cup Championship Weekend

After a season that featured a stoppage due to a global pandemic, way too many rain delays, a frightening crash and more oddities and bizarre moments, the NASCAR Cup Series has finally arrived at the precipice of the offseason. All that chaos has led to championship weekend, which, appropriate for the whirlwind that 2020 has …

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Did You Notice?: Martinsville Brought Chaotic Season to a Head

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … As if the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season (and 2020 as a whole) hadn’t been chaotic enough and there wasn’t enough around the corner with the season finale at Phoenix Raceway, Sunday’s (Nov. 1) race at Martinsville Speedway injected a dose of adrenaline into the season and its playoffs. Let’s start …

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Denny Hamlin Squeaks Into Championship Round at Martinsville

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Despite seven wins so far in 2020, Denny Hamlin rode the playoff cutline for most of the NASCAR Cup Series’ Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway. With just a couple points separating him and Kevin Harvick, Hamlin found his way into the championship round at Phoenix Raceway after a last-lap incident involving the No. 4. Hamlin …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Kyle Busch hadn’t won a race all year, but he managed to squeak in a victory under the wire with just three events left in the season. Appropriately enough, his Skittles Zombie car fit both the time of year, with the race finally finishing a few …

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Christopher Bell Scores Career-Best Finish at Fall 2020 Texas Race

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The third-place finisher on Wednesday (Oct. 28) night at Texas Motor Speedway had a different look to his car, but it was still Christopher Bell who brought his No. 95 Toyota Camry home in third for a career-best finish in the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500. Bell ran quietly most of the night, scoring some stage …

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