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Kyle Larson Uses Lightning-Fast Stop to Win Phoenix, NASCAR Cup Championship

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

On an afternoon where it seemed like anyone’s game, it was Kyle Larson who took home the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series championship at Phoenix Raceway. After nine wins through 35 races, Larson seemed to be on the wrong end of luck as the laps waned in the title race in the desert. But a late …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson pack racing in 2021 spring Phoenix NASCAR Cup race. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s time. Time for the final race of the season. Time for four NASCAR Cup Series drivers to go head-to-head at Phoenix Raceway’s second championship finale, racing 312 laps in the desert on Sunday (Nov. 7). And, of course, time to crown the 2021 Cup Series champion once the checkered flag falls near sunset in …

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Stock Car Scoop: NASCAR Championship Weekend Preview

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s NASCAR’s crowning moment. Championship weekend is upon us all this weekend at Phoenix Raceway, where the Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Cup series will crown their 2021 title-winners come checkered flags on Friday (Nov. 5), Saturday and Sunday. Ahead of the excitement, Adam Cheek and Bryan Nolen team up for one final preview podcast …

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Alex Bowman Bumps Denny Hamlin From Lead at Martinsville, Claims 4th Win of 2021

#11: Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Ground confronts race winner #48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally after the checkered flag

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

On Halloween afternoon at Martinsville Speedway, Alex Bowman bumped Denny Hamlin late in the race to set up an overtime restart and his fourth win of the season in the NASCAR Cup Series. Spooky vibes didn’t pervade the Xfinity 500 Sunday (Oct. 31) until late, when cautions started flying faster than the cars were running …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Xfinity 500 at Martinsville

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The penultimate race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway is upon us, and pretty much everything is still up in the air. Kyle Larson has won three straight races, including sweeping both events in the Round of 8 thus far at Texas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway. He’s led a combined 386 …

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Tracking the Trucks: Zane Smith Stays Ahead of Martinsville Mayhem

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In a Nutshell: Zane Smith emerged from chaos, smoke and banged-up trucks at Martinsville Speedway to win Saturday’s (Oct. 30) NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and secure a spot in the Championship 4. Smith was 40 points back of the cutline and in a must-win situation on a mild afternoon in southern Virginia, leading 65 …

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Kyle Larson Comes Out on Top at Kansas, Wins 9th Race of 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

No matter what happens the rest of the season, Kyle Larson will have won at least a quarter of 2021’s races. The No. 5 took control at Kansas Speedway on Sunday (Oct. 24) and rarely relinquished the lead, capping a day in which three of Hendrick Motorsports’ cars finished inside the top 10. It was …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Verizon 5G and #24: William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Axalta pack racing Kansas spring 2021 Cup race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Just three races remain in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. First among them is Sunday (Oct. 24) afternoon’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, where 40 drivers settle in for 267 laps on the 1.5-mile yellow brick road. Even after last week’s likely-calm race at Texas Motor Speedway devolved into chaos in the final …

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Stock Car Scoop: What Caused NASCAR Chaos at Texas Motor Speedway?

Martin Truex Jr. limps to the pits after crashing in the 2021 fall race at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

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Kyle Larson scored his eighth NASCAR Cup Series win of 2021 at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday (Oct. 17) amid a mayhem-filled event. What led to all the chaos that plagued the final stage of the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500? Frontstretch’s post-race podcast, Stock Car Scoop, tackles this question with host Adam Cheek (subbing for Bryan …

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Kyle Larson Outlasts Late-Race Mayhem at Texas, Claims Championship 4 Slot

Kyle Larson & the No. 5 Team Celebrate in Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway. Photo by Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Just as he did at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL last week, Kyle Larson survived carnage at Texas Motor Speedway to secure his eighth win of the season and a spot in the Championship 4 at Phoenix Raceway. Larson led 256 laps en route to the victory, keeping his distance from a bout of late-race …

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