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Drivers Continue Sounding Off on Atlanta’s Planned Repave

Kevin Harvick on pit road at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 2021). (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The specter of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s surface commanded the lion’s share of attention prior to Sunday (July 11) afternoon’s Quaker State 400.   Sunday’s race will be the final event on Atlanta’s current surface before it will be repaved and reconfigured. A day after pointed and profanity-laced criticism from Kyle Busch regarding the planned repave, …

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Daniel Hemric Riddled Again by Bad Luck at Atlanta

2021 Atlanta Xfinity Daniel Hemric Sean Gardner Getty

(Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

The good news for Daniel Hemric was that his team had appeared to snap a rash of foul fortune near the start of the final stage of Saturday’s (July 10) Credit Karma Money 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The bad? Those demons returned in the final 10 laps, once again costing Hemric his first NASCAR …

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Last-Minute Call Lands Austin Dillon in JR Motorsports’ No. 1

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Traveling to Atlanta with his grandfather ended up being a good thing for both Austin Dillon and JR Motorsports on Saturday (July 10). In Atlanta earlier than planned, Dillon was at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday with Richard Childress. At the same time, JR Motorsports was in search of a driver for its No. 1 …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Ease Up on Road Courses

2021 Road America Xfinity Series Austin Cindric Justin Haley pack racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Three more times this year, the NASCAR Xfinity Series will race on road courses. By the time the checkered flag falls at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL this fall (Oct. 9), it’ll mark seven races on road courses this season for NASCAR’s No. 2 series. That’s a few trips too many around road courses this …

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5 Points to Ponder: Impending Atlanta Repave May Cause Longing for Current Surface

Chase Elliott featured racing ahead of the pack at spring Atlanta Cup race 2021 NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. Will we long for this Atlanta surface when it’s gone? At some point, father time and the elements of nature will force the inevitable repave of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s aged surface. If you’ve not been able to see a race at AMS in person in recent years, you’ve missed a real treat. Much like …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Let’s Appreciate the Legends

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By personal recollection, I probably started watching racing around the 1989 Pepsi 400. I still remember arranging small diecasts on the floor beside an upside down rocking chair, saying it was The Winston Tower. Heck, somewhere in a box is a hat autographed to me and my younger brother from that year’s Winston Cup champion, …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Justin Allgaier Is on a Roll

Justin Allgaier

#7: Justin Allgaier, JR Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro BRANDT

In the past two NASCAR Xfinity Series races, it’s been pretty simple. The best driver in the series not named Kyle Busch has been Justin Allgaier. If not for Busch having now won 100 races on the circuit, including each of the last two events, Allgaier would likely have found himself on a winning streak …

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Sweet Sound of Victory: Kyle Busch Bags 100th Xfinity Win

2021 Nashville NXS Kyle Busch burnout NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Before this weekend, one of the most ingrained memories linking Kyle Busch and Nashville Superspeedway together was the smashing of a victory lane trophy to smithereens following a victory at the track located on the outskirts of Nashville, Tenn.  He carved up another one on Saturday afternoon (June 19) in the Tennessee Lottery 250, demolishing …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Keep the Rowdy Show Going With Kyle Busch

2021 Texas Xfinity Kyle Busch Justin Allgaier pack racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The good news for those wary of Kyle Busch going for wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series? He is only scheduled to race in three more NXS races this year. The bad? The next one is this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway, one week after getting win No. 99 in the series. We’re very close to …

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2-Headed Monster: Should 23XI Racing Hire John Hunter Nemechek as Its Next Driver?

2021 Trucks Charlotte John Hunter Nemechek Woo-hoo (Credit: HHP/Chris Owens via NKP)

(Photo: Harold Hinson Photography LLC via NKP)

It’s been an outstanding season so far for Moorseville, North Carolina’s John Hunter Nemechek. Nemechek made the move from the NASCAR Cup Series back to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2021 with many questioning the move. However, Nemechek has proven so far this season that when given the right …

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