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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Mandate Drivers Get COVID-19 Vaccines?

Bubba Wallace Denny Hamlin COVID Vaccine

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ah, yes. The COVID-19 vaccine is available and NASCAR has found itself at the forefront of the discussion. This week, NASCAR President Steve Phelps stated that requiring drivers to get a vaccine would be a “slippery slope.” Those words raised a lot of eyebrows around social media and the NASCAR world. He also said that …

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Eyes On Xfinity: An Off-Week Wish List for Series Regulars

2021 Xfinity Talladega Jeb Burton, No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet, Leads (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

So far this season, a handful of off weekends have peppered the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule. That ends after this weekend as the series will be on track every weekend beginning May 8 at Darlington Raceway through July 17 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. As teams and drivers get the final off weekend for a …

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Toyotas Come Up Empty At Talladega

Denny Hamlin leads a pack of cars at Talladega Superspeedway, April 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In recent years, Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin have repeatedly factored into who’d emerge with a race victory on super speedways at Daytona and Talladega. But on a day mostly dominated by Fords on Sunday at the mammoth Alabama speedway, Toyotas didn’t end up factoring in a victory as a Ford-laden field duked it …

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Noah Gragson Places Sixth at Talladega, Wants to “Race for Wins”

Noah Gragson

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Two straight $100,000 bonuses would make most people extraordinarily happy. However, Noah Gragson is not one of those people. When Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway was shortened as a result of weather, it left Gragson, who led four times for eight laps, deprived of the chance to race for the win. He …

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Surging Riley Herbst Keeps Moving Ahead With Top Five

2021 Xfinity Talladega Riley Herbst (Credit: NKP0

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After a bit of a slow start to begin the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, Riley Herbst is starting to hit his stride.  That stride took a few more bold steps forward during Saturday afternoon’s rain-shortened Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway as he finished fourth.   Herbst, second-place finishing Austin Cindric and fifth-place Ryan Sieg were …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Why Aren’t We at Richmond This Weekend?

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The NASCAR Xfinity Series is off this weekend as NASCAR stays within the Commonwealth of Virginia and races at Richmond Raceway. That’s a shame. Last week, the series raced at Martinsville Speedway, albeit delayed due to a weather postponement. What transpired was vintage short-track racing. You had a short-track ace, Josh Berry, in one of …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Series Needs Own Identity Apart from Bristol

JR Motorsports teammates Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson races at 2021 Phoenix Xfinity spring Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Two weekends ago, two of NASCAR’s top national series commanded a lion’s share of the attention in the motorsports world when they raced on Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt surface. Not having a seat at the table at Bristol? NASCAR’s Xfinity Series. As far as Bristol on dirt goes, it should stay that way. The challenge …

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2-Headed Monster: Did NASCAR Make Right Decision Bringing Back Bristol Dirt Race in 2022?

Bristol

(Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Bristol Dirt Race. There’s no doubt that NASCAR’s first dirt race since 1970 got people’s attention. Something else that got people’s attention was the announcement during Monday’s race (March 29) that the Bristol Dirt Race would return in 2022. It came as a surprise to some for many reasons, including the challenges NASCAR faced …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Can Josh Berry Take Advantage at JR Motorsports?

Josh Berry

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

There’s an overused observation that for every driver that has risen up from the short-track ranks, having gotten the big break at the right time, there are thousands of other kings of their short-track kingdoms whose accolades are mostly limited to those bullrings. For example, while Joey Logano, David Ragan and Reed Sorenson got their …

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Brandon Brown Pounces, Posts Career-Best Third at Phoenix

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

On Saturday night (March 13), Brandon Brown joked during his virtual post-race media session that he’ll hopefully soon be introduced with the correct last name during driver introductions. Runs like Saturday afternoon at Phoenix Raceway in the Call 811 Before You Dig 200 should go a long way toward that. Brown, who had just one …

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