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Dropping the Hammer: For History’s Sake, Let Fans Attend NASCAR’s Next Gen Test at Bowman Gray Stadium

Bowman Gray Stadium

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Maybe it was foreshadowing, or maybe Ben Kennedy was just stating a fact. On Sept. 15, NASCAR’s senior vice president of strategy and innovation, and member of the France family, addressed the media on the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule. He eventually touched on arguably its biggest development: The Busch Clash will be held on …

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NASCAR Suspends Truck Series Crew Chief Indefinitely For Behavioral Violation

Kris Wright Talladega 2021

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Eddie Troconis, crew chief for Kris Wright’s No. 02 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, has been suspended by NASCAR indefinitely for a behavioral violation. According to the penalty report from NASCAR, Troconis violated sections 12.8.1.c of the rulebook. A violation of that section can be attributed to any of the following: Physical confrontation …

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Dropping the Hammer: More Reasons Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega Win Is a Big Deal

Bubba Wallace at Talladega

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Where do you even begin? Let’s start with 4:27 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 4. With rain coming down and more to come, NASCAR declared the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway over, three laps from the conclusion of stage 2. In that moment, while sitting on 23XI Racing’s pit box, Bubba Wallace became the 198th …

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Dropping the Hammer: The Next (Best?) Hope For Daniel Hemric

Daniel Hemric

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Daniel Hemric will drive for a new race team next season. Last week brought the news that for the third consecutive season, the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year will pick up stakes and migrate to another NASCAR Xfinity Series team. After stints with JR Motorsports …

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Dropping The Hammer: AJ Allmendinger Has ‘Nothing To Lose’

AJ Allmendinger at Bristol Motor Speedway

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AJ Allmendinger did not have the best car. On Friday night (Sept. 17) at Bristol Motor Speedway, the 39-year-old estimates he had at best a fourth-place Kaulig Racing machine. He didn’t lead a single lap around the half-mile track during regulation of the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ regular-season finale. Then came overtime. Over the final two …

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Kevin Harvick & Chase Elliott Rub Fenders, Exchange Insults at Bristol

Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott at Bristl

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There were fenders rubbed, fingers pointed and helmets slammed. After all that and 500 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick was blunt. “God damn, I’m ready to rip somebody’s freaking head off,” he said. As Kyle Larson celebrated a win in Saturday night’s (Sept. 18) Bass Pro Shops Night Race, tensions flared on pit …

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Q&A: Ben Kennedy on the 2022 NASCAR Cup Schedule

NASCAR at Daytona

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On Wednesday (Sept. 15), NASCAR officially unveiled the 2022 NASCAR Cup schedule. The schedule includes: The Clash at the LA Coliseum on Feb. 6 Bristol Dirt on Easter Sunday (April 17) in prime time on Fox Cup’s inaugural race at Gateway in East St. Louis on June 5 Pocono Raceway losing one of its two …

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Dropping The Hammer: NASCAR Cup Drivers React to Largest Next Gen Car Test Yet

NASCAR Next Gen Car at Daytona

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Five months before its official debut, the club of NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have gotten a crack at the Next Gen car grew last week. For two days at Daytona International Speedway, eight drivers took part in what was primarily a Goodyear Tire test at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. The group was a combination of …

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Kurt Busch Loses 4 Pit Crew Members for Richmond Due to COVID Protocols

Kurt Busch at 2021 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Gearwrench car NASCAR Cup NKP

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NASCAR Cup playoff driver Kurt Busch will be without all but one of his regular pit crew members Saturday night (Sept. 11) at Richmond Raceway due to COVID-19 contact tracing protocols. Busch’s No. 1 team will be without front tire changer Cory Baldwin, tire carrier Jeremy Kimbrough, rear tire changer Steve Price and jackman Josh …

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Dropping the Hammer: Staying Young With Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr at Talladega

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For one day a year, either on a Friday night or a Saturday afternoon, I get to be 13 years old again. Normally, that wouldn’t be a positive. Being 13, at least as a seventh grader in 2004, sucked. I don’t think you need me to tell you about the horrors of middle school. However, …

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