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Bubba Wallace on Adam Toledo & the ‘Never-Ending Battle’

Bubba Wallace

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Thursday, April 15, was a day dominated by news related to the deaths of Black people by way of police officer. In Minneapolis, Minn., the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer accused of murdering George Floyd last May, came to its conclusion. Miles away in Brooklyn Center, Kim Potter was arraigned on a charge …

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Dropping the Hammer: Josh Berry’s Big Chance Pays Off

Josh Berry wins at Martinsville

(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images via NASCAR media)

The NASCAR Xfinity Series should introduce a new slogan: “The Xfinity Series: Where 30 is the new 20.” After Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway, this slogan would apply almost exclusively to one driver: Josh Berry. The newest driver to claim a win in NASCAR’s second-tier national series wasn’t a baby-faced twentysomething who’d have trouble getting …

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Chase Elliott Posts ‘Uneventful’ 2nd-Place Finish at Martinsville

Chase Elliott at Martinsville

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For Chase Elliott, the first seven races of the 2021 NASCAR Cup season were “eventful.” That’s one way of describing only earning two top fives and finishing 13th or worse in four of the remaining five races, including one DNF. So the Hendrick Motorsports driver was more than pleased with an “uneventful” Sunday afternoon at …

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Jeff Gordon Tested Positive for COVID-19, ‘Good to Go’ for Martinsville

Jeff Gordon

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Jeff Gordon revealed April 8 he tested positive for COVID-19 last week, but that he’s “good to go” to cover this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. The NASCAR Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst shared the news on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “On Track.” “I can’t say my off-week was great because …

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Dropping the Hammer: The Justin Allgaier Reset

Justin Allgaier at Atlanta

Getty Images via NASCAR Media

You don’t need me to remind you how long, hot and weird the summer of 2020 was. A lot of it’s a blur, for better or worse. But one moment that’s stuck with me in the ensuing year came on June 1. That night, the Xfinity Series competed at Bristol Motor Speedway in its third …

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Dropping the Hammer: Bristol Dirt Race Earns Date in 2022 and ‘Beyond’

NASCAR Cup on Bristol dirt

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Any questions about whether NASCAR’s “Bristol Dirt” experience would live to see another year were answered well before the checkered flag fell on Monday’s (March 29) Cup Series main event. During the final stage break, Bristol Motor Speedway flashed a message on the video screens that hang above the infield: “Dirt returns in 2022. Lock-in …

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Dropping the Hammer: Embracing Pandora’s Box of Bristol Dirt Race

Daniel McFadin Dropping the Hammer

Graphic by James Crow

OK, let’s get this out of the way up top. I’m not a fan of dirt racing. There, I said it. In my 30 years on this planet, aside from a couple events as a child I have no memory of, I have yet to attend a race that involved dirt. That’s due more to …

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Alex Bowman Quietly Earns 1st Top-5 Finish of Season

Alex Bowman at Atlanta

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

While all eyes were on Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson’s battle for the win Sunday (March 21) at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Alex Bowman quietly finished third for his first top-five finish of 2021. It was Bowman’s first top five since the Texas Motor Speedway playoff race last fall. “We kind of struggled on long runs …

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Report: LeBron James New Partner of Roush Fenway Racing’s Parent Company

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Less than five months after Michael Jordan announced his entry into NASCAR with 23XI Racing, it’s being reported that LeBron James could be entering the game via Roush Fenway Racing. The Boston Globe reported Tuesday that James, a four-time NBA champion, is the newest partner of Fenway Sports Group, the parent company of Roush Fenway …

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Dropping the Hammer: Winless Denny Hamlin Leads Points As Experience Takes Over in Phoenix

Daniel McFadin Dropping the Hammer

Graphic by James Crow

OK, class, it’s time for a pop quiz! We’re through five races in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. After Sunday’s (March 14) race at Phoenix Raceway, who’s the points leader? If you guessed any of the five drivers who have visited victory lane, you’d be wrong. In fact, the race winner highest in the …

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