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Denny Hamlin: Agent of Chaos

Denny Hamlin at Championship Media Day

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Sean Gardner for NASCAR Media)

PHOENIX — If you’re just now joining the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season in progress, the last time we saw Denny Hamlin he was having a … moment. It came Sunday (Oct. 31) at Martinsville Speedway, where Hamlin secured a spot in this weekend’s Championship 4 at Phoenix Raceway. He did so after being spun …

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Dropping the Hammer: Kyle Larson’s Big Championship ‘What If?’

Kyle Larson at Kansas Speedway

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It could happen. I know it. You know it. Kyle Larson knows it. Larson has won nine of 35 races this year, five more than his previous best in 2017. He’s led 2,474 laps, the most in a season since Jeff Gordon totaled 2,320 during his 2001 title run. He’s won three races in a …

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Dropping the Hammer: NASCAR Still King on Sunday Despite F1 Gains

NASCAR at Kansas Speedway

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“Absolutely unacceptable.” According to Denny Hamlin, that’s how NASCAR president Steve Phelps described the glaringly sparse grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month. The grandstands, once packed to the rafters in the track’s first decade of existence, now had entire sections (including where I sat during the inaugural race in 1997) blocked off for …

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Martin Truex Jr. Comes Back From Tire Problem to Earn Kansas Top 10

Martin Truex Jr.

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kansas City, Kansas — Things did not look good for Martin Truex Jr. 60 laps into Sunday’s  (Oct. 24) NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Kansas Speedway. Twenty laps before the end of the first stage, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver sat in 33rd, two laps off the pace. Like playoff drivers Brad Keselowski and …

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Xfinity Championship 4 Still Up for Grabs After Kansas

AJ Allmendinger at Kansas

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Kansas City, Kansas – No one is (technically) safe. With two of three races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff’s Round of 8 completed, no driver has secured a spot in the Championship 4. You can thank the “Oprah Car.” That’s what AJ Allmendinger has dubbed Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota team, which won …

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Dropping the Hammer: Ty Dillon on His ‘Wild’ Year, GMS Racing & Athlete Mental Health

Ty Dillon with GMS Racing

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Ty Dillon‘s 2021 NASCAR season has been, using his own words, “wild.” This was encapsulated on Oct. 9 as he prepared for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. “Part of my routine is going on pit road and looking at our pit stall and pit sign,” Dillon told Frontstretch. “It …

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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

(Sara D. Davis/NASCAR)

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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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

#18: Daniel Hemric, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra Poppy Bank

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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