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Frontstretch Podcast: Brandon Brown on Xfinity Field Depth, Best Start to His Career

2021 Charlotte NXS Brandon Brown NKP

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Fresh off another top five, Brandon Brown joins Davey Segal this week to discuss why the 2021 season has been the best to date for Brandonbilt Motorsports, including why the Xfinity Series field’s depth makes good runs more rewarding. He also explains the challenges of obtaining a big sponsor as a smaller team, what the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Over & Underachievers in All 3 National Series

Chris Buescher looks on at Circuit of the Americas NASCAR Cup 2021 NKP

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Who has overachieved and who has underachieved across all three NASCAR national series so far this season? – Rebecca F., Tulsa, Okla. I’ll take this series by series, as there are a lot of drivers/teams to cover with this question. Starting with the Camping World Truck Series, I’ll give a nod to Niece Motorsports’ Carson …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Corey LaJoie on COTA Visibility, Progression With Spire

#7: Corey LaJoie, Spire Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Nations Guard Kansas Cup Corey LaJoie smiling NKP

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Fresh off a wet and wild race at Circuit of the Americas, Corey LaJoie joins Davey Segal to discuss NASCAR’s inaugural race weekend at the Austin, Texas road course, what conditions were like in the driver’s seat and how he made it to the end with no defogger or windshield wiper. Plus, he gives his …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is Kaz Grala an Underrated Young Prospect?

#16: Kaz Grala, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Hyperice

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What does the future look like for Kaz Grala? He’s consistently performed in whatever equipment he’s put in and seems to have a bright future ahead of him. – Doug K., Charlottesville, Va. If I’m a NASCAR Cup Series owner (I’m not, just for clarity here), Grala would be on my short list of candidates …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Alex Bowman On His Cup Series Journey, Relationship With Greg Ives

Alex Bowman

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Another week, another Cup Series winner on the podcast. Alex Bowman joins Davey Segal to discuss his journey from starting and parking and getting fired in the Taco Bell drive-thru to becoming a perennial race winner and championship contender with Hendrick Motorsports in the Cup Series. He also chats about his relationship with crew chief …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Racetrack Vibes Are Slowly Getting Back to Normal

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With more tracks opening at 100% capacity, is this a sign that normality is on the horizon for the racetrack experience? — Peter B., Dover, Del. Speaking from personal experience this past weekend, I can wholeheartedly tell you the answer is a resounding yes. I’ve covered a handful of races during the COVID-19 pandemic, mostly …

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Hendrick Motorsports Dominates Dover, Sweeps Top 4 Positions

Kyle Larson leads the field in the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway, May 2021.

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Last week at Darlington Raceway was, as Martin Truex Jr. put it, an ass-whooping. Sunday’s Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway was more of the same–just by an entire organization. Alex Bowman earned his second victory of the season, fourth of his career and first at Dover, leading the charge for Hendrick Motorsports who finished …

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Podcast: Martin Truex Jr. Talks Darlington Dominance, Low Downforce Package

Martin Truex Jr. Darlington 1 2021

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A huge week on the podcast, as Darlington winner Martin Truex Jr. stops by to discuss his dominant performance, leading 248 of 293 laps at The Track Too Tough To Tame. Truex and Davey Segal chat about his admiration for the lower downforce package, why he thrives with it and whether or not he’s worried …

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NASCAR Mailbox: It’s Time to Pay More Attention to William Byron

William Byron walks the pits at Kansas Speedway, May 2021. (Photo: NKP)

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William Byron is quietly having one of the best seasons to date in the NASCAR Cup Series. Is he a legit championship contender right now? – Kyle U., Lincoln, Nebraska In a word: yes. Byron has 10 straight top-10 finishes this season, breaking Jeff Gordon’s previous record in the same numbered car at the same …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Tyler Reddick Talks Playoff Chase, Fatherhood; Darlington Throwback Preview with Steve Waid

Tyler Reddick stands next to his car at 2021 spring Kansas Cup race NKP

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In his second full-time season at the Cup Series level, Tyler Reddick is getting comfortable with Richard Childress Racing as he hunts for a playoff spot. He joins Davey Segal on the podcast this week to discuss his season to date, hunting for a playoff spot and how the Chevrolet engine program has improved with …

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