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Denny Hamlin Falls Short of Elusive Title In 3rd Straight Championship 4

Hamlin, NKP

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PHOENIX – For a few moments on Sunday (Nov. 7) at Phoenix Raceway, it looked like Denny Hamlin was finally going to do it. In his 17th full-time season, Hamlin found himself with the quickest car at multiple points in the event. And despite not leading a single lap (the only Championship 4 driver to not …

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Noah Gragson Falls Short at Phoenix: ‘We just missed it as a whole’

2021 Xfinity Phoenix Noah Gragson, No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet (Credit: NKP)

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Noah Gragson didn’t have the speed to contend for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race win and championship on Saturday (Nov. 6) at Phoenix Raceway, but he wound up having a shot at the end, restarting inside the top five.

That’s when the No. 9 slid up and smacked the outside wall in turns 1 and 2. Miraculously, he stayed out and was able to salvage a 12th-place finish, falling short of the championship and finishing third in the overall standings.

Matt Crafton, Junior Joiner Fall Short Of 4th Championship as Decade-Long Partnership Ends

Matt Crafton and crew chief Junior Joiner talk on pit road at Pocono Raceway. (Photo: NKP)

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Two years ago, Matt Crafton won a championship without winning a race.

Friday night (Nov. 5) at Phoenix Raceway, they had the chance to do it again, but fought handling all evening and wound up with a 12th-place finish in his No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra.

Podcast: Matt DiBenedetto on Personal Growth & 2022 Plans; Championship 4 Breakdown from Phoenix

Matt DiBenedetto joins Davey Segal to talk about the NASCAR Cup Series on the Frontstretch Podcast

Graphic: Jared Haas

Matt DiBenedetto is still searching for a 2022 seat, but he is also trying to enjoy his final weekend driving the No. 21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing. He joins Davey Segal this week to discuss his mindset heading into another offseason unemployed, but why he’s keeping an open mind. They get deep and discuss …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Where’s the Respect in the Truck Series?


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The Truck race on Saturday (Oct. 30) was a you-know-what show. Why has the respect gone down considerably in recent years? – Dan I., Knoxville, Iowa The Camping World Truck Series has been trending this way for a couple years and especially in recent weeks. But it seems to have come to a boiling point …

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Kyle Busch Narrowly Misses Out On Championship 4: ‘We Ran Like Dogs**t’

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On another up-and-down day, Kyle Busch came up a few points short of advancing to another Championship 4 in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway Oct. 31. Not surprised about failing to advance, Busch was candid with his thoughts post-race on how the No. 18 team ran in Sunday’s Xfinity 500 and overall recently. …

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Daniel Hemric Advances to Championship 4 But Falls Short at Martinsville: ‘I’m So Disappointed’

Daniel Hemric Martinsville 2021 Xfinity pack racing NKP

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Everybody was thinking it. What would happen this time in the closing laps to prevent Daniel Hemric from winning his first NASCAR national series race? Besides a caution from future teammate Justin Haley, it was a joint decision from the No. 18 team that prevented him from challenging full bore for the win at Martinsville. “It’s …

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Podcast: Martinsville’s Clay Campbell on Hosting NASCAR’s Penultimate Race, Getting Event Feel Back

Clay Campbell Martinsville Speedway President

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Hosting the penultimate race of the 2020 NASCAR season, Martinsville Speedway holds the key to determining the Championship 4 field. Track president Clay Campbell joins Davey Segal this week to discuss what the race weekend entails in terms of preparation, how a track goes about securing a marquee date on the schedule, whether Martinsville has …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Regardless of Championship, Has Kyle Larson’s Season Been Successful?

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With nine wins already, is Kyle Larson‘s season a successful one regardless of if he wins the championship? – Mark K., Newton, Iowa Hell yeah, it is. He’s won nine damn times, for goodness’ sake. Championships used to be the barometer of how success was measured in NASCAR. But it’s not anymore and hasn’t been …

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Podcast: Parker Kligerman On Balancing Racing with TV, Desire To Run Full-Time

Parker Kligerman joins Davey Segal for the Frontstretch Podcast to talk about the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Graphic: Jared Haas

Parker Kligerman joins Davey Segal ahead of his return to NASCAR Cup Series competition this weekend at Kansas Speedway for Gaunt Brothers Racing. He explains how the deal came together, how he’s able to balance his NBC Sports work, racing and track ownership, what he’d like to do for the 2022 season and more, including …

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