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Fire on Fridays: Here’s What Throwback Weekend Is Missing

2008 Truck Michigan Erik Darnell NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Autostock)

It’s easy to be resistant to gimmickry, but despite toeing that line ever so slightly, NASCAR’s now-annual throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway remains a good time. Well, maybe not for the teams’ spotters. But for others, the weekend is a bit of a treat, not just from the TV broadcasts of the NASCAR Cup, Xfinity …

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Raphael Lessard Out at GMS

Raphael Lessard stands at Daytona 2021 truck race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Raphael Lessard is out of the No. 24 at GMS Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series effective immediately, GMS announced May 3. According to GMS’ tweet, Lessard will not be in the ride for the remainder of the season “due to unfortunate circumstances.” A separate release from Lessard noted that funding had become …

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Harrison Burton Attempting Cup Debut at Talladega

Harrison Burton reaches out to helmet on his car at 2021 Xfinity Phoenix race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Harrison Burton will attempt to make his NASCAR Cup Series debut with Gaunt Brothers Racing at Talladega Superspeedway next week, GBR announced April 15. Burton will field the No. 96, sponsored by longtime backer Dex Imaging. The No. 96 is not a full-time team but will likely be in the field based on its owner’s …

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Jennifer Jo Cobb Making Cup Debut at Talladega

Jennifer Jo Cobb races at Las Vegas spring truck race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After nearly two decades in NASCAR, Jennifer Jo Cobb is going NASCAR Cup Series racing. Cobb will drive Rick Ware Racing’s No. 15 at Talladega Superspeedway next week, RWR announced April 13. Arrowhead Brass is the effort’s primary sponsor. “I am so thankful for this opportunity with RWR, and greatly appreciate Arrowhead Brass for coming …

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Fire on Fridays: Let Carl Edwards Retire in Peace

2016 Chicago CUP CArl Edwards Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

In music journalism, there’s a subset of news that’s not terribly common but ever present nonetheless. It usually surrounds a veteran artist or band who hasn’t done x thing in a while — release an album, reunite with the old band, get back on speaking terms with a former collaborator, etc. System of a Down …

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Joey Gase Honoring Davey Allison, Driving No. 28 at Talladega

Joey Gase on the phone at 2021 Daytona 500 NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Joey Gase will honor Davey Allison with a commemorative paint scheme when NASCAR visits Talladega Superspeedway later this month. Gase will drive the No. 28 in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series races at Talladega, Gase announced April 6. The schemes celebrate the life of Allison, who died in a July 1993 helicopter crash, …

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Santino Ferrucci Running Indy 500 for Rahal, Hy-Vee Added as Sponsor

Santino Ferrucci in the pits at Homestead, 2/27/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Santino Ferrucci will return to the NTT IndyCar Series at the 2021 Indianapolis 500. Ferrucci will pilot the No. 45 for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, RLL announced April 5. The No. 45 will carry sponsorship from Hy-Vee. “I am excited to be competing in the Indianapolis 500 with Hy-Vee and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” Ferrucci …

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Josh Reaume, Mike Wallace Reinstated by NASCAR

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Josh Reaume and Mike Wallace have had their indefinite suspensions lifted by NASCAR, the sanctioning body announced March 31. According to NASCAR, both drivers “successfully completed the terms and conditions mandated for reinstatement.” Both were suspended last year for violating Section 12.8.1.e of NASCAR’s rule book. Its guidelines cover “public statement and/or communication that criticizes, …

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Fire on Fridays: Here’s Which Cup Regular Is Going to Win the Bristol Truck Race

Kyle Larson wearing a mask at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This weekend’s 44-truck entry list for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ inaugural race on the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track is a little over 15% NASCAR Cup Series driver, with seven competitors who run full time in Cup dropping down to run the Truck race the night before. Bristol comes a week after a …

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Kris Wright Tests Positive for COVID-19, Josh Berry Driving at Atlanta

Kris Wright during qualifying for the NextEra Energy 250, 2/12/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kris Wright has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, Young’s Motorsports announced March 19. Josh Berry will fill in for Wright in the No. 02. Atlanta marks the second race Wright has missed in 2021; the rookie also skipped the Daytona …

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