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2021 NASCAR Rookie Roundup: How’d the New Guys (& Gal) Do?

Ty Gibbs celebrates in victory lane after winning 2021 NASCAR Xfinity race at Kansas, NKP

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The 2021 season has come to a close, and with it ends the rookie seasons for the newcomers to the sport. All three NASCAR national series saw at least two Rookie of the Year contenders, and in the case of the Xfinity and Camping World Truck series, there were four apiece. With over a dozen …

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Chandler Smith Wins Truck Series Finale in Phoenix, Ben Rhodes Wins Championship

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Chandler Smith swept both stages and scored his second career victory in Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway, just one week after being eliminated from playoff contention. “I’m just really blessed right now,” Smith said. “Can’t thank Safelite, Toyota Racing, Danny [Stockman], KBM, Kyle [Busch], everyone that goes down the line to make …

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John Hunter Nemechek Quickest in Xfinity Practice at Phoenix

John Hunter Nemechek standing against his truck for 2021 NASCAR Trucks race at Nashville Superspeedway, NKP

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John Hunter Nemechek will look to claim his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship tonight, but not before he put down the fastest lap in Xfinity Series practice at Phoenix Raceway on Friday, Nov. 5. Nemechek’s fastest lap was 130.388 mph; Championship 4 driver and reigning series champion Austin Cindric was the only other …

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Chandler Smith on Pole for Truck Series Finale at Phoenix

Chandler Smith at Knoxville 2021, NKP

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Chander Smith may have been the last to qualify for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 5, but he certainly was not the least. In his one lap, Smith put down a blistering pace of 136.576 mph, more than a quarter of a second faster than second-fastest Sheldon Creed. …

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Brad Keselowski Tops Chart in Phoenix Cup Practice

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In the first NASCAR Cup Series practice session since August — and in his final session as a driver for Team Penske — Brad Keselowski ran the fastest lap of the 39 cars to hit the track at Phoenix Raceway, reaching a speed of 135.384 mph on Friday, Nov. 5. Kyle Larson, Matt DiBenedetto, Christopher …

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