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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas

NASCAR All-Star Race action from Texas Motor Speedway, June 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series hops its second playoff wagon westward and head to Texas Motor Speedway, with the Round of 8 set to kick off in the Lone Star State on Sunday (Oct. 17). It’s just the second race to be held not on or near the East Coast after the Round of 12’s opener …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte

Chase Elliot leads a pack of cars in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s time for the NASCAR Cup Series to take to the only road course of the postseason, with the Charlotte Roval set for Sunday (Oct. 10) afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s hybrid layout. Sunday also marks the final race of the Round of 12, and four drivers will be eliminated once the checkered flag waves. …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: YellaWood 500 at Talladega

A pack of NASCAR race cars running the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, April 2021. Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Likely the most dreaded event of the NASCAR playoffs for any series, Talladega Superspeedway’s 2.66-mile oval looms in the Cup Series’ drivers’ windshields for Sunday (Oct. 3). It’s the second race of the Round of 12, and the goliath down in Alabama has already produced its share of chaos during the weekend. Multiple multi-car (and …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: South Point 400 at Las Vegas

Las Vegas Cup 2020 race

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After cut tires, fights and eliminations highlighted the Cup Series’ race last Saturday (Sept. 18) at Bristol Motor Speedway, the field heads west to a (possibly) calmer venue in Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday (Sept. 26) as the playoffs’ Round of 12 begins. Kyle Larson won the spring race in Sin City and won …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Bass Pro Shops Night Race

ARCA cars race in a blur at Bristol Motor Speedway

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It’s Bristol, baby! And it’s elimination time for four drivers heading into the half-mile “Last Great Colosseum” near the state border between Virginia and Tennessee. A quartet of playoff competitors will be sent home once the checkered flag flies late Saturday (Sept. 18) night, with 500 laps standing between the 16 playoff drivers and either …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond

2019 NASCAR Cup starting grid

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series heads north to Richmond Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 11) for the second race of the first round of the playoffs. Brad Keselowski is the defending winner of September’s annual Federated Auto Parts 400 in the Commonwealth, but Alex Bowman came out of nowhere in the spring this year to become the …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington

The NASCAR Cup Series races the Track Too Tough To Tame in the 2019 version of Darlington Raceway's Southern 500. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs zoom into action on Sunday (Sept. 5) both under the sun and under the lights at Darlington Raceway. A 6 p.m. ET start will encompass the entire evening for the Cook Out Southern 500. The “Lady in Black” hosts its second race of the year and the first race …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona

Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup 2021 pack racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Daytona International Speedway looms large in the windshields of NASCAR Cup Series drivers on Saturday night (Aug. 28). The track will host the 26th and final race of the regular season. 2021 marks the second time the superspeedway has held the cutoff race for the playoff field, and the final spot is down to the …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series field is probably glad to be away from road courses for a while. After the outright chaos and destruction that ensued last week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, when the track’s curbing came apart and sent nearly a dozen cars spinning, it’s back to oval racing on Sunday (Aug. …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard

Alex Bowman pagoda

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Things look a little different this year for the NASCAR Cup Series’ visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Well, a lot different, actually. Instead of running the 2.5-mile oval at the famed facility, NASCAR’s premier series will instead take to the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Grand Prix course that winds its way through the infield on Sunday (Aug. …

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