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2021 NASCAR Top Storylines: Daniel Hemric Ends Drought, Crowned Xfinity Champion

2021 Xfinity Phoenix Daniel Hemric Trophy (Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

(Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

On Nov. 6, 2021, Daniel Hemric had made 119 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, 50 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, 38 NASCAR Cup Series starts and three playoff appearances. And the 30-year-old Kannapolis, N.C., native had yet to win a race, much less a partridge in a pear tree. It was 2021, and Hemric had …

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Friday Faceoff: What Were the Biggest Surprises & Disappointments of 2021?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Another year, another near miss for Denny Hamlin. Will he ever win a NASCAR Cup Series title? Luken Glover: Denny Hamlin absolutely has the talent to get the job done. So, can he do it? Definitely a yes. Will he do it? I’m leaning towards no. We may be seeing the equivalent of Mark Martin, who …

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Stock Car Scoop: Are Kyle Larson and Hendrick Motorsports On the Verge of NASCAR Dynasty?

Kyle Larson celebrates his first NASCAR Cup Series championship after winning the Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway. (Photo: NKP)

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The NASCAR Cup Series championship on Sunday (Nov. 7) at Phoenix Raceway came down to a final round of pit stops, and Kyle Larson’s crew turned in lightning-fast service to springboard him to the lead, as well as the eventual race win and championship. With 10 wins on the season and overall dominance from the …

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Kyle Larson Uses Lightning-Fast Stop to Win Phoenix, NASCAR Cup Championship

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On an afternoon where it seemed like anyone’s game, it was Kyle Larson who took home the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series championship at Phoenix Raceway. After nine wins through 35 races, Larson seemed to be on the wrong end of luck as the laps waned in the title race in the desert. But a late …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson pack racing in 2021 spring Phoenix NASCAR Cup race. (Photo: NKP)

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It’s time. Time for the final race of the season. Time for four NASCAR Cup Series drivers to go head-to-head at Phoenix Raceway’s second championship finale, racing 312 laps in the desert on Sunday (Nov. 7). And, of course, time to crown the 2021 Cup Series champion once the checkered flag falls near sunset in …

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Stock Car Scoop: NASCAR Championship Weekend Preview

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It’s NASCAR’s crowning moment. Championship weekend is upon us all this weekend at Phoenix Raceway, where the Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Cup series will crown their 2021 title-winners come checkered flags on Friday (Nov. 5), Saturday and Sunday. Ahead of the excitement, Adam Cheek and Bryan Nolen team up for one final preview podcast …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Step In & Stop Disrespectful Racing?

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This past weekend’s races at Martinsville Speedway brought up some conversation about drivers’ respect for others. Truck Series veteran Matt Crafton was particularly brash about his thoughts, saying the only way to handle the lack of respect is to “punch someone in the mouth.” With Crafton’s mentality being an old-school approach, many suggested that NASCAR …

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Stock Car Scoop: Will Halloween Chaos at Martinsville Carry Into Phoenix?

Denny Hamlin is spun by Alex Bowman in turn 3 during Martinsville Speedway's Xfinity 500. (Photo: Getty Images)

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The NASCAR Cup Series’ penultimate race of the 2021 season at Martinsville Speedway concluded with Alex Bowman spinning Denny Hamlin to win his fourth race of the year. The Xfinity 500 saw four drivers eliminated on Sunday (Oct. 31) as the field was set for the Championship 4 finale at Phoenix Raceway. The Frontstretch podcast …

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Alex Bowman Bumps Denny Hamlin From Lead at Martinsville, Claims 4th Win of 2021

#11: Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Ground confronts race winner #48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally after the checkered flag

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On Halloween afternoon at Martinsville Speedway, Alex Bowman bumped Denny Hamlin late in the race to set up an overtime restart and his fourth win of the season in the NASCAR Cup Series. Spooky vibes didn’t pervade the Xfinity 500 Sunday (Oct. 31) until late, when cautions started flying faster than the cars were running …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Xfinity 500 at Martinsville

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The penultimate race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway is upon us, and pretty much everything is still up in the air. Kyle Larson has won three straight races, including sweeping both events in the Round of 8 thus far at Texas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway. He’s led a combined 386 …

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