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Stock Car Scoop: NASCAR Championship Weekend Preview

Phoenix

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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?

John Hunter Nemechek NASCAR Martinsville

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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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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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Tracking the Trucks: Zane Smith Stays Ahead of Martinsville Mayhem

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In a Nutshell: Zane Smith emerged from chaos, smoke and banged-up trucks at Martinsville Speedway to win Saturday’s (Oct. 30) NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and secure a spot in the Championship 4. Smith was 40 points back of the cutline and in a must-win situation on a mild afternoon in southern Virginia, leading 65 …

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Stock Car Scoop: Which Drivers Will Move On at Martinsville?

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The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Martinsville Speedway for the penultimate race of the season. Kyle Larson has won the last three races and swept the Round of 8 so far, which sets up three available playoff spots for seven drivers. How chaotic will Sunday (Oct. 31)’s Halloween elimination race be? Which drivers will secure …

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Stock Car Scoop: How Intense Will Martinsville Be After Kansas?

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Kyle Larson emerged victorious after Sunday’s (Oct. 24) event at Kansas Speedway, winning his third race in a row and ninth of the 2021 season. Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek delve into why it was so difficult for Kevin Harvick to pass Larson in the closing laps, which driver below the cutline could win next …

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Kyle Larson Comes Out on Top at Kansas, Wins 9th Race of 2021

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No matter what happens the rest of the season, Kyle Larson will have won at least a quarter of 2021’s races. The No. 5 took control at Kansas Speedway on Sunday (Oct. 24) and rarely relinquished the lead, capping a day in which three of Hendrick Motorsports’ cars finished inside the top 10. It was …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Verizon 5G and #24: William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Axalta pack racing Kansas spring 2021 Cup race NKP

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Just three races remain in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. First among them is Sunday (Oct. 24) afternoon’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, where 40 drivers settle in for 267 laps on the 1.5-mile yellow brick road. Even after last week’s likely-calm race at Texas Motor Speedway devolved into chaos in the final …

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