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2021 NASCAR Top Storylines: John Hunter Nemechek Comes Up Short in Truck Series Championship Battle

2021 Phoenix II Trucks John Hunter Nemechek NKP

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In November 2020, just days after completing his NASCAR Cup Series rookie season, John Hunter Nemechek informed Front Row Motorsports he wouldn’t return to the organization for 2021. Just a week later, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced the addition of the 24-year-old to its Camping World Truck Series stable. “I began my Xfinity Series career with …

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Was Phoenix Raceway Ryan Newman’s Final NASCAR Cup Series Race?

Ryan Newman races in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway. (Photo: NKP)

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Almost exactly 21 years to the day, Ryan Newman made what could have been his final NASCAR Cup Series start at the same track where it all began: Phoenix Raceway. Since late July, we’ve known Brad Keselowski will take over as driver of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford in a minority owner partnership, leaving …

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Tracking the Trucks: Chandler Smith Snags 2nd Career Win, Ben Rhodes Wins Championship in Phoenix

2021 Phoenix II Trucks Ben Rhodes celebrates NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In a Nutshell: Chandler Smith scored his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in Friday night’s (Nov. 5) Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway. The rookie led five times for 39 laps, including the final 18 for his second victory in five races, just one week after being eliminated from the championship battle. …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Why Is Respect an Issue in Truck Series Today?

2021 Truck Martinsville John Hunter Nemechek Tow Truck NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

“There’s a complete lack of respect everywhere, all over the place.” – Kyle Busch Respect. It’s such a simple word, yet it’s become such a hot topic in recent weeks in NASCAR and, more specifically, in the Camping World Truck Series. Coming out of last weekend’s trip to Martinsville Speedway, plenty of drivers left upset …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Non-Playoff Storylines to Watch at Martinsville

Brandon Jones in No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports truck, 2020 NASCAR Truck race at Martinsville, pack racing, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

As the Camping World Truck Series comes into Martinsville Speedway off of a three-week hiatus, the eight playoff drivers are set to make their bid for the Championship 4 and a chance to race for the title next weekend at Phoenix Raceway. Christian Eckes and Tate Fogleman each scored their first career wins at Las …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Who is Talladega Superspeedway Winner Tate Fogleman?

Tate Fogleman Talladega NASCAR Truck Series 2021

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Just a few weeks ago, Tate Fogleman shocked the Camping World Truck Series and kicked off what became a weekend of first-time winners at Talladega Superspeedway. Now that he’s had a couple of weeks to let that victory sink in, he sat down with Frontstretch to talk about his career so far with Young’s Motorsports, …

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5 Points to Ponder: Despite Trouble at Texas, Denny Hamlin Showed Championship Form

Denny Hamlin waits for a NASCAR race at Charlotte to begin. Photo: NKP

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1. Denny Hamlin showing championship potential We’ve seen it time and again: Denny Hamlin makes the playoffs only to fall flat in the season’s most critical moments. But fast forward to the 2021 season and we’ve seen the No. 11 team strike first in the Round of 16 and the Round of 12, winning at …

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Christopher Bell Bounces Back to 3rd-Place Finish at Texas Motor Speedway

Christopher Bell racing at Texas Motor Speedway. Photo by Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Just a week removed from being eliminated from the playoffs, Christopher Bell snagged a third-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway. He was also one of three non-playoff drivers to finish in the top five (William Byron, second; Kevin Harvick, fifth). But despite the finish, it wasn’t easy for Bell to get to that point. After …

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Up in Smoke: Joey Logano Suffers 1st Blown Engine Since 2014

Joey Logano in the Texas Motor Speedway garage with a blown motor. Photo by Beth Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Beth Lunkenheimer)

Joey Logano saw his hopes of pointing his way into the Championship 4 go up in smoke at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday (Oct. 17) … literally. Right as the field approached lap 300, the No. 22 AAA Insurance Ford suffered an engine failure and billowed smoke as the caution flew for the fluid left on …

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Chaotic 12-Car Crash Mars Stage 1 at Texas Motor Speedway

2021 Michigan Cup Alex Bowman NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Almost immediately after the field restarted from the competition caution at Texas Motor Speedway, a large crash brought out the second yellow of the day early in stage one. A lap 32 incident, triggered by contact between Bubba Wallace and Ross Chastain blocked the backstretch and chaos ensued. Officially, 12 drivers were involved according to …

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