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2021 NASCAR Top Storylines: Chip Ganassi’s Final Bow

2021 Darlington I Cup Kurt Busch Ross Chastain Chip Ganassi Racing (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

On the biggest stages of American motorsports, Chip Ganassi has found major success, from open wheel to sports cars to stock cars. But in a bombshell that rattled the NASCAR world in a 2021 that was already tumultuous in its own right, the chapter of Chip Ganassi Racing and NASCAR was slammed shut.   On …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Is It Really All About Winning?

Daniel Hemric at 2021 NASCAR Xfinity race at Atlanta Motor Speedway NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

You hear it all the time. NASCAR’s current post-season format is designed around winning. It’s why TV commentators each week go on and on about the importance of stage points, finding ways to remind viewers that winning races, even for a driver with multiple race wins, matters a lot. The emphasis is all well and …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Non-Playoff Drivers Spicing Up Postseason

John Hunter Nemechek Xfinity Series Texas Win

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The beginning of the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs told us a lot about the drivers in this series and their will to win. And it has nothing to do with the drivers racing for a championship. It has everything to do with those that are not. During a week in which an actual topic of …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Ty Gibbs vs. Sam Mayer is the Next Great Rivalry

Ty Gibbs smiling at 2021 Michigan NASCAR Xfinity race, holding a Monster drink, Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Rivalries. They’re what puts the ‘fan’ in fanatic. Two drivers who absolutely check the box of NASCAR’s next great rivalry? None other than Ty Gibbs and Sam Mayer, a pair of drivers who have followed a very similar career path over the past five or six years. Rivalries are fierce for the NASCAR fan base. …

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Xfinity Breakdown: AJ Allmendinger Makes it a ROVAL Trifecta in Drive for the Cure 250

AJ Allmendinger celebrates his win in the 2021 Drive for the Cure 250. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

He may not have set the pace prior to the final stage, but in the end, the result for AJ Allmendinger was a familiar one on a road course.: a victory.   Allmendinger moved into the lead with 20 laps remaining, then survived overtime to win a NASCAR Xfinity Series record sixth race on a road …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Brandon Brown’s Celebration Tainted By Fans’ Shameful Chant

Brandon Brown at Talladega

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It does not matter how long it takes to earn it or how it’s gained. You can never ever forget your first win in any racing series. It does not matter if you lead the most laps or just one. It’s the first win, and nobody can ever take that away. The emotion is hard …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Is NASCAR’s Portland Experiment Worth the Risk?

NASCAR Xfinity Series

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 25: Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC Chevrolet, Ty Gibbs, driver of the #54 Interstate Batteries Toyota, and Daniel Hemric, driver of the #18 Poppy Bank Toyota, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco Uniforms 302 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 25, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

One of the things that NASCAR should be commended for greatly these days is not doing the same thing season after season. For the longest time, you usually knew what the schedule would be from year to year. The schedule was mostly the same with the same venues. From time to time, a venue would …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Why Every Playoff Driver Can & Can’t Win the Title

2021 Xfinity Daytona II Finish Kaulig Racing 1-2-4, L-R Justin Haley, No. 11 Chevrolet, AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Chevrolet, and Jeb Burton, No. 10 Chevrolet (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

The time has arrived for the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs. This weekend in Las Vegas, the postseason gets underway. Even if there was no title at stake, racing purists of a certain type would be drawn in for one reason, that in the postseason, the field is void of any current NASCAR Cup Series drivers. …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Bristol Host the Championship Race?

Kevin Harvick fights with Chase Elliott at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Bristol Motor Speedway is one of NASCAR’s most iconic racetracks. There are countless memories in Thunder Valley that have helped make NASCAR what it is today. 2021 was no different. This past weekend (Sept. 16-18), all three events had as much action and drama as you could have wanted in a NASCAR event. The competition …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Josh Williams in Spotlight Thanks to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Josh Williams in Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If you’re a casual follower of the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Josh Williams probably did not resonate strongly around this time a week ago. In a series marked by NASCAR Cup Series interlopers and well-funded operations, there’s the other half of the garage where drivers like Williams reside. Whereas some drivers may define success as a …

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