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Kyle Larson Claims Cup Las Vegas Pole

Kyle Larson No. 5 Valvoline Hendrick Motorsports car after 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Bristol Motor Speedway, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs begin their Round of 12 this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kyle Larson is on the pole for Sunday’s (Sept. 26) South Point 400. Larson wheeled his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to victory last week at Bristol Motor Speedway, edging out Kevin Harvick within the final few laps. …

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Crew Chiefs for Martin Truex Jr., Aric Almirola Fined After Bristol Lug Nut Infractions

2021 Cup Bristol II Aric Almirola NKP

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The crew chiefs of the No. 19 of Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 10 of Aric Almirola have each been fined $10,000 following lug nut infractions found during post-race inspection in the NASCAR Cup Series on Sept. 18, NASCAR announced Sept. 21. Both Mike Bugarewicz of the Stewart-Haas Racing team and James Small of …

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Roush Fenway, Violet Defense Form Multi-Year Partnership

Ryan Newman for Roush Fenway Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 2021 NASCAR Cup Series race, NKP

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Roush Fenway Racing brings aboard a new primary sponsor in Violet Defense for multiple NASCAR Cup Series races throughout the remainder of 2021 and through both 2022 and 2023, the team announced Tuesday morning (Sept. 21). The germ-killing company will brand both of the team’s Ford Mustangs for a number of events, starting this upcoming …

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Entry List: 2021 South Point 400

#22: Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil

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After a dramatic finish to the Round of the 16, the NASCAR Cup Series continues the playoff charge in the Round of 12 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Sunday, Sept. 26 with the South Point 400. Thirty-eight cars are entered for 40 spots, certifying each driver a starting spot barring any last minute changes. …

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Rodney Childers Re-Signs With Stewart-Haas

Rodney Childers and Kevin Harvick look on in 2019 Cup Michigan race. Photo: NKP

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Rodney Childers will stay with Stewart-Haas Racing, re-signing with the team “for years to come,” as he posted on Twitter Sunday (Sept. 19). The longtime crew chief of 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick said he re-signed last Wednesday. “Been thinking all day, there is always a lot of things I could complain about,” …

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Kevin Harvick & Chase Elliott Rub Fenders, Exchange Insults at Bristol

Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott at Bristl

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There were fenders rubbed, fingers pointed and helmets slammed. After all that and 500 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick was blunt. “God damn, I’m ready to rip somebody’s freaking head off,” he said. As Kyle Larson celebrated a win in Saturday night’s (Sept. 18) Bass Pro Shops Night Race, tensions flared on pit …

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Kyle Larson Wins Bristol in Dramatic Finish

Kyle Larson Bristol Night Race 2021 NASCAR

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The familiar slogan of “it’s Bristol, baby” rang true on Saturday (Sept. 18) night, when late-race drama in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs elimination race at Bristol Motor Speedway heated up as the night wore on. Kyle Larson was the ultimate survivor of the mayhem as his No. 5 Valvoline Hendrick Chevrolet found victory lane …

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Bootie Barker Named Bubba Wallace’s New Crew Chief for Rest of 2021

bubba wallace car NKP

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Bubba Wallace will have a fresh face atop his No. 23 pit box for the remainder of this NASCAR Cup Series season. Bootie Barker has been named the crew chief, beginning with the upcoming race at Bristol Motor Speedway, 23XI Racing announced Thursday (Sept. 16). Wallace’s former crew chief Mike Wheeler has been elevated to …

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Crew Member Reveals StarCom Racing Shutdown

#00: Quin Houff, StarCom Racing, Chevrolet Camaro UNITS, racing at 2021 Cup Richmond Raceway NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A NASCAR Cup Series crew member announced on Twitter Wednesday (Sept. 15) StarCom Racing will be shut down following the 2021 season finale at Phoenix Raceway. Charlie Langenstein, shop foreman and mechanical director at StarCom, said in a since-deleted Twitter post that, “We at StarCom Racing have been notified that our team will cease operations …

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