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William Byron Leads Nashville Cup Practice

2021 Homestead Cup Kyle Larson William Byron racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

William Byron was fastest in practice for Sunday’s (June 20) NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway. After getting to the top of the charts early in the session, Byron’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson jumped ahead by a slim margin. However, the No. 24 made a mock qualifying run that brought him ahead of …

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Eddie D’Hondt Reinstated By NASCAR After Charges Dropped

Eddie D'Hondt at Martinsville Speedway in 2018. (Photo: NKP)

Eddie D'Hondt, Chase Elliott's spotter, on the spotter's stand at Martinsville Speedway. (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Eddie D’Hondt, the spotter for NASCAR Cup Series defending champion Chase Elliott that was arrested and charged on misdemeanor charges of assault in late May, has been cleared of his charges for, “insufficient evidence to warrant prosecution. Conflicting statements were made by the witnesses and dispositive evidence was never provided to the DA’s office.” Shortly …

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Justin Haley Full-Time, AJ Allmendinger Part-Time in 2022 Cup Season for Kaulig

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The first Rookie of the Year candidate for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series has been announced: Justin Haley. He will drive full-time next year for Kaulig Racing, which announced Friday (June 18) that it has acquired two charters from Spire Motorsports for the upcoming Cup Series season. Haley has signed a multi-year deal to pilot …

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Watkins Glen Allowing Full Capacity in Grandstands for NASCAR Weekend

Watkins Glen 2019 NASCAR Cup Chase Elliott

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Watkins Glen International will allow an unlimited number of fans when NASCAR comes to town on Aug. 4-8, it announced June 18. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that COVID-19 restrictions were lifted immediately. Masks will still be required for those who haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccine. It becomes one of several racetracks …

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Alex Bowman, Ally Re-Up With Hendrick Through 2023

2021 COTA Cup Alex Bowman stinkeye NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Alex Bowman is staying with Hendrick Motorsports through at least 2023. Bowman and sponsor Ally announced a two-year extension with Hendrick Motorsports June 18. “(I’m) excited about it (and) obviously excited to continue to work with Ally and drive the No. 48 car,” Bowman said in a team release. “It’s been a lot of fun …

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Ryan Eversley to Make Cup Debut at Road America for Rick Ware Racing

Garrett Smithley No. 53 NASCAR Cup car at 2021 Circuit of the Americas NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ryan Eversley will make his first NASCAR Cup Series start at Road America in the No. 53 car for Rick Ware Racing, he announced Friday, June 18. Eversley has one podium in the NASCAR Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series, as well as four podiums in the American Le Mans Series. He previously competed in five …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Should a Part-Time Driver Be Able To Make the Playoffs?

Josh Berry

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Do you think Ty Gibbs (or Josh Berry) in the [NASCAR] Xfinity Series and Grant Enfinger in the [Camping World] Truck Series should get into the playoffs if they are above the playoff cutline points-wise even though they haven’t attempted all the races? – Thomas Rooney (via email) Great question, Thomas. And it’s one that …

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Frontstretch 5: Longtime Traditions That NASCAR Should Resuscitate

2017 Charlotte All Star CUP Kyle Busch celebrates John K Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Ever since the turn of the current millennium, NASCAR has taken steady steps of change as the sport has evolved. Whether it’s driver safety, track modifications, schedule overhauls or pushes for diversity, some changes have left behind positive impressions and impacts, while others have blatantly left behind negative ones (need I remind you of the …

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Ross Chastain, Tyler Reddick, Aric Almirola, Matt DiBenedetto Advance to All-Star Race

Ross Chastain in the garage at Circuit of the Americas, 5/22/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Two hours prior to the NASCAR Cup Series’ 2021 All-Star Race, four drivers locked in their spots to race for $1 million late Sunday (June 13) evening. Ross Chastain, Tyler Reddick and Aric Almirola won the first, second and final rounds, respectively, of the All-Star Open to qualify for the main event. Matt DiBenedetto, who …

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