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Kyle Larson Leads 57 Laps, Survives Late-Race Carnage to Win at Sonoma

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With 30 laps to go at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday (June 6), the trio of Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott had gapped the rest of the field by at least 10 seconds, and Larson led fourth-place Joey Logano by almost 18. Then the cautions started flying. A mostly tame return to Northern …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

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The NASCAR Cup Series will spend its Sunday (June 6) afternoon winding its way through wine country in the hills of California. It’s the first time in two years that Sonoma Raceway has hosted a series race, with COVID-19-related travel restrictions and concerns preventing NASCAR from venturing out to the track in 2020. Martin Truex …

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Daytona, Martinsville, More Announce Full Capacity for Future NASCAR Events

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Six NASCAR racetracks have announced on Wednesday (June 2) that grandstands will be open to full capacity for the fall events. Michigan International Speedway and Daytona International Speedway in August, Richmond Raceway in September, Talladega Superspeedway and Martinsville Speedway in October and the Championship weekend at Phoenix Raceway in November will all be open for …

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Cole Custer Adds Autodesk Sponsorship for 6 Cup Races

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Autodesk is coming aboard Cole Custer’s No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford for six NASCAR Cup Series events this season, the team announced Wednesday (June 2). The company is on its fourth year of partnership with SHR and joins Custer for this weekend’s event at Sonoma Raceway. It will also be on board at the Indianapolis …

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Kyle Larson Grabs Sonoma Cup Pole

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series is California dreamin’ as it makes the trip out west to Sonoma Raceway. Kyle Larson is on the pole for Sunday’s (June 6) Toyota/Save Mart 350. The No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports driver took the position after a dominant performance in the Coca-Cola 600 last Sunday. Larson’s Hendrick teammates Chase Elliott and …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Over & Underachievers in All 3 National Series

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Who has overachieved and who has underachieved across all three NASCAR national series so far this season? – Rebecca F., Tulsa, Okla. I’ll take this series by series, as there are a lot of drivers/teams to cover with this question. Starting with the Camping World Truck Series, I’ll give a nod to Niece Motorsports’ Carson …

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Crew Chief Kevin Bellicourt Suspended after Charlotte Lug Nut Penalty

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Among the fines given out within the post-race penalty report from last weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Spire Motorsports crew chief Kevin Bellicourt has been suspended for one NASCAR Cup Series event following a lug nut infraction. According to the penalty report, the crew chief of the No. 77 Spire Motorsports entry driven …

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NASCAR Championship Weekend Returning to Phoenix for 2022

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Though the 2022 NASCAR schedule has not yet been released, at least one important piece of the puzzle has been confirmed. The season-ending championship weekend will again return to Phoenix Raceway in 2022, NASCAR announced June 1. 2022 will mark the third straight season Phoenix hosts the season finale for the NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and …

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Entry List: 2021 Toyota/Save Mart 350

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After a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Sonoma, Calif. for its second road course event in three weeks. It’s the Cup Series’ first trip to Sonoma Raceway since 2019 after the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the 2020 event. Thirty-seven cars are entered for 40 spots, meaning all drivers will start …

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Kyle Busch Breaks Up Hendrick Party With 3rd-Place Run in Coca-Cola 600

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Despite putting on a bit of a show in the final laps, Kyle Busch “had nothing” for Hendrick Motorsports in Sunday night’s (May 30) Coca-Cola 600. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was the last vanguard against another 1-2-3-4 finish by Hendrick as Kyle Larson won over Chase Elliott, while Busch placed ahead of William Byron …

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