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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

Coca Cola 600 2017

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade /NKP)

A full 500 miles of racing have already been completed on Sunday (May 30) with Helio Castroneves‘ historic win in the Indianapolis 500 kicking off a full day of motorsports, but 600 miles loom ahead of the NASCAR Cup Series for the evening’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The normally busy day was cut …

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Ryan Newman Wants to Keep Racing Amid Brad Keselowski Ownership Rumors

Ryan Newman

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ryan Newman wants to keep racing beyond 2021. The problem he faces is it may not be his decision. Amid reports that Brad Keselowski will head to Roush Fenway Racing to become driver of the No. 6 Ford and part-owner of Roush-Fenway-Keselowski Racing, the future of Newman’s career sits unstable. While nothing has officially been …

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Kyle Larson Wins Charlotte Cup Pole

Kyle Larson practices for Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Cup NASCAR NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kyle Larson will start on the pole for Sunday’s (May 30) Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Larson earned his ninth career NASCAR Cup Series pole on Saturday and first with Hendrick Motorsports, going 180.282 mph in one lap. JTG Daugherty Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will line up next to Larson on the front row …

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Did Ryan Blaney Confirm Brad Keselowski to Become Car Owner?

Brad Keselowski NASCAR Phoenix 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The report that Brad Keselowski will be part-owner for Roush Fenway Racing starting next season may have just been confirmed by current Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney. During a media availability session after practice Friday (May 28) at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Blaney was asked if he knew anything about Keselowski’s plans. ”I didn’t hear anything …

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Austin Dillon Leads Charlotte Cup Practice

2021 Phoenix Cup Austin Dillon NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Austin Dillon led the NASCAR Cup Series practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday (May 28). Dillon’s fast lap of 180.935 mph went to the top of the charts in the lone Cup practice session of the weekend. Hendrick Motorsports teammates Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson were the other two drivers going …

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Trey Poole Filling In As Chase Elliott’s Spotter

2021 COTA Cup Chase Elliott NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Trey Poole will serve as Chase Elliott‘s spotter this weekend in the NASCAR Cup Series, according to NASCAR’s roster portal. Poole will sit atop the spotter’s stand at Charlotte Motor Speedway while filling the role vacated by Eddie D’Hondt, who was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR May 26. Poole, who is Elliott’s cousin, has previously assisted …

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Chase Elliott Spotter Eddie D’Hondt Suspended After Arrest For Alleged Assault of Pregnant Woman

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)

UPDATE: NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports have both suspended Eddie D’Hondt indefinitely. Hendrick announced its suspension first in a statement Wednesday morning. “We became aware of the situation this morning and have immediately and indefinitely suspended Mr. D’Hondt’s role with our company. We are taking this matter very seriously and will continue to seek additional information …

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Frontstretch 5: Other Road Courses That Could Host a NASCAR Event

A gaggle of NASCAR Cup cars come around and enter a turn at Circuit of the Americas in 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This past weekend, NASCAR’s top three series were the subject of a bizarre but memorable inaugural weekend at the 3.4-mile-long Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. COTA has become the latest example of NASCAR’s newfound “road course craze,” which constitutes a plethora of new road courses added to NASCAR’s schedule in recent years. The …

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Waid’s World: Charlotte Motor Speedway Is Product of a Visionary & ‘The P.T. Barnum of Racing’

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Graphic: Jared Haas

Early in my motorsports career, I used to confuse Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Howard A. “Humpy” Wheeler with NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Cale Yarborough. Sounds ridiculous, I know. But consider this: They were about the same height, had similar stocky builds and sandy blonde hair. At a function where both wore suits and ties, I …

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