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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’

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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The Art of Racing in the Rain: Chase Elliott Prevails at COTA

Chase Elliott races in the rain at Circuit of the Americas (COTA). May 2021 Cup (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series raced through monsoon-like conditions with a veil of mist and rooster tails for most of Sunday (May 23) afternoon at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.  The conditions culminated in NASCAR calling the race, with Chase Elliott out front when they did. Intensifying rain later in the event forced NASCAR’s …

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Multi-Car Pileups Mar Rainy Stage 2 at COTA

Martin Truex Jr. races in the inaugural NASCAR COTA event before his big wreck. (May 2021) (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series’ EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas had gone smoothly for the most part, with an opening stage featuring just one caution and a couple of single-car spins here and there.  However, chaos struck four laps into stage two and again after the green flag waved. With little-to-no visibility …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at COTA

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Nearly 3.5 miles and 20 turns await the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday (May 23) at Circuit of the Americas in Austin. So, too, does a decent chance of rain, which hovers around 40-50% for the duration of the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix. Sunday marks the first time NASCAR’s premier touring series has visited the …

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Tyler Reddick Claims First Career Cup Pole at COTA

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For just the second time this season, qualifying returned to a NASCAR Cup Series race weekend…this time at Circuit of the Americas. With the series’ debut at the track in the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix just hours away on Sunday (May 23), Tyler Reddick led the way after finishing eighth in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race …

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William Byron Fastest in Cup COTA Practice

William Byron Martinsville

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

William Byron had the fastest lap in wet and rainy conditions in the NASCAR Cup Series’ only practice session of the weekend at Circuit of the Americas Saturday, May 22. Bryon went 77.847 mph during the period, edging out Team Penske’s Joey Logano lap speed of 77.558 mph. Byron’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson was …

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Fastenal Staying With Roush Fenway Through 2024

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Fastenal will continue to sponsor the No. 17 of Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series through 2024, the team announced Wednesday, May 19. The company has been with the organization since 2010 in the Xfinity Series; it will stay as an anchor partner on the N0. 17 car, currently driven by Chris Buescher. …

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