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Entry List: 2021 Food City Dirt Race

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For the first time in over 50 years, the NASCAR Cup Series will take to the dirt, running on the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track. Thirty-nine cars are entered for the inaugural Food City Dirt Race on Sunday, March 28, meaning all will race, barring any entry list changes. For the first time since Daytona …

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Alex Bowman Quietly Earns 1st Top-5 Finish of Season

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While all eyes were on Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson’s battle for the win Sunday (March 21) at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Alex Bowman quietly finished third for his first top-five finish of 2021. It was Bowman’s first top five since the Texas Motor Speedway playoff race last fall. “We kind of struggled on long runs …

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Ryan Blaney Chases Down Kyle Larson at Atlanta, Wins 5th Career Cup Series Race

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Ryan Blaney chased down a dominant Kyle Larson at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday (March 21), executing an incredible comeback to win the first NASCAR Cup Series race for himself and Team Penske in 2021. Blaney cut a three-second gap to zero in about 20 laps, passing Larson on the frontstretch and slamming the door …

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3 Drivers Scheduled for Goodyear Tire Test at Nashville Superspeedway

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Three NASCAR Cup Series drivers will perform a Goodyear tire test at Nashville Superspeedway next Tuesday, March 23, according to Bob Pockrass on Twitter. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe will take to the Tennessee track, representing Chevrolet, Toyota and Ford manufacturers, respectively. It’s in preparation …

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Format Revealed for iRacing Pro Invitational Series Bristol Dirt Race

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The schedule and format for the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series event on the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track has been revealed. FOX Sports 1 coverage starts on Wednesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. ET as drivers practice for the upcoming events. Then, at 7:50 p.m. ET, there will be a qualifying session to set …

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TRD President: Returning to Previous Practice/Qualifying Procedures ‘Unnecessary,’ ‘Expensive’

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For the most part, NASCAR’s national series have not held their usual pre-race practice and qualifying sessions for the past year due to cutbacks from the COVID-19 pandemic, and some in the sport wouldn’t mind if it stayed that way. Toyota Racing Development President David Wilson voiced his opinion on NASCAR race weekends’ format going …

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Autotrader Stays With Team Penske, Signs Multi-Year Extension

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Longtime sponsor Autotrader has signed a multi-year extension with Team Penske and will be on board for six NASCAR Cup Series races in 2021, the team announced March 17. Autotrader, which has been with Penske since 2014, will be a primary sponsor for Brad Keselowski at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday. It will also come aboard …

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Denny Hamlin Starting on Cup Pole at Atlanta

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Denny Hamlin will start from the pole in Sunday’s (March 21) NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The current points leader acquired the position after finishing third last week at Phoenix Raceway. His Joe Gibbs Racing stablemate Martin Truex Jr., who won last Sunday, will join Hamlin on the front row. Team Penske’s …

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Cliff Daniels Finding His Role as Leader While Kyle Larson Finds Success

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Cliff Daniels has only been a NASCAR Cup Series crew chief for two drivers: Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson. Five races into his inaugural campaign with Larson, Daniels earned his first career victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7, and the new pairing has garnered four top-10 finishes in five races. Daniels worked …

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Frontstretch 5: Honorable Female Driving Pioneers in NASCAR

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As we know, March is Women’s History Month, and during it sports organizations across America observe and highlight the accomplishments of female athletes of all kinds. And it would be silly for us at Frontstretch to not have a writing segment dedicated to women who have done the same to leave their own marks on …

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