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Lineup Format, Stage Lengths Revealed for Bristol Dirt Events

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR announced March 3 the starting lineup format and other procedures for the Cup and Camping World series events at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track. After revealing that there would be qualifying heats and practices, the sanctioning body shared the full details of the starting lineup, pit stops and stages. Starting lineup format As …

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Kevin Harvick Starting on Cup Pole at Las Vegas

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kevin Harvick will lead the NASCAR Cup Series field to green at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday (March 7). His No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford was placed on the pole after he finished fifth at Homestead-Miami Speedway last week. Homestead’s victor William Byron joins Harvick on the front row, while his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle …

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Waid’s World: The Lure of 1st Vegas Race Wasn’t Competition, It Was Money

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The next stop for NASCAR is Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which always sparks images of clanging slot machines, crowded roulette tables and cards flopping down repeatedly at blackjack tables. Well, it does for me, anyway. When the media learned prior to the 1998 Winston Cup (now NASCAR Cup Series) season that NASCAR was going to …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Will This Season Have More Than 16 Winners?

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With three winners already this season that aren’t your conventional names, talk of the 2021 playoff field is already heating up. After all, who would’ve expected Michael McDowell to have a spot locked up? And Christopher Bell and William Byron to have theirs this early? Will 2021 be the year that the regular season sees …

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Frontstretch 5: Best Non-Finale Races at Homestead-Miami Speedway

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We all remember when Homestead-Miami Speedway hosted NASCAR’s finale weekend from 2002-19. Many fantastic championship battles were fought, which included many joys and many heartbreaks to go along with them. The speedway, though, lost its finale weekend to Phoenix Raceway in 2020, signifying the end of a historic tradition. But the speedway hosted races that …

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What Cup Drivers Said After NASCAR Test at COTA

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March 2, 2021: Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. ( +CMS-HHP-Harold Hinson)

In preparation for the NASCAR national series races at Circuit of the Americas, NASCAR had a test at the Austin, Texas, track with Cup Series drivers Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski on March 2. COTA has hosted NTT IndyCar Series, Formula 1 and IMSA races, among others, but this is the first …

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10 Cup & Xfinity Teams Penalized for Homestead Lug Nut Violations

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NASCAR today (March 2) announced a slew of lug nut-related penalties between the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series after last weekend’s races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. All of the penalized Cup and Xfinity teams were found in violation of section 10.9.10.4 of the rule book., which deals with lug nuts not being properly …

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Dropping the Hammer: If 2021 Isn’t NASCAR’s ‘Best Season Ever,’ It Could Be Weirdest

Michael McDowell prepares to race in the 2021 Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Photo: NKP

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Putting labels on something — especially ahead of time — can be dangerous. Sometimes, it comes back to haunt you. Other times? It’s unintentionally brilliant. In NASCAR, the most successful example of giving an event a label, or an awesome name, in advance was 1992’s Cup Series All-Star Race. You may also know it as …

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Entry List: 2021 Pennzoil 400

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After three weeks in Florida, the NASCAR Cup Series heads west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Pennzoil 400. There are 38 cars entered for this race, meaning all will qualify, barring any last-minute additions. Among the notable entries are Joey Gase in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 15 Chevrolet and Justin Haley in the …

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