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Justin Haley Cleared to Return at COTA

Justin Haley at Las Vegas spring Cup race NKP

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Justin Haley has been medically cleared to return to competition at Circuit of the Americas after missing last week’s events due to COVID-19 protocols, Kaulig Racing announced May 19. Haley missed the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series races at Dover International Speedway for Spire Motorsports and Kaulig, replaced in the events by Josh Berry and …

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Did You Notice?: Winners & Losers If Brad Keselowski Buys Into Roush Fenway Racing

Brad Keselowski stands by his No. 2 Team Penske Ford at Kansas Speedway (May 2021). (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … Brad Keselowski will reportedly purchase an interest in Roush Fenway Racing? First reported by Motorsport’s Jim Utter, the deal would make the 2012 NASCAR Cup Series champion part owner and driver of the No. 6 Ford in 2022. The rumor has been around for a few weeks but public support of the story has …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Racetrack Vibes Are Slowly Getting Back to Normal

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With more tracks opening at 100% capacity, is this a sign that normality is on the horizon for the racetrack experience? — Peter B., Dover, Del. Speaking from personal experience this past weekend, I can wholeheartedly tell you the answer is a resounding yes. I’ve covered a handful of races during the COVID-19 pandemic, mostly …

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Frontstretch 5: Other Noteworthy Team Sweeps in NASCAR Cup Races

Kyle Larson leads the field in the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway, May 2021.

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Sunday’s (May 16) Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway could not have gone more perfectly for Rick Hendrick and the entire Hendrick Motorsports organization. Between race winner Alex Bowman, runner-up Kyle Larson and fourth-place finisher William Byron, Hendrick had at least one of his cars in the lead for 382 out of 400 laps. And …

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William Byron’s No. 24 Among 4 Cup Teams Penalized After Dover

William Byron with crew chief Rudy Fugle before 2021 Daytona Road course Cup event Photo NKP

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Four NASCAR Cup Series crew chiefs have been given monetary fines following the post-race inspections for the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway last weekend, May 16. The crew chiefs of the Nos. 24, 8, 17, and 37 of William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Chris Buescher and Ryan Preece, respectively, were each forced to pay a …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dover Brings Hendrick Domination That FOX Didn’t Make Better

2021 Cup Dover Aerial Shot (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

This year, Dover only gets one crack at NASCAR. When the circus visits the high-banked concrete oval with the oldest racing surface in Cup (the concrete, originally nicknamed “White Lightning,” has been in use since 1995), you never really know what’s going to happen. With the lower downforce package in play, it means that the …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Road Ahead

Chase Elliott practices at COTA

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

1. The “Road” Ahead For the second half of the 2021 regular season, the Cup Series regulars face an eclectic mix of tracks, including a doubleheader at Pocono Raceway (the only two-fer of this year), a brand new circuit in Nashville, and, count ’em, five road courses. Of the quintet, three road courses are new …

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Dropping the Hammer: We’re Talking About Practice, Man

Kyle Busch at COTA

(Photo: Speedway Motorsports)

Brace yourself. For a limited summer engagement, things are going back to “normal” in NASCAR land. In a confluence of events — the rapid lifting of COVID-19 attendance restrictions and how NASCAR’s 2021 schedule is laid out — four of the next six points paying NASCAR Cup race weekends will feel like they’re happening in …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: 103 Checkered Flags at Dover

Kyle Larson leads the field in the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway, May 2021.

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Hendrick Motorsports was able to achieve something that only Roush Fenway Racing had achieved in 60 years of NASCAR Cup racing: field the first four finishers in a race. Some fans, however, may remember another team in recent years almost marking the same accomplishment. In September 2019, Joe Gibbs Racing entered Richmond Raceway having won …

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Entry List: 2021 Echopark Texas Grand Prix

Chase Elliott practices at COTA

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

The NASCAR Cup Series’ inaugural race at Circuit of the Americas will feature 40 entries, meaning all will qualify, barring any entry list changes. The three open teams joining Ryan Preece’s full-time No. 37 in the field include the No. 16 for AJ Allmendinger, Austin Cindric’s No. 33 and Ty Dillon in the No. 96. …

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Zach’s Turn: Josh Berry Turns in Quiet Cup Debut at Dover

2021 Cup Dover Josh Berry, No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet (Credit: NKP)

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Josh Berry had no intentions of making a NASCAR Cup Series start in 2021. Sometimes, fate doesn’t care about intentions. Berry was thrust into the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet and made his Cup Series debut Sunday (May 16) in the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway, turning in a quiet 30th-place run. Filling in …

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Stock Car Scoop: How Did Hendrick Motorsports Finish 1-2-3-4 at Dover?

Alex Bowman and William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports chat at Daytona International Speedway (February 2021). (Photo: NKP)

#48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally and #24: William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Axalta

The NASCAR Cup Series traveled to Dover International Speedway Sunday (May 16), where Alex Bowman led a historic Hendrick Motorsports 1-2-3-4 sweep in the 2021 Drydene 400. It’s the first time in the organization’s 37-year history they’ve swept the top four spots in a Cup race. What helped the organization trounce the rest of the …

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