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

Kurt Busch and Michael McDowell standing before 2021 Homestead Cup race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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

2021 Xfinity Homestead Myatt Snider, No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Burnout (Credit: NKP)

Credit: NKP

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

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)

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

2021 Homestead Cup Chase Elliott Kyle Busch Racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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Here Are the NASCAR Drivers Past & Present Currently Entered at Bristol Dirt Nationals

Kyle Larson face at the 2021 Daytona 500

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s March, which means the inaugural Bristol Motor Speedway dirt races for the NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck series are upon us later this month. Before both series hit the track, Bristol will host the Bristol Dirt Nationals, a multi-day slate of events featuring some of the best dirt racers in the country. As …

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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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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Couch Potato Tuesday: Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch Work Well Together for FOX Sports at Homestead

NASCAR Cup Series action in the 2021 Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Homestead is a very interesting place. For many years, it served as NASCAR’s season finale weekend. It’s an intriguing venue with many different lines for drivers. However, NASCAR decided to go in a different direction and move the season finale to Phoenix. For 2021, Homestead was supposed to be the second week of the season, …

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5 Points to Ponder: Myatt Snider’s NASCAR Moment

Myatt Snider celebrates winning at Homestead Miami Speedway February 2021 (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

ONE: It Gets Late Early Out Here The great Hall of Fame Yankee catcher and 13-time World Series Champion Yogi Berra once quipped “it gets late early out here,” and it’s a Yogi-ism (as his many impromptu lines were known) that fits well with the current playoff picture. It would be fair to say there …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Trackhouse Racing Taking NASCAR by Storm

William Byron and the No. 24 team celebrate winning at Homestead-Miami Speedway, February 2021 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Any interesting story isn’t complete without a good surprise or two. The NASCAR Cup Series has been racing in Florida for better than three weeks, and I don’t think it’s possible for the three trophies to be going back to North Carolina with a more unexpected trio of drivers. But the statistics would support the …

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Beside the Rising Tide: A Few for the Road

Martin Truex Jr. spins on the Daytona road course February 2021 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last week, we discussed the curious phenomenon of suddenly disappearing swaths of NASCAR fans. NASCAR is apparently aware of and somewhat alarmed by this trend. A tiny little virus with a kick like a mule is making this a difficult time to maintain the status quo, much less overhaul the way a business entity goes …

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