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NASCAR 101: Hall-of-Fame Winners at Sonoma

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Sonoma Raceway is not a track that dates way back to the early stages of the NASCAR’s history, but that does not mean that some of the most legendary drivers in the history of the sport have not enjoyed a high level of success there. In fact, eight drivers that have been inducted into the …

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Friday Faceoff: Has Ryan Newman Had a Hall-of-Fame Career?

Ryan Newman at 2021 spring Phoenix Cup race NKP

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The Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 in the NASCAR Cup Series has just two top-five finishes since Kyle Larson’s tenure ended more than a year ago. What’s wrong at CGR, and what should be done? Josh Roller: The No. 42 with Ross Chastain behind the wheel is heading in the right direction in 2021, despite only …

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Fire on Fridays: Here’s Who Should Replace Brad Keselowski in the No. 2

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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Brad Keselowski‘s foray into NASCAR Cup Series ownership seems to be a done deal, depending on who you ask. And aside from the question of where Keselowski would fit in at Roush Fenway Racing — new car? Replacing an existing driver? — there’s also the case of his current ride, Team Penske’s No. 2. Which …

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2-Headed Monster: Hendrick Motorsports vs. Petty Enterprises – Best Team in NASCAR History?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With Kyle Larson‘s dominant performance in Sunday’s (May 30) Coca-Cola 600, Hendrick Motorsports eclipsed the 269-win record established by Petty Enterprises from 1949-1999. Both teams were the dominant forces of their respective eras, with HMS experiencing a bit of a resurgence as the team that all others have to beat each week in 2021. Two …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Memorial Day Spectacular Brings Lukewarm Action, Questionable Decisions

NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 green flag 2021 Charlotte Motor Speedway NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Memorial Day Weekend is a busy time for race teams and for many people. Typical years have big Memorial Day celebrations. A lot of those events have been wiped out because of either the COVID-19 pandemic, or by weather (nothing quite like 48 degrees for a high the day of the Indianapolis 500). For race …

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NASCAR Faces Second Straight Week of Questionable Safety Calls

Johnny Sauter at 2021 Las Vegas truck race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For the second week in a row, NASCAR had to answer questions about its safety procedures during a race, this time after the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28. Trey Hutchens III’s truck slowed on the racetrack and came to a near stop on the frontstretch in the …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Brandon Brown on Xfinity Field Depth, Best Start to His Career

2021 Charlotte NXS Brandon Brown NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Fresh off another top five, Brandon Brown joins Davey Segal this week to discuss why the 2021 season has been the best to date for Brandonbilt Motorsports, including why the Xfinity Series field’s depth makes good runs more rewarding. He also explains the challenges of obtaining a big sponsor as a smaller team, what the …

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Daytona, Martinsville, More Announce Full Capacity for Future NASCAR Events

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Six NASCAR racetracks have announced on Wednesday (June 2) that grandstands will be open to full capacity for the fall events. Michigan International Speedway and Daytona International Speedway in August, Richmond Raceway in September, Talladega Superspeedway and Martinsville Speedway in October and the Championship weekend at Phoenix Raceway in November will all be open for …

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Cole Custer Adds Autodesk Sponsorship for 6 Cup Races

Cole Custer car in 2021 cup Daytona 500 Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Autodesk is coming aboard Cole Custer’s No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford for six NASCAR Cup Series events this season, the team announced Wednesday (June 2). The company is on its fourth year of partnership with SHR and joins Custer for this weekend’s event at Sonoma Raceway. It will also be on board at the Indianapolis …

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Kyle Larson Grabs Sonoma Cup Pole

Kyle Larson No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports car at 2021 Charlotte Cup Coca-Cola 600 race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series is California dreamin’ as it makes the trip out west to Sonoma Raceway. Kyle Larson is on the pole for Sunday’s (June 6) Toyota/Save Mart 350. The No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports driver took the position after a dominant performance in the Coca-Cola 600 last Sunday. Larson’s Hendrick teammates Chase Elliott and …

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Zach’s Turn: Does NASCAR Need to Address Minimum-Speed Issues?

NASCAR Cody Ware Ryan Preece 2021 Coca-Cola 600

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The discrepancy between NASCAR’s fastest and its slowest appeared to be on full display during Sunday’s (May 30) Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As leaders like Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott stormed around the 1.5-mile racetrack, lapped cars like David Starr and Josh Bilicki seemed to be on screen getting passed — or used …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Over & Underachievers in All 3 National Series

Chris Buescher looks on at Circuit of the Americas NASCAR Cup 2021 NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who has overachieved and who has underachieved across all three NASCAR national series so far this season? – Rebecca F., Tulsa, Okla. I’ll take this series by series, as there are a lot of drivers/teams to cover with this question. Starting with the Camping World Truck Series, I’ll give a nod to Niece Motorsports’ Carson …

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