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Pole-Sitter Denny Hamlin Among Drivers Starting From Rear at Homestead

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Pole-sitter Denny Hamlin is among the four drivers who will start from the rear for today’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (3:48 p.m. ET green flag on Fox). Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota was a late add to the list due to unapproved adjustments. Hamlin is the defending winner at Homestead. Also starting from …

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Stock Car Scoop: Homestead-Miami Speedway Previews

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Frontstretch‘s Bryan Nolen previews the NASCAR Xfinity and Cup series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway and gets you up to date on the start times of all three races, stage lengths, starting lineups and more. Nolen will also recap you on the Camping World Truck Series race from a week ago and get you ready for …

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A Refresher on the Choose Rule

Martin Truex Jr. and Alex Bowman approach Choose V Box Rule in 2020 All Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

(Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Guess what’s back, back again? The choose rule’s back, tell a friend. As the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series make their annual trek to Homestead-Miami Speedway, it welcomes the return of the choose rule. First used in last year’s All Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, it was later added to racing procedures in August. …

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Reel Racing: A Conversation with Michael Waltrip on 2019’s ‘Blink of an Eye’

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In 2019, the documentary Blink of an Eye premiered via Fathom Events in theaters around the country. Chronicling the career of Michael Waltrip and the fateful events of the 2001 Daytona 500, the one-night-only Sept. 12 showing gave way to a widespread release on streaming. Waltrip’s 0-for-462 winless streak in the NASCAR Cup Series came to …

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Fire on Fridays: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Bristol on Dirt

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last fall marked the announcement of the NASCAR Cup Series’ 2021 return to dirt in after many, many decades away. And I didn’t know how to feel. Which was weird. By all accounts, it should have felt like a homerun. NASCAR’s seven-season foray into dirt in the Camping World Truck Series at Eldora Speedway seemed …

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Friday Faceoff: How Many Road Courses Is Too Many?

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(photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Does the NASCAR Cup Series schedule feature too many road courses? What is the ideal number? Luken Glover: Yes. Road courses can present great racing, but there are a lot of times when they are uneventful races too. Sometimes they can be wreckfests, like we saw in all three series in some capacity at the …

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NASCAR 101: States That Have Never Produced a Cup Winner

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After conquering the Daytona International Speedway road course last weekend, Christopher Bell became the first driver from Oklahoma to win a NASCAR Cup Series race. Now, 35 U.S. states can boast that they have produced a Cup winner, a far cry from NASCAR’s early years when nearly every driver hailed from the Southeast. NASCAR has …

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4 Burning Questions: Should Commentators Own Teams in the Series They Cover?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Should commentators be involved with racing teams in the series they cover? We just can’t have nice things, apparently. Steve Letarte, a former race-winning crew chief for Hendrick Motorsports, took a job this offseason as a consultant for Spire Motorsports. This might be just a little bit of a problem, because Letarte is also a …

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Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr. Participating in COTA Tire Test

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In preparation for the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas, Cup drivers Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. will test Goodyear tires at the 3.41-mile road course, NASCAR announced Feb. 25. The March 2 session is not open to the public. The three drivers represent the three Cup manufacturers; …

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Darlington Allowing Limited Fan Attendance for 2021

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Darlington Raceway will have limited fan attendance for its May 7-9 race weekend, track officials announced Feb. 25. The track will host all three national NASCAR series on the new throwback race event. The exact attendance amount was not specified in the release. “As we launch the new spring dates for the official throwback weekend …

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