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Trey Poole Filling In As Chase Elliott’s Spotter

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Trey Poole will serve as Chase Elliott‘s spotter this weekend in the NASCAR Cup Series, according to NASCAR’s roster portal. Poole will sit atop the spotter’s stand at Charlotte Motor Speedway while filling the role vacated by Eddie D’Hondt, who was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR May 26. Poole, who is Elliott’s cousin, has previously assisted …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Corey LaJoie on COTA Visibility, Progression With Spire

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Fresh off a wet and wild race at Circuit of the Americas, Corey LaJoie joins Davey Segal to discuss NASCAR’s inaugural race weekend at the Austin, Texas road course, what conditions were like in the driver’s seat and how he made it to the end with no defogger or windshield wiper. Plus, he gives his …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Return to Circuit of the Americas?

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Despite the rain, NASCAR successfully ran practice, qualifying, and all three races in its inaugural race weekend at Circuit of the Americas. The Camping World Truck Series race was won by Todd Gilliland, the Xfinity Series race was won by Kyle Busch and the Cup Series race was won by Chase Elliott. Yet the weekend featured …

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Chase Elliott Spotter Eddie D’Hondt Suspended After Arrest For Alleged Assault of Pregnant Woman

Eddie D'Hondt at Martinsville Speedway in 2018. (Photo: NKP)

Eddie D'Hondt, Chase Elliott's spotter, on the spotter's stand at Martinsville Speedway. (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

UPDATE: NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports have both suspended Eddie D’Hondt indefinitely. Hendrick announced its suspension first in a statement Wednesday morning. “We became aware of the situation this morning and have immediately and indefinitely suspended Mr. D’Hondt’s role with our company. We are taking this matter very seriously and will continue to seek additional information …

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Did You Notice?: 2021 NASCAR Midseason Awards

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It’s hard to believe, but we’re already over halfway through NASCAR’s 26-race regular season in the Cup Series. 2021 has given us a little bit of everything: Cinderella stories (Michael McDowell’s Daytona 500 win), parity at the top (11 winners in 14 races) and a whole lot of Mother Nature raining on NASCAR’s parade (see: …

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Corey LaJoie on Spire Motorsports, His Future & Rebounding After Sluggish Results

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Corey LaJoie‘s year has not started the way he hoped. Halfway through the regular season, LaJoie sits 30th in points with a lone top-10 in the Daytona 500 and two top-20 finishes, the only other coming at Circuit of the Americas on Sunday [May 23], where he also scored stage points by finishing fifth in …

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Frontstretch 5: Other Road Courses That Could Host a NASCAR Event

A gaggle of NASCAR Cup cars come around and enter a turn at Circuit of the Americas in 2021

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This past weekend, NASCAR’s top three series were the subject of a bizarre but memorable inaugural weekend at the 3.4-mile-long Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. COTA has become the latest example of NASCAR’s newfound “road course craze,” which constitutes a plethora of new road courses added to NASCAR’s schedule in recent years. The …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is Kaz Grala an Underrated Young Prospect?

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What does the future look like for Kaz Grala? He’s consistently performed in whatever equipment he’s put in and seems to have a bright future ahead of him. – Doug K., Charlottesville, Va. If I’m a NASCAR Cup Series owner (I’m not, just for clarity here), Grala would be on my short list of candidates …

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Waid’s World: Charlotte Motor Speedway Is Product of a Visionary & ‘The P.T. Barnum of Racing’

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Early in my motorsports career, I used to confuse Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Howard A. “Humpy” Wheeler with NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Cale Yarborough. Sounds ridiculous, I know. But consider this: They were about the same height, had similar stocky builds and sandy blonde hair. At a function where both wore suits and ties, I …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports 1 Handles the Texas Rain While Andy Lally Shines

Kyle Larson leads a pack of cars in the Echopark Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas, May 2021. Photo: NKP

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I’ll fully admit that when NASCAR announced that there was going to be a race weekend at Circuit of the Americas this year, I was very intrigued. I wanted to get some kind of a comparison of speed between NASCAR Cup cars and some of the other series that race there.  If you’re wondering, Tyler …

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5 Points to Ponder: Do You Need to See Where You’re Going to Race in NASCAR?

Kurt Busch races in the rain during the NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas (May 2021). (Photo: NKP)

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1. COTA was pretty fun … except when no NASCAR driver could see anything It’s not clear how anyone at NASCAR can make a solid determination about whether the national series should return to Circuit of the Americas in 2021. On paper, COTA seemed like it would make for an amazing addition to the NASCAR …

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Dropping the Hammer: Ross Chastain on Smashing Watermelons, Breaking Bad Habits

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Ross Chastain on track at COTA (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

No one was more surprised to run in the top five on a road course in the middle of a downpour, let alone finish there, than Ross Chastain. “I watched everything back when I got home last night,” Chastain told Frontstretch Monday (May 24) after he finished fourth in Sunday’s inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race …

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