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Kyle Larson Starting From Cup Pole at Texas

Kyle Larson smiling, wearing a blue hat and sunglasses at 2021 Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course NASCAR Cup series, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Round of 8 for the NASCAR Cup Series begins this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway on Oct. 17, and Kyle Larson will be the first to take the green flag. Larson, the winner of last weekend’s race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL and the current points leader, has collected seven wins in 2021 …

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Waid’s World: The Story of the 1st Texas Superspeedway

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Graphic: Jared Haas

If Texas World Speedway had managed to avoid the ravages of neglect and ultimate bankruptcy, it is reasonable to assume Texas Motor Speedway would never have come into existence. Created during the ascendancy of the superspeedways in the late 1960s, the first Texas track was a mammoth two-mile facility that held much promise as stock …

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Did You Notice?: 4 NASCAR Winless Drivers With 4 Races Left in 2021

Greg Zipadelli and Kevin Harvick at 2019 Michigan NASCAR Cup race, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … With four races left, there’s a handful of NASCAR drivers who won a race in 2020 that have yet to win in 2021? Just three are in the Cup Series, where a wave of parity and some upsets have produced 16 winners in the first 33 races, the most at this point …

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Dropping the Hammer: For History’s Sake, Let Fans Attend NASCAR’s Next Gen Test at Bowman Gray Stadium

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Maybe it was foreshadowing, or maybe Ben Kennedy was just stating a fact. On Sept. 15, NASCAR’s senior vice president of strategy and innovation, and member of the France family, addressed the media on the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule. He eventually touched on arguably its biggest development: The Busch Clash will be held on …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Will Low Horsepower Negatively Affect Next Gen Car?

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Many have voiced complaints about the 550-hp package on intermediate tracks, yet NASCAR is using it again for the Next Gen car. How concerning is it that the results may be the same? – Clarence P., Charlotte, N.C. This is a topic that many are going to voice their opinion about in the coming weeks …

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Gibbs, Roush, Kaulig Teams Penalized After Charlotte

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Ben Beshore has been suspended one race and fined $20,000 after Kyle Busch‘s No. 18 Toyota had two loose lug nuts after the most recent NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, NASCAR announced Oct. 12 in its post-race penalty report. Busch’s group was one of three …

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Zach’s Turn: Time to Start Holding Kevin Harvick Accountable

Chase Elliott with damage to the No. 9 car during the 2021 Bank of America ROVAL400. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kevin Harvick is one of an elite few at the top of his era in the NASCAR Cup Series, but nothing on Harvick’s resume absolves the 2014 champion of accountability. Why, then, are we so quick to dismiss his wrongdoings over the years? Sure, this column is inspired by the events that took place Sunday …

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5 Points to Ponder: Feuds, Second Chances and the Metaverse

Kevin Harvick ROVAL 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. ROVAL win might have been the most impressive yet for Kyle Larson If you picked Kyle Larson to win the Bank of America ROVAL 400 before the weekend, you weren’t exactly going out on much of a limb. Hendrick Motorsports’ brightest currently shining star (yes, sorry Chase Elliott) isn’t just having the best season …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Kyle Larson Establishes His Own Road Course Legacy

Kyle Larson does a burnout after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400, October 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The memories of Kevin Harvick spinning in a last turn, last ditch effort to make the Championship 4 a year ago were vivid in the minds of Kyle Larson fans. The Hendrick Motorsports driver came into the Round of 12 looking like a lock to advance. That all changed last week at Talladega when Larson …

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