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NASCAR Mailbox: Racetrack Vibes Are Slowly Getting Back to Normal

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With more tracks opening at 100% capacity, is this a sign that normality is on the horizon for the racetrack experience? — Peter B., Dover, Del. Speaking from personal experience this past weekend, I can wholeheartedly tell you the answer is a resounding yes. I’ve covered a handful of races during the COVID-19 pandemic, mostly …

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Hendrick Motorsports Dominates Dover, Sweeps Top 4 Positions

Kyle Larson leads the field in the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway, May 2021.

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Last week at Darlington Raceway was, as Martin Truex Jr. put it, an ass-whooping. Sunday’s Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway was more of the same–just by an entire organization. Alex Bowman earned his second victory of the season, fourth of his career and first at Dover, leading the charge for Hendrick Motorsports who finished …

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Podcast: Martin Truex Jr. Talks Darlington Dominance, Low Downforce Package

Martin Truex Jr. Darlington 1 2021

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A huge week on the podcast, as Darlington winner Martin Truex Jr. stops by to discuss his dominant performance, leading 248 of 293 laps at The Track Too Tough To Tame. Truex and Davey Segal chat about his admiration for the lower downforce package, why he thrives with it and whether or not he’s worried …

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NASCAR Mailbox: It’s Time to Pay More Attention to William Byron

William Byron walks the pits at Kansas Speedway, May 2021. (Photo: NKP)

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William Byron is quietly having one of the best seasons to date in the NASCAR Cup Series. Is he a legit championship contender right now? – Kyle U., Lincoln, Nebraska In a word: yes. Byron has 10 straight top-10 finishes this season, breaking Jeff Gordon’s previous record in the same numbered car at the same …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Tyler Reddick Talks Playoff Chase, Fatherhood; Darlington Throwback Preview with Steve Waid

Tyler Reddick stands next to his car at 2021 spring Kansas Cup race NKP

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In his second full-time season at the Cup Series level, Tyler Reddick is getting comfortable with Richard Childress Racing as he hunts for a playoff spot. He joins Davey Segal on the podcast this week to discuss his season to date, hunting for a playoff spot and how the Chevrolet engine program has improved with …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Tire Seen ‘Round the World (or Infield) at Kansas

Does NASCAR legitimately think they did the right thing by throwing the yellow for that tire sitting on the edge of the infield? What a joke. — Louis K., Reno, Nevada Full disclosure: I was with you, Louis, as it was going down. I thought it was blatant race manipulation and so infuriating to let …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Michael McDowell on 2021 Success, Brad Keselowski Enters Elite Dega Company

Michael McDowell poses with his Daytona 500 trophy. Photo NKP

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Fresh off a top-five finish at Talladega Superspeedway, 2021 Daytona 500 champion Michael McDowell joins host Davey Segal this week to chat about his season to date with Front Row Motorsports and why his mentality at Dega was changed thanks to his win at Daytona. Plus, why his run at Homestead-Miami Speedway was more surprising …

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NASCAR Mailbox: How Important Is Kansas for Stewart-Haas Racing?

#41: Cole Custer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang HaasTooling.com, #14: Chase Briscoe, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Rush Truck Centers

Where does Brad Keselowski line up in the pantheon of superspeedway racers all-time? – Uriah O., Rochester Hills, Michigan He’s on the Mount Rushmore for me, that’s for sure. I never was able to see Dale Earnhardt Sr. work his Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway magic (10 and three wins, respectively), but I’ve seen …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Chris Rice on Positivity at Kaulig, Alex Bowman Steals One in Richmond

2016 Xfinity Phoenix Kaulig Racing President Chris Rice (Credit: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

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Nobody is as positive about life as Chris Rice. He also happens to be running a race team, which also is infused with positivity. The Kaulig Racing team president joins Frontstretch‘s Davey Segal this week to chat about how the team has been performing almost three months into the season, why he attacks everything with …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Why Can’t Jennifer Jo Cobb Race at Talladega?

#10: Jennifer Jo Cobb, Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing, Chevrolet Silverado Fastener Supply Company

Why did NASCAR not approve Jennifer Jo Cobb to race in the Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend? I know they put out their reasoning, but I still think it’s a bit unfair. – Shiela P., Little Rock, Arkansas For those who don’t know NASCAR’s reasoning, here it is. Jennifer Jo Cobb not approved …

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