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Denny Hamlin Not Worried Following Runner-Up At Richmond: “We’re Smashing Everyone”

2021 Cup Richmond Denny Hamlin Headshot (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Another race, another dominant performance, but another win slipped through the cracks for Denny Hamlin. Following a third-place finish at Martinsville where he led 276 of 500 laps, Hamlin was passed with 10 laps to go by Alex Bowman at Richmond for the win after leading six times for 207 of 400 laps and winning …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Austin Hill Previews Richmond, Martin Truex Jr. Still Owns Martinsville

#16: Austin Hill, Hattori Racing Enterprises, Toyota Tundra United Rentals

Austin Hill joins Davey Segal this week to touch on his Camping World Truck Series season to date with Hattori Racing Enterprises, including how the Bristol Dirt weekend went and what he did in his two off weekends. He also analyzes the Truck Series field and how he balances racing against veterans and young talents, …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What’s Wrong With Ross Chastain?

#42: Ross Chastain, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Clover

What’s up with Ross Chastain? He spun out Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones this past week and doesn’t seem to be living up to expectations this year. — Rick G., Davie, Florida It’s a real shame Chastain hasn’t run better this year. An all-around nice guy who people seem to root for easily, he’s paid …

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Frontstretch Podcast: William Byron Dishes on Hendrick Resurgence Ahead of Martinsville

William Byron with crew chief Rudy Fugle before 2021 Daytona Road course Cup event Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Fresh of an off weekend, William Byron is geared up for Martinsville Speedway with a win under his belt, and joins Davey Segal this week to discuss his season to date. He explains why adding Rudy Fugle to the No. 24 team came with some familiarly, but also added pressure and how Chad Knaus’ new …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Will a JTG Daugherty Car Make the Playoffs?

JTG Daugherty Racing drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Ryan Preece talks, stands against Preece’s car at 2021 spring Las Vegas Cup race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Coming off a second-place finish on Bristol Dirt, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is solidly inside the top 15 in points (with Ryan Preece 18th as an open car). Will either JTG Daugherty Racing driver make the playoffs? – Harold C., St. Louis, Missouri This is the million-dollar question (literally) for Tad and Jodi Geschickter, as well …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Ryan Truex Helps Digest Bristol Dirt

#40: Ryan Truex, Niece Motorsports, Chevrolet Silverado Jacob Companies

Ryan Truex was one of the select few to actually participate in the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt and joins the podcast this week to discuss his run and season to date. With his older brother Martin dominating the Camping World Truck Series race and winning a stage in the NASCAR Cup Series race at …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Was Bristol Dirt a Success?

Bristol dirt track in 2021, overhead view, Jared C Tilton/Getty Images

(Photo: Jared C Tilton/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

Should this past weekend at Bristol be considered a success given all that went into it and what they had to overcome with the rain? – Hazel B., Austin, Texas Talk about a loaded question … so much to unpack with this race and so little time to do it. First, let me lay out …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Stewart & Jessica Friesen On Historical Bristol Dirt Starts

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Husband and wife Stewart Friesen and Jessica Friesen are making history this weekend, becoming the second married couple to ever compete in a NASCAR national series race when they compete at the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track on Saturday (March 27). They join Davey Segal this week to discuss why and how this specific opportunity …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Ryan Vargas On Scoring His Full-Time Xfinity Ride, MTJ Snaps Streak in Phoenix

#6: Ryan Vargas, JD Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Swann Communications

Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year contender Ryan Vargas has clawed tooth and nail for a full-time ride in NASCAR, and he got it with JD Motorsports for 2021. He joins Davey Segal this week to discuss how he’s learning on a weekly basis in the series, the opportunities he’s been presented with in his …

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NASCAR Mailbox: First Michael Jordan, Now LeBron James?

#17: Chris Buescher, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Mustang Roush Performance, #8: Tyler Reddick, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro

With LeBron James buying into the Boston Red Sox (and Fenway Sports Group), could we see him become involved with Roush Fenway Racing at all? – Anita P., Loudon, NH Let’s get this out of the way first: in no way do I think LeBron James bought into the Red Sox so he could have …

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