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Dropping the Hammer: The Next Gen Car vs. the Internet

NASCAR Next Gen car

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On Monday morning (July 19), NASCAR alerted media members about the state of the Next Gen car. Following a review of data from a June 30 crash test at Talladega Superspeedway, an independent safety panel has given the Cup Series’ new car for 2022 a clean bill of health. According to NBC Sports, NASCAR told …

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Dropping the Hammer: Appreciating the Reliability of Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch at Atlanta

HAMPTON, GEORGIA - JULY 11: <>during the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 11, 2021 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The more NASCAR has changed over the last 20 years, the more Kurt Busch has adapted and found ways to win. A new points format? Busch won the first championship of the playoff era in 2004. A new kind of car? Busch has won in every generation of car he’s competed in as a full-time …

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Dropping the Hammer: Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Catch-22

NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speeday

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

I hold these three truths to be self-evident. (It’s still 4th of July week, cut me some slack). First, Atlanta Motor Speedway should have been repaved a long time ago. When Speedway Motorsports Inc., chickened out of giving the 1.54-mile track a makeover in 2017,  at the behest of a multitude of NASCAR drivers, it …

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Dropping the Hammer: Road America’s 65-Year Cup Series Drought Ends

NASCAR at Road America

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After decades of waiting, Road America’s time has arrived. The four-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis., will finally be graced by the presence of the top racing circuit in North America: the NASCAR Cup Series. Sunday, July 4’s inaugural … Hold on. *touches ear* We’re just receiving some new information into the newsroom. Sunday …

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Dropping the Hammer: The 100(ish) Xfinity Bows of Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch bows after winning 2021 Kansas spring Cup race James Gilbert Getty

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Not taking into account what could happen next month at Road America and Atlanta Motor Speedway, one thing is finally clear: The NASCAR Xfinity Series’ long national Kyle Busch nightmare is over. Definitely. Probably. Let’s play it by ear? Four years ago after a win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (his 89th in the Xfinity …

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NASCAR and #BlackLivesMatter, 1 Year Later: Part 1

Bubba Wallace at Atlanta Motor Speedway supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bubba Wallace before the June 7, 2020 NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

“I still contend that our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay.” — Martin Luther King Jr., 1968 During June 2020, nothing happened and everything happened all at once. On June 1 the U.S. death toll in the COVID-19 pandemic, which claimed the lives of 345,000 Americans by the end …

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

Ross Chastain at COTA

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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Dropping the Hammer: We’re Talking About Practice, Man

Kyle Busch at COTA

(Photo: Speedway Motorsports)

Brace yourself. For a limited summer engagement, things are going back to “normal” in NASCAR land. In a confluence of events — the rapid lifting of COVID-19 attendance restrictions and how NASCAR’s 2021 schedule is laid out — four of the next six points paying NASCAR Cup race weekends will feel like they’re happening in …

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Dropping the Hammer: Consistency About to Get Harder for Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin at Darlington

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For all intents and purposes, Denny Hamlin had a quiet Sunday (May 9) at Darlington Raceway. But it wasn’t a bad day, at least from an outsider’s perspective. After starting fourth, Hamlin and the No. 11 team placed second in stage one and fourth in stage two before finishing fifth. Hamlin left South Carolina with …

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Dropping the Hammer: William Byron Racing for Mother After Her Brain Tumor Diagnosis

William Byron

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

At first, William Byron wasn’t sure if he would even share the news with his race team, let alone the rest of the world. But on Tuesday (May 4), the Hendrick Motorsports driver informed the public about what his family has been dealing with for the last month. His mother, Dana, has been diagnosed with …

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Dropping the Hammer: NASCAR Says ‘No’ to Being Part of Voting Rights Debate

Daniel McFadin Dropping the Hammer

Graphic by James Crow

On June 7, 2020 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, NASCAR President Steve Phelps made one of the most important public statements ever made by a NASCAR official, especially for one not named France. With a field of cars sitting in front of empty grandstands due to an international pandemic and some 13 days after George Floyd …

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Dropping the Hammer: Chevrolet Seeing Benefits of GM Overhaul

Alex Bowman and Austin Dillon at Richmond

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Dr. Eric Warren, the director of NASCAR programs at General Motors, had plenty of reasons to be happy on Monday (April 19). The previous day, Alex Bowman and his No. 48 Chevrolet capitalized on a late caution to swoop in and capture the win in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway. Hendrick Motorsports …

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