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Dropping the Hammer: Ty Dillon on His ‘Wild’ Year, GMS Racing & Athlete Mental Health

Ty Dillon with GMS Racing

(Photo by Bob Leverone/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

Ty Dillon‘s 2021 NASCAR season has been, using his own words, “wild.” This was encapsulated on Oct. 9 as he prepared for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. “Part of my routine is going on pit road and looking at our pit stall and pit sign,” Dillon told Frontstretch. “It …

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

Bowman Gray Stadium

(Sara D. Davis/NASCAR)

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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Dropping the Hammer: More Reasons Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega Win Is a Big Deal

Bubba Wallace at Talladega

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Where do you even begin? Let’s start with 4:27 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 4. With rain coming down and more to come, NASCAR declared the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway over, three laps from the conclusion of stage 2. In that moment, while sitting on 23XI Racing’s pit box, Bubba Wallace became the 198th …

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Dropping the Hammer: The Next (Best?) Hope For Daniel Hemric

Daniel Hemric

#18: Daniel Hemric, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra Poppy Bank

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Daniel Hemric will drive for a new race team next season. Last week brought the news that for the third consecutive season, the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year will pick up stakes and migrate to another NASCAR Xfinity Series team. After stints with JR Motorsports …

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Dropping The Hammer: AJ Allmendinger Has ‘Nothing To Lose’

AJ Allmendinger at Bristol Motor Speedway

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AJ Allmendinger did not have the best car. On Friday night (Sept. 17) at Bristol Motor Speedway, the 39-year-old estimates he had at best a fourth-place Kaulig Racing machine. He didn’t lead a single lap around the half-mile track during regulation of the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ regular-season finale. Then came overtime. Over the final two …

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Dropping The Hammer: NASCAR Cup Drivers React to Largest Next Gen Car Test Yet

NASCAR Next Gen Car at Daytona

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Five months before its official debut, the club of NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have gotten a crack at the Next Gen car grew last week. For two days at Daytona International Speedway, eight drivers took part in what was primarily a Goodyear Tire test at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. The group was a combination of …

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Dropping the Hammer: Staying Young With Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr at Talladega

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For one day a year, either on a Friday night or a Saturday afternoon, I get to be 13 years old again. Normally, that wouldn’t be a positive. Being 13, at least as a seventh grader in 2004, sucked. I don’t think you need me to tell you about the horrors of middle school. However, …

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Dropping the Hammer: Michael McDowell Uncertain of 2022 Plans Despite Daytona Win

Michael McDowell and Bubba Wallace (Credit: NKP)

Michael McDowell raced with Bubba Wallace in 2021. Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

It’s mid-August and Michael McDowell doesn’t yet know his plans for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. But that’s typical for McDowell. Every season he’s competed in the Cup Series, including his time with Front Row Motorsports which began in 2018,  McDowell has been on a year-to-year deal. But in previous years, McDowell wasn’t the …

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Dropping the Hammer: COVID Again Looms Over NASCAR

Kyle Larson at Watkins Glen

Kyle Larson signs autographs for fans at Watkins Glen (Davey Segal)

Things were going so well. The world was returning to a vaguely defined “normal.” After not attending a NASCAR race as a member of the press in 18 months, after getting vaccinated as soon as it was available to my age demographic, I got to cover the June race weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. No masks. …

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