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Thinkin’ Out Loud: First 22 Races of 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Season

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#48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally and #5: Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro HendrickCars.com

2021 NASCAR Season… What happened? Denny Hamlin leads the Cup Series points standings through the first 22 races of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, narrowly ahead of Kyle Larson. William Byron, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano round out the top five in points with four races left in the regular season. How did it …

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The Underdog House: Silly Season Scoop on NASCAR Underdogs

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#43: Erik Jones, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Petty's Garage

The Setting: Silly Season It has been two weeks since the NASCAR Cup Series last graced the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 18. The two-week break has allowed many drivers, teams and organizations to catch their breath as the grind to the playoffs returns Aug. 8 at Watkins Glen. Only four races …

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F1 Review: Esteban Ocon Awesome in Hungary; Fernando Alonso Mimics Younger Self

Esteban Ocon on track at the Hungarian Grand Prix. (Photo: FIA Images)

Esteban Ocon on track at the Hungarian Grand Prix (credit: FIA Images)

Esteban Ocon benefitted from calamity at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix and then a major gaffe by Mercedes to earn his first Formula 1 win on Sunday (Aug. 1).  Ocon, however, was not gifted the victory and was forced to hold off Sebastian Vettel for almost the entirety of the race.  Vettel appeared …

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iRacing Weekly Roundup: Summer Break? Not for Online Racing!

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Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

The top series in NASCAR are off for the Olympics for two weeks, but besides the 100% Cup Series, that doesn’t mean anything to most racing online. Many of the series that the iRacing Weekly Roundup covers are still in full force during the break. A few special events have also popped up, such as …

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Slipstream Saturday: Lewis Hamilton Takes Hungary Pole

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(Photo: Steve Etherington via Mercedes AMG F1)

Pole position is crucial at the Hungaroring; the track is often compared to Monaco with twisty corners and a lack of overtaking opportunities. And this weekend it was Lewis Hamilton who snatched the pole with a flying lap of 1:15.419.  Mercedes and Red Bull had looked pretty evenly matched throughout qualifying, but in Q3 both …

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Reel Racing: The Top 10 Racing Films of All Time

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With a week and change until NASCAR finally returns to the track after its Olympic break, racing fans might be looking for motorsports-related media to fill the gaps. In between watching everyone from Alex Morgan to Kevin Durant compete for glory in Tokyo (albeit at incredibly weird times here in the U.S.), why not catch …

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4mula Burning Questions: Grabbing the (Red) Bull By the Horns

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(Photo: Lars Baron/Getty via Red Bull Content Pool)

It’s finally over? After over 10 days of Red Bull Racing complaining about an incident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen on lap 1 of the British Grand Prix in Formula 1, this particular situation is finally over. RBR met with the stewards and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team July 29 to present new evidence …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Auto Racing Be An Olympic Sport?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/Autostock)

Harrison Burton is the latest driver to come up through the Toyota development ranks only to wind up in NASCAR Cup Series racing for a different manufacturer. Should Toyota Racing Development be making more of an effort to keep prospects? Luken Glover: Toyota has followed a motto of quality over quantity several times in the past …

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Eyes On Xfinity: A JGR ‘Star Car’ Should Include Bubba Wallace

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

We’re not even seven full months into 2021, so there’s obviously a long time between now and the start of the 2022 NASCAR season. There will obviously be some things that will be different next year. Some are known, such as the Team Penske plans to move Harrison Burton and Austin Cindric into the NASCAR …

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Thinkin’ Dirty: 2021 Don Smith Classic at Terre Haute

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Tyler Courtney and Rodney Sanders build on points leads, Logan Seavey makes Indiana Sprint Week “Seavey Week” in the Don Smith Classic and the mighty Brandon Overton is vanquished in Iowa… just barely.

NASCAR Needs to Reassert Control of Race Start Times

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(Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

There was a time when NASCAR was arguably the No. 2 sport in the United States behind football. The NFL has been the 800-pound gorilla for the better part of 40 years, but in the 1990s and 2000s, NASCAR was able to dictate when and where it did its thing, and the broadcast partners bowed …

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