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4 Burning Questions: Finally, the Rock Has Come Back?

Rockingham Speedway

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Are two dead racetracks returning to NASCAR? This week, it was revealed by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper that a portion of the American Relief Plan allocated to the state, $30 million in total, would be awarded to three racetracks located in the state: Rockingham Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and, surprisingly, North Wilkesboro Speedway. There …

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NASCAR 101: Analyzing the Circuit of the Americas With Tyler Reddick

Kyle Busch at COTA

(Photo: Speedway Motorsports, CMS & Harold Hinson Photography)

After opening in Oct. 21, 2012, Circuit of the Americas, or COTA, adds to its motorsports history when it hosts its inaugural NASCAR race weekend May 22-23, 2021. As the third-largest track on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, trailing the 4.048-mile Road America road course and Daytona International Speedway’s 3.61-mile road course layout, the 3.41-mile, …

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Fire on Fridays: Where’d All These New Guys Come From?

Spencer Pumpelly 2019 Long Beach

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Before the 2021 NASCAR season even began, this column pointed out the possibility of a proliferation of newcomers on the national level based on the then-newly released Daytona International Speedway entry lists plus some of the already-announced driver lineups for the coming weeks. But I don’t know if anyone expected this. This weekend, all three …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Change the Number Placements?

Chase Elliott car All Star Race Bristol NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Brad Keselowski is reportedly considering joining Roush Fenway Racing with a potential ownership stake. Would it be a good move? Luken Glover: It is hard to see Brad Keselowski leave Team Penske. If he wants immediate results for the next couple of years, Penske is the place to stay. However, a couple of factors could play …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Address Pre-Race Inspection Failures with Harsher Penalties?

Chase Elliott Dover 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This past weekend at Dover International Speedway, Chase Elliott‘s No. 9 Chevrolet once again failed pre-race inspection. Despite the penalty of starting at the rear, Elliott dutifully drove back up through the field to score a top-four finish.. We’ve seen other teams in recent years become serial offenders for failing pre-race inspection, such as Martin …

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Eyes on Xfinity: JJ Yeley Finding Ways to Overachieve for Different Teams

JJ Yeley No. 23 car of Our Motorsports sits on the grid at 2021 Dover Xfinity race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

J.J. Yeley turned in a solid top-15 run during Saturday’s (May 15) Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway for Our Motorsports. While it was an uneventful run that saw him finish 14th, just behind teammate Brett Moffitt, there was still a part of Yeley that wasn’t satisfied. “I love to overachieve, so my goal …

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Into NASCAR’s Unknown: Road Course Winds of Change Blowing Left and Right

Chase Elliott practices at COTA

March 2, 2021: Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. ( +CMS-HHP-Harold Hinson)

A grand total of 13 weeks remain in the NASCAR Cup Series 2021 regular season. Nearly 40% of those races will be road courses. Cup drivers will be turning left right at Circuit of the Americas this Sunday (May 23), as well as at Sonoma Raceway (June 6), Road America (July 4), Watkins Glen International …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Breaking Down the New Faces for COTA

Josh Reaume

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

This weekend, the Camping World Truck Series descends on Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The purpose-built Formula 1 track will host a tripleheader with the Xfinity and NASCAR Cup series. It’s a 3.41-mile, 20-turn road course that offers multiple elevations and stunning views. The Toyota Tundra 225 will run just 42 laps with …

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ARCA Preview: Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Toledo

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(Photo: Nic Antaya/ARCA Racing)

After a three-week reprieve since its race at Kansas Speedway, the ARCA Menards Series goes short track racing with Saturday night’s (May 22) Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Toledo Speedway. Last year, Sam Mayer swept the races at this half-mile short track when it hosted two races on July 31 and August 1. However, Mayer …

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Thursday Morning Thunder: Less Is More for Weeknight Dirt Racing

2019 Las Vegas Dirt Sprint Car Keith

Photo Credit: Bryan Davis Keith, Frontstretch

One of the perks of the spring and summer dirt racing season is that there’s events nearly every night of the week. Having the World of Outlaws to enjoy from Bridgeport Motorsports Park on Tuesday night (May 18) as I did my evening workout and paid bills was a welcome treat, even if the feature …

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Did You Notice?: Winners & Losers If Brad Keselowski Buys Into Roush Fenway Racing

Brad Keselowski stands by his No. 2 Team Penske Ford at Kansas Speedway (May 2021). (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … Brad Keselowski will reportedly purchase an interest in Roush Fenway Racing? First reported by Motorsport’s Jim Utter, the deal would make the 2012 NASCAR Cup Series champion part owner and driver of the No. 6 Ford in 2022. The rumor has been around for a few weeks but public support of the story has …

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Michael McDowell Feels Like ‘Real Valued Asset’ for 1st Time With Front Row Motorsports

2021 Atlanta Cup Michael McDowell NKP

#34: Michael McDowell, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Mustang Fr8Auctions

Michael McDowell is having the best season of his career. After beginning his NASCAR Cup Series tenure with Michael Waltrip Racing, McDowell bounced between teams for a number of years before landing at Front Row Motorsports, where 2021 marks his fourth season with the Ford stable. A name that previously only sparked flashbacks of his …

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