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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 13: For Better or Worse, the Bristol Dirt Race Is Today’s NASCAR

ARCA cars race in a blur at Bristol Motor Speedway

(Photo: ARCA Racing)

There’s an irony that the week prior to the Bristol Dirt Race, the week prior to NASCAR taking its most tangible steps “back to its roots” since returning the Southern 500 to its rightful home in 2015, that one of the controversies leaving Atlanta involved artificial turf.  I didn’t watch any of the weekend’s races …

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2-Headed Monster: Will Kevin Harvick Win a Race in 2021?

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#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Jimmy John's

The 2021 season has been a season of parity so far. Through six races we’ve had six different winners and some you may not have guessed. There have been some surprises along the way, with perhaps the biggest surprise being that Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team have failed to lead a …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Gearing Up for the Inaugural Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This weekend, the Camping World Truck Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway, but this time, it’s for a complete unknown. Instead of the traditional 0.533-mile concrete surface, officials have trucked in “23,000 cubic yards of dirt,” according to Speedway Motorsports, Inc. vice president of operations and development Steve Swift. From 2013 through 2019, the Truck …

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Bad Boys Getting Dirty at Dirt-Covered Bristol Motor Speedway

Noah Gragson at 2021 Xfinity race at Daytona Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s that time of the month that the old-timer, long-time NASCAR writer and observer stops by to share some words of wisdom with you. While I will never get used to stage racing and having playoffs in my favorite sport, I am thrilled that not as many drivers and crew guys get hurt as back …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Can Josh Berry Take Advantage at JR Motorsports?

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There’s an overused observation that for every driver that has risen up from the short-track ranks, having gotten the big break at the right time, there are thousands of other kings of their short-track kingdoms whose accolades are mostly limited to those bullrings. For example, while Joey Logano, David Ragan and Reed Sorenson got their …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Team Orders Creeping Into 2021

2021 Trucks Atlanta Kyle Busch, No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, Burnout (Credit: NKP)

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Did You Notice? … The way in which teammates helped each other out at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend (March 20-21)? The most obvious example came in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where Kyle Busch twice slowed down in the final laps of a stage to let John Hunter Nemechek pass by and win. In …

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Bill Lester Discusses Truck Series Return, NASCAR’s Steps Toward Inclusion

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After nearly 14 years away from NASCAR, Camping World Truck Series veteran Bill Lester returned to competition on Saturday (March 20) for the Truck race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Although he started 31st and finished 36th, he was one of the weekend’s biggest stories after revealing just weeks prior that he would be hopping back …

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Covering the Grid for the Formula 1 Opener Bahrain Grand Prix

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Williams Racing with new livery in Bahrain (credit: FIA images)

The Formula 1 season will go lights out this weekend, this year starting in the unusual location of Bahrain. With the exception of three years – 2006, 2010, and 2020 – Australia’s Albert Park has hosted the inaugural race since 1996. The switch to Bahrain Grand Prix for 2021 comes on the heels of last …

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Stock Car Scoop: Why Was Timmy Hill Excluded From eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series?

Timmy Hill beats Ryan Preece on 2020 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at Texas Photo NASCAR Media

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The entry list for the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track was released on March 23. But there was one name missing from the roster: Timmy Hill, winner of the series’ race at virtual Texas Motor Speedway last year. Why was Hill not included on the list of …

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NASCAR Mailbox: How Long Can Atlanta Wait to Repave?

Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney lead the NASCAR Cup Series action at Atlanta Motor Speedway, March 2021. Photo: NKP

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If there’s another first-time winner this season, who will it be and why do you think so? – Bart B., Clarksville, GA The possibilities are (almost) endless. The first names that come to mind are Tyler Reddick and Bubba Wallace. Seeing that Chase Briscoe and Stewart-Haas Racing clearly have a lot of work left to …

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