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5 Points to Ponder: Chasing the W

Denny Hamlin prepares to climb into his NASCAR racecar at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. Chasing the W In the end, after leading a race-best 276 laps, Denny Hamlin had to settle for another third place finish — his fourth of the year — at Martinsville this past weekend. The result was Hamlin’s seventh top five in eight attempts, with his other finish still being an 11th-place run that …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s This Year’s Most Surprising Non-Winner So Far?

Chase Elliott featured racing ahead of the pack at spring Atlanta Cup race 2021 NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

No shortage of surprise NASCAR Cup Series winners so far in 2021, but who are you most surprised hasn’t won a Cup race in 2021? Luken Glover: An easy answer would be Kevin Harvick due to the lack of speed and dominance that we’ve seen from him the past three years. However, Denny Hamlin is …

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JR Hildebrand Running AJ Foyt Tribute in Indy 500

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

JR Hildebrand will compete in this year’s Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, AJ Foyt Racing announced April 8. He will pilot the No. 1 Chevrolet with sponsorship from ABC Supply. In honor of the 60th anniversary of Foyt’s triumph in the Indianapolis 500, the No. 1 will feature a throwback paint scheme. “This livery …

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XPEL Expands Sponsorship of Josef Newgarden

IndyCar Newgarden Harvest GP win

Josef Newgarden celebrates his Harvest Grand Prix victory. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

XPEL will sponsor Josef Newgarden in three races in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season, Team Penske announced April 7. The company first teamed up with Penske and Newgarden last year in two events. This time, it will be on board for the Texas Motor Speedway doubleheader on May 1-2 as well as the Indianapolis …

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Santino Ferrucci Running Indy 500 for Rahal, Hy-Vee Added as Sponsor

Santino Ferrucci in the pits at Homestead, 2/27/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Santino Ferrucci will return to the NTT IndyCar Series at the 2021 Indianapolis 500. Ferrucci will pilot the No. 45 for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, RLL announced April 5. The No. 45 will carry sponsorship from Hy-Vee. “I am excited to be competing in the Indianapolis 500 with Hy-Vee and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” Ferrucci …

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Scott McLaughlin Wins Virtual Sebring; Alex Palou, RC Enerson Sprint to 2nd

Scott McLaughlin wins virtual Sebring in IndyCar iRacing Challenge Justin Melillo via iRacing

(Photo: Justin Melillo via iRacing)

Scott McLaughlin pulled off a daring pass on Alex Palou late in Thursday’s IndyCar iRacing Challenge finale at Sebring to take the lead, and eventually the win.  The victory was McLaughlin’s third in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge after wins at Barber Motorsports Park and Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year. He was also 2020’s champion in …

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Sage Karam’s Fuel Strategy Propels Him to Win in IndyCar iRacing Challenge at Homestead

(Photo: Justin Melillo)

Sage Karam played the fuel strategy game perfectly, saving just enough to do burnouts after the IndyCar iRacing Challenge event at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 25. “We did it,” Karam said after the race. “That was crazy, literally saving from the beginning and we saved enough fuel to do donuts.” For much of …

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Alex Palou Dominates IndyCar iRacing Race at Montreal

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Alex Palou dominated the first event of the NTT IndyCar iRacing Challenge, leading a race-high amount of laps en route to winning at virtual Circuit Gilles Villeneuve March 18. Braden Eves finished second. Scott McLaughlin, James Davison and Sage Karam rounded out the top five. Palou completed his rookie NTT IndyCar Series season last year, finishing …

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Top Motorsports Champions of All Time

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Editor’s Note: This article on motorsports champions is posted in collaboration with an outside sponsorship client. The opinions and information contained within do not necessarily represent Frontstretch and its staff.  People from all over the world get together every single year to watch their favorite racers attempt to win motorsports championships. Whether fans are engaging …

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