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Are ARCA Penalties Too Harsh or Too Lenient?

2021 ARCA Winchester Wreck Nick Sanchez, No. 2 Rev Racing Chevrolet (Credit: Emilee Chinn/ARCA Racing used with permission)

Photo: Emilee Chinn/ARCA Racing used with permission

While Ty Gibbs and Corey Heim have been the class of the field this ARCA Menards Series season, there have been some shenanigans behind them, both on and off the track. They began with preseason testing at Daytona International Speedway and reared their head in the most recent ARCA race at Bristol Motor Speedway. However, …

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Chandler Smith Wins Truck Series at Bristol, Advances to Playoffs Round of 8

Chandler Smith burnout after winning Bristol NASCAR Truck race, fall 2021, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In a seemingly must-win situation, Chandler Smith had the restart of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career Thursday night (Sept. 16). On the final restart with six laps remaining, he drove aggressively to pass Sheldon Creed, who won both stages and dominated the race, to win the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. It’s …

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Ty Gibbs Dominates, Wins ARCA Race at Bristol

2021 ARCA Bristol Ty Gibbs (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

For the 10th time this ARCA Menards Series season, Ty Gibbs drove the No. 18 Toyota to victory lane. He dominated the Bush’s Beans 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, winning the race after nabbing the pole earlier Thursday (Sept. 16). Gibbs controlled the race, leading the majority of the laps, despite nine cautions in the …

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Bootie Barker Named Bubba Wallace’s New Crew Chief for Rest of 2021

bubba wallace car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Bubba Wallace will have a fresh face atop his No. 23 pit box for the remainder of this NASCAR Cup Series season. Bootie Barker has been named the crew chief, beginning with the upcoming race at Bristol Motor Speedway, 23XI Racing announced Thursday (Sept. 16). Wallace’s former crew chief Mike Wheeler has been elevated to …

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Ty Gibbs Nabs Bristol ARCA Pole

2021 ARCA Bristol Qualifying Ty Gibbs Pole (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s a Joe Gibbs Racing front row for the Bush’s Beans 200 tonight (Sept. 16) at Bristol Motor Speedway. Ty Gibbs won the pole with his teammate Sammy Smith starting second in the ARCA Menards Series and ARCA Menards Series East combination race. Gibbs has two second-place finishes in his two starts at Bristol. It’s …

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Lance Stroll, Sebastian Vettel Returning to Aston Martin

Sebastian vettel

(credit: FIA Images)

The driver lineup for Aston Martin will remain the same next year, the team announced Thursday (Sept. 16). Both Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel will continue to drive for the organization in Formula 1. “Next season I will be embarking on my sixth year in Formula One, alongside my team-mate Sebastian,” Stroll said in a …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 Bush Bean’s 200 at Bristol

2020 ARCA Bristol Pack Racing Sam Mayer, No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet, and Ty Gibbs, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

The ARCA Menards Series begins the four-race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway with the Bush’s Beans 200 on Thursday (Sept. 16), and this race ought to be an exciting one. As the final combination race for ARCA and the ARCA Menards Series East, the East series champion will be decided. Also, there are only three …

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Colby Howard Joins McAnally-Hilgemann for 2022

Colby Howard

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

McAnally-Hilgemann Racing has grand plans for the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. The team intends to expand from one entry to two and tabbed Colby Howard to pilot one of its entries next year, it announced Sept. 9. Sponsorship, crew chief, and the truck number were not disclosed in the announcement. “We’re pleased …

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Do ARCA Drivers Want Live Pit Stops, Preset Breaks?

2021 ARCA Berlin Pit Daniel Dye, No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet (Credit: Mark Kristl)

Photo: Mark Kristl

As the ARCA Menards Series competitors dredged through a messy Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Sunday night (Sept. 5), only six cars finished the race with only four on the lead lap. To add insult to injury, excluding any contingencies, race winner Landen Lewis only won a base purse of $6,000. …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Busch Clash Move to LA Coliseum?

#21: Matt DiBenedetto, Wood Brothers Racing, Ford Mustang Motorcraft/Quick Lane

Reportedly, NASCAR is considering moving the exhibition Busch Clash from Daytona International Speedway to the Los Angeles Coliseum for 2022. The event has traditionally opened Speedweeks at Daytona, which culminates with the Daytona 500. The move would follow NASCAR changing the Clash from Daytona’s superspeedway to the road course in 2021. While this potential move …

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