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Stock Car Scoop: Did Rain Ruin NASCAR COTA For Good?

Martin Truex Jr. races in the inaugural NASCAR COTA event before his big wreck. (May 2021) (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series traveled to Circuit of the Americas for the first time ever on Sunday afternoon (May 23) for the Echopark Grand Prix. The problem for the most popular stock car series in America is that the NASCAR COTA races came paired with a rainstorm that never seemed to let up all weekend. …

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Seventh-Place Finish at COTA ‘Bittersweet’ for Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell during the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas, 5/23/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Before Sunday, the 2021 NASCAR Cup season was already solidified as the best of Michael McDowell‘s career to date. That happens when you start it by claiming your first career Cup win in the Daytona 500. But 14 races into the season, McDowell hasn’t disappeared. In fact, he’s continued to put together the best campaign …

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Multi-Car Pileups Mar Rainy Stage 2 at COTA

Martin Truex Jr. races in the inaugural NASCAR COTA event before his big wreck. (May 2021) (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series’ EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas had gone smoothly for the most part, with an opening stage featuring just one caution and a couple of single-car spins here and there.  However, chaos struck four laps into stage two and again after the green flag waved. With little-to-no visibility …

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‘We Get Paid To Adapt’: NASCAR Crew Chiefs Prep for Unknowns of COTA

Daniel Hemric at COTA

Via Speedway Motorsports and HHP/Harold Hinson)

One word you don’t hear thrown around often in NASCAR is “potpourri.” But NASCAR has also never competed at the Circuit of the Americas before. That changes this weekend as all three of its national series will race on the 20-turn, 3.41-mile road course for the first time. And it has Cup Series crew chief …

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eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series: James Davison Wins on Virtual COTA

James Davison iRacing eNASCAR Circuit of the Americas COTA

(Photo: iRacing)

Taking home the victory in Wednesday night’s (May 19) eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series event at the newest track on the NASCAR schedule, Circuit of the Americas, was James Davison. “It took a lot of concentration to keep the car straight,” Davison told Fox Sports 1. “This is my wheelhouse, road-course racing. I sat on …

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North Carolina Gov. Plans $30 Million Funding for Charlotte, Rockingham, North Wilkesboro

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 07: Air Titans dry the track during a rain delay during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 7, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that he plans for $30 million of the American Rescue Plan funding to be for infrastructure repairs at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Rockingham Speedway and North Wilkesboro Speedway, according to FOX 46 News. The funds are part of the COVID-19 relief fund that President Joe Biden proposed. According to the …

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eNASCAR Coca Cola iRacing Series: DeJong Dominates in Inaugural COTA eRace

Mitchell deJong does a burnout after winning the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series at Circuit of the Americas, 5/18/2021 (Photo: iRacing)

(Photo: iRacing)

The inaugural eNASCAR Coca Cola iRacing Series event at Circuit of the Americas was held Tuesday night (May 18) for the first road course event of the season. Taking home the win was Mitchell DeJong of 23XI Racing. “I can’t believe it, Tim [Terry],” DeJong exclaimed following the dominating win. “Knowing you’re going to be …

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Stock Car Scoop: How Did Hendrick Motorsports Finish 1-2-3-4 at Dover?

Alex Bowman and William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports chat at Daytona International Speedway (February 2021). (Photo: NKP)

#48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally and #24: William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Axalta

The NASCAR Cup Series traveled to Dover International Speedway Sunday (May 16), where Alex Bowman led a historic Hendrick Motorsports 1-2-3-4 sweep in the 2021 Drydene 400. It’s the first time in the organization’s 37-year history they’ve swept the top four spots in a Cup race. What helped the organization trounce the rest of the …

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The Virtual Frontstretch: Issue 13

Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

This week in the Virtual Frontstretch, it’s a light week for league updates so we’ll cover some of the recent updates to the iRacing service first. A patch was released this past week, mostly aimed at road racing for the NASCAR stock cars. All cars and trucks received an update to the tire model. From …

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Austin Cindric Gets Xfinity Win at Dover; Josh Berry Earns Final Dash4Cash Bonus

Austin Cindric celebrates after the 2021 Dover Xfinity race

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In front of a sold-out but limited crowd at Dover International Speedway, reigning Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric tamed the Monster Mile and beat two JR Motorsports drivers to capture his third win of the Xfinity Series season Saturday (May 15). “I’m fired up, man,” Cindric told Fox Sports 1 after the race. “I love …

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