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NASCAR President Steve Phelps on Jennifer Jo Cobb, COVID-19 Vaccines & State Voting Laws

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Just a few hours before the NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday (April 25), NASCAR President Steve Phelps addressed the media as part of an announcement regarding NASCAR’s new national partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. After that news, Phelps took a few questions on high-profile topics related to the …

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Ryan Blaney and the Keys to Success at Talladega

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

.007 seconds. It’s not much, but that’s all Ryan Blaney has needed to win at Talladega Superspeedway. And not just once. Both of his NASCAR Cup Series victories on the 2.66-mile track  – in October 2019 and June 2020 – had the same margin of victory. Blaney and the Cup Series return to Talladega this …

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Street Circuit Connoisseurs: The IndyCar Drivers Who Excel on City Streets

Josef Newgarden Passing Alex Palou and Colton Herta at St. Petersburg

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR Media)

After dashing around the sweeping hills of Barber Motorsports Park last weekend, the NTT IndyCar Series travels to St. Petersburg, Florida this weekend for 110 laps on the narrow street circuit in the sweltering sun. While Barber’s blind crests and swooping off-camber turns are no walk in the park for the drivers—even catching out two-time …

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Hailie Deegan Competing in SRX

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In addition to reigning ARCA Menards Series Rookie of the Year and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie, Hailie Deegan will add Superstar Racing Experience driver to her racing resume. Deegan will compete in the new series, she announced on Instagram April 22. Ray Evernham, co-owner of the series, confirmed Deegan will indeed compete …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Is Toyota’s Dominance Worth Worrying About?

2021 Trucks Richmond John Hunter Nemechek, No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, Wins (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

This weekend, the Camping World Truck Series sits quietly while the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series head to Talladega Superspeedway. With just six races under its belt, it’s a disappointing break in the momentum, though the series will be right back on track the following weekend at Kansas Speedway on May 1. Six races into …

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North Carolina on Pace to Lift COVID-19 Restrictions

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

North Carolina is set to lift some social distancing, capacity and mass gathering COVID-19 restrictions by June 1, Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday) April 21. The estimated timeline is just days after the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 30. It is not yet known the amount of fans that will be allowed …

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Alex Bowman’s Richmond Win Caps Off Big Day for Drivers of No. 48

Alex Bowman talks with Jimmie Johnson before 2019 Indianapolis Cup race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Jeff Andrews was like many of us Sunday afternoon. Even though the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway was well underway, Hendrick Motorsports’ general manager couldn’t help himself. He had to see Jimmie Johnson’s maiden voyage in an open-wheel car. “I won’t lie, I clicked over to IndyCar there a couple of times during …

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The Virtual Frontstretch: Issue 9

Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

It was a mixed bag of various events this past week among the iRacing leagues covered in The Virtual Frontstretch. For the leagues following the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, Martinsville Speedway proved to be filled with hurt feelings. Other leagues steered clear of the paperclip and had much better times on the service in their …

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CBS Announcing Team Revealed for SRX

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

CBS Sports revealed the announcers for the upcoming Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) series Wednesday, April 14. Four will cover all six summer events: host Lindsay Czarniak, play-by-play announcer Allen Bestwick, roaming analyst Brad Daugherty and pit reporter Matt Yocum. Additionally, three driver analysts will join the series for two races each. Danica Patrick will be …

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Waid’s World: Hope One of NASCAR’s Old ‘Spring Fling’ Might Rise From Rubble

Graphic: Jared Haas

For decades, about this time every year – when the Dogwoods and Azaleas are in full bloom throughout the South – the NASCAR Cup Series schedule consisted of three short track races and one that was at its oldest superspeedway, Richmond Raceway, sometimes either the second or third race of the year, was the season’s …

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