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Sky Is Limit for North Wilkesboro After Newfound Hope

Virtual NASCAR cars race at North Wilkesboro Speedway in 2020. Photo: NASCAR Media

(Photo: NASCAR Media)

Following the 1996 season, one of the original NASCAR Cup Series tracks was shut down. Now, there’s hope it could be saved. North Wilkesboro Speedway was a fixture in NASCAR for 47 years. The half-mile in Wilkes County, N.C., was where Red Byron was crowned the first ever Cup champion. It was Hall of Famer …

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eNASCAR Coca Cola iRacing Series: Bob Bryant Strikes Gold in Fontana for 1st Win

(Photo: iRacing)

Round Five of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series found the tour at the virtual Auto Club Speedway on Tuesday night (March 30). After a tense race at Atlanta Motor Speedway just two weeks ago, drivers returned to an intermediate track, this time a two-mile oval with a wornout surface and multiple grooves. After a tame …

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Dropping the Hammer: Bristol Dirt Race Earns Date in 2022 and ‘Beyond’

NASCAR Cup on Bristol dirt

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Any questions about whether NASCAR’s “Bristol Dirt” experience would live to see another year were answered well before the checkered flag fell on Monday’s (March 29) Cup Series main event. During the final stage break, Bristol Motor Speedway flashed a message on the video screens that hang above the infield: “Dirt returns in 2022. Lock-in …

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Tracking the Trucks: Martin Truex Jr. Scores First Series Win on Bristol Dirt

#51: Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota Tundra Auto-Owners Insurance

In a Nutshell: Martin Truex Jr. made his way to the front early, swept both stages and cruised to victory in the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt in Bristol on Monday (March 29). The Cup Series driver jumped in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota Tundra for his first Camping World Truck Series race in …

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Cup, Truck Bristol Dirt Races Postponed to Monday

2021 Trucks Bristol Dirt Practice John Hunter Nemechek (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Bristol Dirt? Mother Nature doesn’t care, as she didn’t let up on Bristol Motor Speedway over a March 27-28 weekend filled with rain. Constant precipitation from Saturday afternoon into Sunday ultimately forced the postponement of the NASCAR Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series’ Bristol dirt races. Drivers will have to wait another day before …

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The Virtual Frontstretch: eNASCAR Issue 6

Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

It’s all about Atlanta Motor Speedway this week in this issue of The Virtual Frontstretch. All three of the leagues covered this week all went down to virtual Hampton, Georgia for three vastly different events. They weren’t the biggest races of the week, but they did provide drama and excitement in their respective communities.  The …

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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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eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series: William Byron Claims Win at Virtual Bristol Dirt

William Byron beats Tyler Reddick on eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series 2021 Bristol dirt Photo NASCAR

(Photo: NASCAR Media via Justin Melillo)

Wednesday night (March 24) marked the return of the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series. After the successful run last year during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR and Fox decided to bring it back for another year with all of the Cup drivers for the 2021 season, plus a few special guests. While the world …

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Frontstretch 5: Top Dirt Aces Likely to Win at Bristol

Kyle Larson leans against his car at 2021 spring Phoenix Cup race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Throughout the history of NASCAR racing, the sport featured occasional stars with particular skills that shone on certain tracks. On the road courses, drivers like Dan Gurney, Marcos Ambrose, Boris Said, Scott Pruett and Ron Fellows excelled. On superspeedways, Michael Waltrip, Brad Keselowski, Sterling Marlin, Ernie Irvan and Dale Earnhardt are among the first names …

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Entry List: eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series at Bristol Dirt

(Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

There are 38 drivers entered for Wednesday’s (March 24) eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series event at the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track. The series that first began last year during the pause in competition due to the COVID-19 outbreak returns in 2021 for 10 races. FOX will cover the first five events, while NBC …

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