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4 Burning Questions: Who’s Saying Goodbye After 2021?

2021 Kansas I Cup Ross Chastain Kurt Busch racing NKP

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Who will win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship? John Hunter Nemechek enters Phoenix Raceway with the most wins on the season but as the fourth seed after just barely getting to this round after a late crash at Martinsville Speedway. Nemechek is probably the most aggressive driver of these four and will do …

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Friday Faceoff: Is This Hendrick Lineup Its Best Ever?

Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman Racing at Martinsville fall 2021, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Is this the most competitive Hendrick Motorsports has ever been? Luken Glover: One can certainly make that argument. It isn’t a head-and-shoulders advantage, but this NASCAR Cup Series season is right there as one of the best. If a HMS car wins this week, it will tie its 2007 record for the most single-season wins …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Return to NASCAR in 2021?

Jimmie Johnson at Detroit 2021 IndyCar

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A smaller crop of drivers who raced on the national NASCAR stage in 2020, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, equals an altogether more diminutive list of racers who didn’t return to a NASCAR national series in 2021. And of those who didn’t return, some were, as always, expected. Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth …

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Fire on Fridays: Driver Improvements in 2021 You Might Have Missed

Ryan Blaney talking with crew chief Todd Gordon at Circuit of The Americas 2021, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Year-over-year improvement is not a given in any sport, NASCAR included. It’s expected out of some, granted, especially drivers entering their sophomore season or someone in better equipment than before. But it doesn’t always happen. Hell, sometimes performance actually suffers on a grand scale. You never know. Certain examples of upward mobility were not only …

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Lawless Alan Joins Niece Full Time in 2022

Lawless Alan AUTOParkit No. 45 Niece Motorsports truck at Talladega 2021, NKP

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As he prepares to make his ninth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Phoenix Raceway, Lawless Alan has a full-time ride for next year. Alan will up his slate to a full-time schedule driving the No. 45 Chevrolet, Niece Motorsports announced Nov. 4. Alan’s rookie campaign will be primarily sponsored by AUTOParkit, AUTOChargit …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Why Is Respect an Issue in Truck Series Today?

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“There’s a complete lack of respect everywhere, all over the place.” – Kyle Busch Respect. It’s such a simple word, yet it’s become such a hot topic in recent weeks in NASCAR and, more specifically, in the Camping World Truck Series. Coming out of last weekend’s trip to Martinsville Speedway, plenty of drivers left upset …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Where’s the Respect in the Truck Series?

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The Truck race on Saturday (Oct. 30) was a you-know-what show. Why has the respect gone down considerably in recent years? – Dan I., Knoxville, Iowa The Camping World Truck Series has been trending this way for a couple years and especially in recent weeks. But it seems to have come to a boiling point …

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Xfinity and Truck Series Penalties Announced After Martinsville Weekend

Our Motorsports No. 23 Road America Natalie Decker

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR announced the indefinite suspension of Our Motorsports crew member Randall Howard for a behavioral violation when it released its weekly penalty report Tuesday, Nov. 2. The details of the crew members suspension have not been released. The Our Motorsports No. 23 Chevrolet was driven by Natalie Decker this past weekend at in the Xfinity …

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Networks, Start Times Announced for 2022 NASCAR Season

Daniel Hemric Martinsville 2021 Xfinity pack racing NKP

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NASCAR announced its networks and air times for all races of its three national series for the duration of the 2022 schedule on Nov. 2. One of the biggest changes to the network schedule is the increase of network broadcasts throughout next year’s NASCAR Cup Series schedule, which features a growth from 17 network broadcasts …

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