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NASCAR 101: The 5 Best — & 5 Worst — Throwback Paint Schemes

2020 Darlington III fall Reed Sorensen throwback car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway. The concept seems to be starting to wear out just a bit. In fact, the vast majority of Cup throwbacks this year are either bad or just average. All of the truly great NASCAR schemes have been done to death, and very few sponsors want to actually throwback to …

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Fire on Fridays: Here’s What Throwback Weekend Is Missing

2008 Truck Michigan Erik Darnell NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Autostock)

It’s easy to be resistant to gimmickry, but despite toeing that line ever so slightly, NASCAR’s now-annual throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway remains a good time. Well, maybe not for the teams’ spotters. But for others, the weekend is a bit of a treat, not just from the TV broadcasts of the NASCAR Cup, Xfinity …

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Friday Faceoff: Can Kyle Busch Surpass Richard Petty’s Streak?

Kyle Busch stands before 2021 spring Cup Kansas race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With his win at Kansas Speedway, Kyle Busch has won a NASCAR Cup Series race in 17 consecutive years. Will he surpass the mark of 18 set by Richard Petty? Luken Glover: Absolutely. I see Kyle Busch winning at least one race for at least the next few years and easily passing Petty’s record. Now …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Parity Breeds Sense of Urgency for Playoff Hopefuls

2021 Phoenix I NXS Ryan Sieg car NKP

#39: Ryan Sieg, RSS Racing, Ford Mustang CMR Construction and Roofing

Well, that didn’t take long. Eight races into the NASCAR Xfinity Series season, the sense of urgency is already ramped up. How tense is it getting? Ryan Sieg, coming off of a top-10 points finish last season, has already made a crew chief change. After a contentious start to the season, Sieg is 17th in …

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Here Are the 2021 Darlington Throwback Schemes

2019 Darlington throwback Cup weekend pack racing Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s that time of year again when NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck series teams start sharing throwback paint schemes they’ll run at Darlington Raceway during its yearly throwback weekend. This time, the celebration is held May 7-9 on Mother’s Day weekend to unite fans of all generations. We’re doing things a bit different …

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Tommy Joe Martins Reunites With Market Rebellion

Tommy Joe Martins races in No. 44 car at 2021 Homestead Xfinity NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After sponsoring Tommy Joe Martins last year, Market Rebellion will return to sponsor Martins’ No. 44 Chevrolet for three races this NASCAR Xfinity Series season, Martins Motorsports announced via Twitter May 6. Market Rebellion will sponsor Martins in the races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Aug. 14, Las Vegas Motor Speedway on …

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AJ Allmendinger Takes Xfinity Pole at Darlington

AJ Allmendinger stands next to his Xfinity car at 2021 spring Las Vegas race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After a week off, the NASCAR Xfinity Series take on Darlington Raceway and AJ Allmendinger’s on the pole for Saturday’s (May 8) race. The No. 16 Kaulig Racing pilot claimed the position after ending third at Talladega Superspeedway. Team Penske’s Austin Cindric starts second next to Allmendinger, while Talladega winner Jeb Burton slots in third. …

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Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Could Score Birthday Wins in 2021

2021 Kansas I Cup Erik Jones NKP

#43: Erik Jones, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Black Entrepreneur Initiative

Birthdays can be a special and wonderful time for everyone, but winning a NASCAR race on the same day amplifies its sweetness even more. That’s what Kyle Busch did for the second time in his career on Sunday (May 2) in the Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas Speedway, scoring his 58th career NASCAR Cup …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Running Richmond Xfinity Race

Dale Jr 2020

(Photo: NASCAR Media via Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to keep his annual one-off Xfinity Series start streak alive in 2021. JR Motorsports announced May 4 that the two-time Xfinity champion and team co-owner will compete once again in a one-off event at Richmond Raceway on Sept. 11 later this season. Unilever will sponsor the effort. The paint scheme …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Kyle Busch Takes the Cake on His Birthday

Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick get ready for the Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas Speedway, May 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In 2009, Kyle Busch became the first driver since Cale Yarborough in 1977 to win a Cup race on his birthday. However, after winning this weekend at Kansas Speedway, Busch is the only driver in series history who is undefeated on his special day. Since Busch joined the Cup tour in 2005, a race has …

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Entry List: 2021 Steakhouse Elite 200

2019 Darlington pack racing NKP Xfinity

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Darlington Raceway for Saturday’s (May 8) throwback event. Forty-three cars are entered for the Steakhouse Elite 200. Based on points, Andy Lally, Jordan Anderson and Ronnie Bassett Jr. will not qualify for the race. As announced earlier on Monday, Tanner Berryhill will return to the series for the first …

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Remembering Eric McClure: A Racing Hero to a Fellow Virginian

Eric McClure 2016 Xfinity smiling Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

If there’s one adage that’s held true during my decade covering races with Frontstretch, it’s been “don’t meet your heroes.” Virginia’s Eric McClure, who died Sunday (May 2) at the age of 42, was a rare exception to that rule. Yes, I went out of my way to say Virginia’s Eric McClure. There’s a reason …

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