Race Weekend Central

Austin Cindric Wins Pole For XFINITY Championship Finale At Phoenix

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Austin Cindric will lead the field and his Championship 4 rivals to the green flag in Saturday night’s (Nov. 6) NASCAR XFINITY Series season finale. Cindric, who won the pole with a 131.902 mph lap will be joined on the front row by John Hunter Nemechek. Justin Allgaier will start third alongside championship contender Daniel …

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Daniel Hemric’s Championship Bid Alive After Run-in With Dead Deer

Daniel Hemric at Phoenix Raceway

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Daniel Hemric got a call from crew chief Dave Rogers around 9 a.m. Friday (Nov. 5) in Phoenix.

“Hey, I’m sure you’ve heard already,” Rogers said.

Hemric, who had been off his phone and “off the radar” during the buildup to the Xfinity Series’ championship race on Saturday (Nov. 6), hadn’t heard anything.

John Hunter Nemechek Quickest in Xfinity Practice at Phoenix

John Hunter Nemechek standing against his truck for 2021 NASCAR Trucks race at Nashville Superspeedway, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

John Hunter Nemechek will look to claim his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship tonight, but not before he put down the fastest lap in Xfinity Series practice at Phoenix Raceway on Friday, Nov. 5. Nemechek’s fastest lap was 130.388 mph; Championship 4 driver and reigning series champion Austin Cindric was the only other …

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Stock Car Scoop: NASCAR Championship Weekend Preview

Phoenix

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s NASCAR’s crowning moment. Championship weekend is upon us all this weekend at Phoenix Raceway, where the Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Cup series will crown their 2021 title-winners come checkered flags on Friday (Nov. 5), Saturday and Sunday. Ahead of the excitement, Adam Cheek and Bryan Nolen team up for one final preview podcast …

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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

(Photo: Chris Owens/INDYCAR Media)

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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Eyes on Xfinity: Is It Really All About Winning?

Daniel Hemric at 2021 NASCAR Xfinity race at Atlanta Motor Speedway NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

You hear it all the time. NASCAR’s current post-season format is designed around winning. It’s why TV commentators each week go on and on about the importance of stage points, finding ways to remind viewers that winning races, even for a driver with multiple race wins, matters a lot. The emphasis is all well and …

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