NASCAR Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: Does Joe Gibbs Racing Have the Upper Hand?

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1. Is it time to unionize?  Between angst over Atlanta’s reprofiling of the track and details that had trickled out over the past week leading into Atlanta, this much was clear: Many of the biggest names in the sport felt that their voices were not being heard and were none too pleased about it.   …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: The Field Gets Busch Whacked in Atlanta

Kurt Busch holds the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, July 2021. Photo: NKP

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The term “Busch Whacker” first surfaced in NASCAR circles back in the late ’90s, used as a term to describe the Cup Series regulars who stole wins in what was then the Busch (now Xfinity) Series. On Sunday, the racing brothers from Las Vegas gave the term a whole new meaning. Kurt and Kyle Busch …

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Josh Berry Filling In for Michael Annett at New Hampshire

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Update (July 12, 4:50 p.m.): NASCAR announced July 12 that it has approved a playoff waiver for Michael Annett, meaning he will be able to compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs, should be qualify. — Josh Berry will substitute for JR Motorsports driver Michael Annett in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on July 17 at New …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Going Out On Top; Kyle Busch Wins No. 102 at Atlanta

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His NASCAR Xfinity Series career began on May 24, 2003, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His first victory was at Richmond Raceway on May 14, 2004. But was Kyle Busch’s 102nd victory in his 362nd career start the final time the 2009 Xfinity Series champion competes in NASCAR’s second-tier division? According to Busch, that very well …

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Daniel Hemric Riddled Again by Bad Luck at Atlanta

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The good news for Daniel Hemric was that his team had appeared to snap a rash of foul fortune near the start of the final stage of Saturday’s (July 10) Credit Karma Money 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The bad? Those demons returned in the final 10 laps, once again costing Hemric his first NASCAR …

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Last-Minute Call Lands Austin Dillon in JR Motorsports’ No. 1

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Traveling to Atlanta with his grandfather ended up being a good thing for both Austin Dillon and JR Motorsports on Saturday (July 10). In Atlanta earlier than planned, Dillon was at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday with Richard Childress. At the same time, JR Motorsports was in search of a driver for its No. 1 …

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Kyle Busch Gets Xfinity Win No. 102 at Atlanta

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Kyle Busch took the win in the Credit Karma Money 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday (July 10) in the final planned NASCAR Xfinity Series start of his career. After claiming the first two stages, Busch looked to be in control until stage three. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Hemric took command and …

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Michael Annett Out at Atlanta Due to Injury; Austin Dillon Fills In

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JR Motorsports driver Michael Annett will miss the Credit Karma Money 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday (July 10) due to a leg injury. Annett missed the Corn Belt 150 at Knoxville Raceway Friday because of the injury and felt hopeful about racing Saturday. Unfortunately, the injury wasn’t in his …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Ease Up on Road Courses

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Three more times this year, the NASCAR Xfinity Series will race on road courses. By the time the checkered flag falls at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL this fall (Oct. 9), it’ll mark seven races on road courses this season for NASCAR’s No. 2 series. That’s a few trips too many around road courses this …

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