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Sheldon Creed Wins Darlington Truck Series Wreckfest

2021 Trucks Darlington Sheldon Creed, No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet, Burnout (Credit: NLKP)

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John Hunter Nemechek looked like he was well on his way to score his third win of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season in Friday’s (May 7) Liftkits4less.com 200 at Darlington Raceway. The 23-year-old dominated the 147-lap contest as he looked to score Kyle Busch Motorsports’ sixth consecutive NCWTS win, which would have been …

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Daytona, Darlington, Kansas to Lift COVID-19 Attendance Restrictions

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The grandstands will be full at three more tracks later this season. Per three coordinated May 7 releases, Kansas Speedway and Daytona International Speedway will open their stands to full capacity for their NASCAR race weekends later this season. In addition, Darlington Raceway, which hosts NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Truck series this weekend, will do …

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First Pacific Funding Extends Sponsorship With Jeremy Clements

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Jeremy Clements Racing is now fully sponsored for the rest of the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series campaign. The family-owned team with driver Jeremy Clements has extended its relationship with First Pacific Funding, the company announced April 30. The No. 51 Chevrolet will now carry the FPF colors in the remaining races of the 2021 season …

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Atlanta Motor Speedway to Open to Full Capacity for July Races

2021 Xfinity Atlanta Justin Allgaier, No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, Win (Credit: NKP)

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Per an April 30 announcement, Atlanta Motor Speedway has elected to increase its grandstand capacity to 100% for the NASCAR race weekend headlined by the July 11 Cup Series race. The announcement marks the first NASCAR facility to announce plans for a full capacity event since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. “As we’ve …

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NASCAR 101: The Wacky & Wild Side of NASCAR Race Sponsorships

Casey Mears races the Squidward Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway, May 2015. Photo: NKP

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If you are a sponsor who really wants to get some exposure, NASCAR provides the perfect stage to elicit some creativity. From celebrity advertisements to Hollywood glitz and even the luscious locks of Corey LaJoie, marketing dollars have certainly used in some pretty innovative ways throughout the sport. This weekend’s Buschy McBusch Race 400 is …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who, Like Harrison Burton, Could Also Make Their Cup Debut in 2021

2021 Xfinity Homestead Noah Gragson (Credit: NKP)

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In case you did not notice, there is someone new on the NASCAR Cup Series entry list this week — and no, it’s not Jennifer Jo Cobb, at least not anymore. It’s actually second-generation driver Harrison Burton. The four-time Xfinity Series winner will become the next member of the Burton racing clan (he’s Jeff’s son) …

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Kyle Busch Motorsports Adds Brian Brown for Knoxville

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Kyle Busch Motorsports’ driver lineup is getting bigger. Per an April 16 team release, KBM has added Brian Brown to its already robust roster. Brown will drive the No. 51 Toyota at Knoxville Speedway on July 9. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series contest is the second and final dirt race on the Truck schedule. …

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NASCAR 101: Drivers Who Became Crew Chiefs

Rodney Childers and Kevin Harvick look on in 2019 Cup Michigan race. Photo: NKP

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Josh Berry’s win in the Cook Out 250 at Martinsville Speedway last weekend in the NASCAR Xfinity Series has sparked quite the conversation about his future. Is there room for Berry to go full-time Xfinity racing? Is there funding to go full-time Xfinity racing? What about: Josh Berry, future crew chief? This week, Berry told …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s This Year’s Most Surprising Non-Winner So Far?

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No shortage of surprise NASCAR Cup Series winners so far in 2021, but who are you most surprised hasn’t won a Cup race in 2021? Luken Glover: An easy answer would be Kevin Harvick due to the lack of speed and dominance that we’ve seen from him the past three years. However, Denny Hamlin is …

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NASCAR 101: Drivers With the Most Martinsville Wins

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The lone active track to predate the sport, Martinsville Speedway has become a relic of NASCAR nostalgia. From hot dogs to grandfather clocks, this paperclip-shaped, half-mile track has stood the test of time. Because it has been on the schedule every year since NASCAR’s founding, Martinsville has hosted the most NASCAR Cup Series races of …

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