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Hendrick Motorsports Battered & Beaten at Darlington

Hendrick Motorsports Darlington Southern 500

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The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series regular season was dominated by Hendrick Motorsports, providing plenty of momentum heading into Sunday night’s (Sept. 5) playoff opener at Darlington Raceway.

But whatever momentum they carried into the postseason was largely wiped away over the course of 500 miles at The Lady in Black — at least for three of the organization’s four drivers.

Lawless Alan Frustrated With Derek Kraus After Darlington Crash

Lawless Alan

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Lawless Alan was holding his own and trying to make laps in his sixth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start.

But his Darlington Raceway debut was disrupted by an incident in turn 3, which began when Derek Kraus got into Alan’s left-rear quarter panel to send the No. 45 Niece Motorsports spinning.

Best Seat at the Track: Zach Sturniolo Joins From Darlington

Zach Sturniolo joins Jared Haas for the latest edition of Best Seat at the Track from Darlington Raceway.

Graphic: Jared Haas

On this Labor Day race weekend, Jared Haas is joined by senior correspondent and editor Zach Sturniolo, who is on-site at Darlington Raceway. The pair discuss the possibility of Denny Hamlin getting a fresh start in the playoffs after not winning in the regular season, as well as the repave of turn 2 and how …

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Harrison Burton Boosts Hot Streak with Runner-Up Finish at Darlington

Harrison Burton Darlington II 2021

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DARLINGTON, S.C. — Harrison Burton got all the way to the driver-side door of Noah Gragson in turn 4, but that was as close as he got to victory lane. Burton notched his best result of 2021 with a second-place finish in the Sports Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on Saturday (Sept. …

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Zach’s Turn: Darlington Highlights Intersection of Old & New as Playoff Opener

Darlington Raceway NASCAR

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Darlington Raceway is an obvious historic landmark for NASCAR. That is part of what makes the 71-year-old facility the perfect start of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, which kick off at the 1.33-mile South Carolinian oval Sunday (Sept. 5) with the 72nd annual Cook Out Southern 500 at 6 p.m. ET. Although the 10-week playoffs …

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Zach’s Turn: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hopeful Momentum Translates Into Daytona Win

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Michigan 2021

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is in the midst of one of the best seasons of his career. The driver of the No. 47 Chevrolet for JTG Daugherty Racing has finished outside the top 20 just six times through 25 races and posted his 13th top-15 finish of the season Sunday (Aug. 22) at Michigan International Speedway …

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Zach’s Turn: Where Lies the Truth Between Denny Hamlin & Chase Briscoe?

Chase Briscoe Denny Hamlin Indianapolis 2021

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Days after the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Denny Hamlin and Chase Briscoe continue to debate what happened on the final restart of the race. The conversation has taken up a good chunk of the social media chatter too, whether that be on Twitter, Reddit or Facebook. But …

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Chase Elliott Subbing for Michael Annett at Indianapolis Road Course

Chase Elliott 2021

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Chase Elliott will drive the No. 1 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, the team announced Saturday morning (Aug. 14). Elliott will replace Michael Annett, who continues to recover from surgery to address a stress fracture in his leg. Annett, the winner of the 2019 …

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Zach’s Turn: Points Battle Between Tyler Reddick & Austin Dillon Heating Up

Tyler Reddick Watkins Glen 2021

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With three races remaining in the regular season, Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon know who they have to fight for the final playoff spot on points. In fact, they probably know their competition too well. That’s because the Richard Childress Racing teammates currently sit on opposite sides of the NASCAR Cup Series playoff cutline, with …

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