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Eyes on Xfinity: Gray Gaulding Moves Past Martinsville, Brings UFC to Talladega

Gray Gaulding UFC Panini Talladega 2021

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Gray Gaulding made headlines two weekends ago for all the wrong reasons. The last time the NASCAR Xfinity Series was on track, Gaulding, driver of the No. 52 Chevrolet for Jimmy Means Racing, tangled on and off the track at Martinsville Speedway with Joe Graf Jr., who drives for Gaulding’s former employer, SS Green Light Racing. …

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Zach’s Turn: Matt DiBenedetto Turns in ‘Overdue’ Top 10 at Richmond

2021 Cup Richmond Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Matt DiBenedetto found himself up the creek without a paddle to start 2021. His luck to start the year was atrocious with seemingly no end in sight. Three races in, he was mired way back in 35th in points, trailing drivers like Jamie McMurray who ran a one-race deal in February’s Daytona 500. It took …

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Josh Berry Earns Sponsorship Offer After Martinsville Win

2021 Xfinity Martinsville Josh Berry, No. 8 JR Motorsports, Celebratory Beer (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Update (April 12, 10:45 a.m. ET): It sounds like Camping World sponsorship for Josh Berry at Talladega Superspeedway may be a go. “Sounds like a great opportunity!” JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted. “Let’s eat!” Sounds like a great opportunity! Let’s eat! https://t.co/xIDZWRvGKj — Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) April 12, 2021 Original story: Just hours …

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Zach’s Turn: Ryan Blaney Remains Winless at Martinsville

2021 Martinsville I Cup Ryan Blaney NKP

Ryan Blaney (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ryan Blaney has earned top-five finishes in five of the last seven races at Martinsville Speedway yet remains winless at the half-mile paperclip. After Sunday’s (April 11) race, that statistic should have read six top fives in the last seven. Instead, a pit-road miscue and ensuing penalty derailed what could have been a winning run …

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Zach’s Turn: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Proving Strong Start No Fluke

2021 Cup Bristol Dirt Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.‘s runner-up finish in the inaugural Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday (March 29) was unquestionably his best performance yet this season. Stenhouse is a dirt track ace with sprint car experience as both a driver and owner. He even spent time working with Speedway Motorsports, Inc.’s Steve Swift …

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Zach’s Turn: Noah Gragson Pushing His Luck With Competitors

2021 Xfinity Atlanta Noah Gragson, No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, Pits (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

It’s no secret NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Noah Gragson doesn’t care about making enemies. So it should be no surprise yet another incident found its way to the JR Motorsports driver, this time following Saturday’s (March 20) EchoPark 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Daniel Hemric confronted Gragson on pit road after the race, triggering an …

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Friday Faceoff: Should More Teams Let a Dirt Ace Pilot Their Bristol Entry?

Stewart Friesen

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Which new driver/crew chief combo will win next in the NASCAR Cup Series after four of them have won in the first five races? Josh Roller: The way Kyle Busch and the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 team is finishing, it’s a toss-up between Busch-Ben Beshore and Bubba Wallace-Mike Wheeler at 23XI Racing. But it …

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Cliff Daniels Finding His Role as Leader While Kyle Larson Finds Success

Cliff Daniels Daytona 2021 NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Cliff Daniels has only been a NASCAR Cup Series crew chief for two drivers: Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson. Five races into his inaugural campaign with Larson, Daniels earned his first career victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7, and the new pairing has garnered four top-10 finishes in five races. Daniels worked …

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Zach’s Turn: Joe Gibbs Racing Poised for Success After Phoenix Victory

Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. racing in the Instacart 500k, 3/14/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martin Truex Jr. finally claimed his first career Phoenix Raceway victory in the NASCAR Cup Series in Sunday’s (March 14) Instacart 500. And while the performance felt like a statement win for Truex, who snapped a 29-race winless streak by leading 64 laps en route to victory lane, it also proved to be a strong …

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Zach’s Turn: Kyle Larson Earns Kudos from NASCAR, Bubba Wallace After 1st Hendrick Motorsports Win

2021 Cup Las Vegas I Larson Burnout Victory NKP

(Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The past 10 months of Kyle Larson’s life have been a roller coaster, but the wild ride peaked on Sunday (March 7). Larson led 103 laps to dominate and win the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It’s his first NASCAR Cup Series victory at Hendrick Motorsports and first since losing his job last …

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