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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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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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Zach’s Turn: Rudy Fugle & William Byron Capitalize on Chemistry for 1st Win Together

William Byron with crew chief Rudy Fugle before 2021 Daytona Road course Cup event Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It took William Byron 62 races to win with legendary crew chief Chad Knaus atop the pit box. The connection with new crew chief Rudy Fugle came together much quicker. Byron led 102 of 267 laps on Sunday (Feb. 28) to win the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, claiming his first victory with Fugle …

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Zach’s Turn: Christopher Bell Proves His Worth Early at Joe Gibbs Racing

2021 Daytona RC Cup Bell NKP 1

Photography: NKP

Christopher Bell showed Sunday (Feb. 21) at the Daytona International Speedway road course that he is worthy of his ride at Joe Gibbs Racing. A surprise win in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 provided proof just two weeks into the job. After a rookie season in which he finished 20th in points for now-defunct Leavine Family …

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Zach’s Turn: Did Drivers Take Too Long at Daytona to Make Their Move?

Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon battle for position in 2021 Daytona 500 Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For most of Sunday night’s (Feb. 14) Daytona 500, the pack rode single file in hopes of timing their runs right. Instead, last-minute moves left some drivers wadded up and others just short of victory in the 63rd annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. With the field thinned to just 16 cars on the …

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Zach’s Turn: Absence of Jimmie Johnson Signifies New Era in NASCAR

Jimmie Johnson Phoenix II 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

As we sit upon the doorstep of the 2021 season, there are plenty of signs that “new” is in the air. Michael Jordan and Pitbull are suddenly co-owners of respective teams in the NASCAR Cup Series. The Cup schedule features seven road courses, including Circuit of the Americas, Road America and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway …

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