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Entry List: Lime Rock Park 120

2019 Lime Rock IMPC Owen Trinkler Car Phil Allaway

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Saturday morning will see IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge teams take on the classic 1.53-mile configuration of Lime Rock Park for two hours of action.  TeamTGM is going for their third straight win at Lime Rock, but their two Camaros are just two of 36 teams that are entered. In the Grand Sport class, there are …

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Entry List: Northeast Grand Prix

2019 Lime Rock IWSC Nick Tandy Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

This Saturday, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has their first GT-only race weekend of 2021 at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.  17 teams are entered. In GT Le Mans, it will be only the three full-time cars, the two Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C8.Rs and WeatherTech Racing’s Porsche.  At WeatherTech Racing, Matt Campbell is out …

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Luke Fenhaus on Runner-Up SRX Finish, Battling Motorsports Legends & Slinger Nationals

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In Saturday (July 10) night’s Superstar Racing Experience event at Slinger Speedway in Wisconsin, 17-year-old Luke Fenhaus held his own against the likes of Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte and Helio Castroneves for most of the night. Securing a spot in the SRX race by way of a super late model triumph in the Slinger Nationals, …

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Zach’s Turn: Has Hendrick Motorsports Taken a Step Back?

Hendrick Motorsports Alex Bowman Denny Hamlin Atlanta 2021

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Asking whether Hendrick Motorsports has taken a step back in the midst of its best season in years probably seems absurd on the surface. The dominant four-car organization has won seven of the last nine NASCAR Cup Series races, headed mainly by Kyle Larson, and most recently won just two races ago at Road America, …

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Did You Notice?: Communication Between NASCAR Drivers, Executives at Crossroads

2021 Pocono I Cup Bubba Wallace Steve Phelps laugh James Gilbert Getty

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR drama between drivers and executives has been building at a breakneck pace? It all started with last week’s Atlanta Motor Speedway repave announcement from Speedway Motorsports, Inc. President Marcus Smith. After 24 years under the current configuration, the track will be getting a facelift with both fresh asphalt and an altered …

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Frontstretch 5: Greatest NASCAR Drivers Without a Cup Start

2014 Richmond II NXS James Buescher Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Hundreds of drivers have been fortunate enough to have started a NASCAR event in their lifetimes. Even fewer drivers have had the chance to take the green flag in a NASCAR Cup Series race, let alone achieve lasting success in the series. But there is a special club of drivers who had success in the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Does NASCAR Have a Communication Problem?

2021 Cup Atlanta II Joe Gibbs Racing NKP

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Drivers seemed pissed off more than normal this weekend. Repave/reconfiguration at Atlanta, Next Gen safety concerns. Why the sudden anger? – Rick P., Salem, Ore. I’ve never seen Cool Hand Luke, but I know the quote from that movie that holds water and will for years and years to come in human society is this …

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4 Cup, 2 Xfinity Teams Penalized After Atlanta Events

2021 Atlanta II NXS Kyle Busch pack racing NKP

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The penalty report from last weekend’s NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series events at Atlanta Motor Speedway was released on Tuesday, July 13. Four Cup and two Xfinity crew chiefs were fined $10,000 and $5,000 each, respectively, for unsecured lug nuts. Adam Stevens (crew chief for Christopher Bell), Jonathan Hassler (Matt DiBenedetto), Mike Wheeler (Bubba Wallace) …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Random Notes & Reckless Abandon

2021 knoxville Trucks pack racing Carson Hocevar Chandler Smith James Gilbert Getty Images

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Friday night’s (July 9) NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race had a somewhat slapdash jury-rigged feel to it even before the racing commenced. Nope, they don’t run many touring series races on Friday nights any longer, though for a few years as more and more Cup Series races were moved to Saturday nights the companion …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Deals With Track Issues, While Knoxville Brings Kevin Swindell to the Booth

Ryan Blaney leads a pack of cars at Atlanta Motor Speedway, July 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

By today’s standards, last weekend was a rarity. You had a split weekend with the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series teams racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway, while the Camping World Truck Series was at Knoxville Raceway. The Cup race wasn’t all that unusual for Atlanta, just shorter, which I didn’t really welcome. The Truck race …

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