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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 EchoPark Texas Grand Prix

Chase Elliott gives fans a thumbs up at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 2021. Photo: NKP

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Everything’s bigger in Texas, including Circuit of the Americas, a 3.41-mile road course NASCAR Cup Series drivers will take on for the first time this weekend. Let’s get your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings rosters set for Sunday’s (May 23) EchoPark Texas Grand Prix. Circuit of the Americas (or COTA) has 20 turns — some sharp, …

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‘We Get Paid To Adapt’: NASCAR Crew Chiefs Prep for Unknowns of COTA

Daniel Hemric at COTA

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One word you don’t hear thrown around often in NASCAR is “potpourri.” But NASCAR has also never competed at the Circuit of the Americas before. That changes this weekend as all three of its national series will race on the 20-turn, 3.41-mile road course for the first time. And it has Cup Series crew chief …

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4 Burning Questions: Finally, the Rock Has Come Back?

Rockingham Speedway

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Are two dead racetracks returning to NASCAR? This week, it was revealed by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper that a portion of the American Relief Plan allocated to the state, $30 million in total, would be awarded to three racetracks located in the state: Rockingham Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and, surprisingly, North Wilkesboro Speedway. There …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Address Pre-Race Inspection Failures with Harsher Penalties?

Chase Elliott Dover 2021

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This past weekend at Dover International Speedway, Chase Elliott‘s No. 9 Chevrolet once again failed pre-race inspection. Despite the penalty of starting at the rear, Elliott dutifully drove back up through the field to score a top-four finish.. We’ve seen other teams in recent years become serial offenders for failing pre-race inspection, such as Martin …

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A Statistical Deep Dive Into Jimmie Johnson’s GMR Grand Prix

Jimmie Johnson at the GMR Grand Prix

(Photo by Walter Kuhn/INDYCAR)

In Jimmie Johnson’s first NTT IndyCar Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Johnson showed some decent improvement but is still learning about racing an open-wheel car. The seven-time NASCAR champion’s fastest lap of the race was a 1 minute, 12.5976 second lap. Yes, this was last of all drivers, yes he was …

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Dropping the Hammer: We’re Talking About Practice, Man

Kyle Busch at COTA

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Brace yourself. For a limited summer engagement, things are going back to “normal” in NASCAR land. In a confluence of events — the rapid lifting of COVID-19 attendance restrictions and how NASCAR’s 2021 schedule is laid out — four of the next six points paying NASCAR Cup race weekends will feel like they’re happening in …

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Thinkin’ Dirty: 2021 King of the Commonwealth at Virginia Motor Speedway

Virginia Motor Speedway winner Brandon Overton rejoices after winning at Eldora Speedway (May 2021).

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The A-Main: Virginia Motor Speedway There’s no disputing it, “Big Sexy” Brandon Overton is the undisputed King of the Commonwealth. Fresh off a $5,000 win at the Natural Bridge Speedway on Friday, Overton scored a come-from-behind victory in the King race at Virginia Motor Speedway Saturday night (May 15), winning $20,000 under the Ultimate Super …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Drydene 400

Daniel Suarez at the 2021 Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway, May 2021. Photo: NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after Drydene 400? Raise your hand if you picked Alex Bowman to be just the second NASCAR Cup Series driver to score multiple wins in 2021. Yeah, me either. Bowman has become a steady wheelman, one who’s there to challenge at the end more often. That late-race strength paid …

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SRX Saturday: Michael Waltrip on Series Competitors, Cup Career & Superspeedway Racing

16 February 2011 Daytona Beach Florida USA Michael Waltrip 2011Nigel Kinrade Autostock

16 February, 2011, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA Michael Waltrip ©2011,Nigel Kinrade Autostock

Michael Waltrip is one of 10 full-time drivers participating in the Superstar Racing Experience, a racing series founded by Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham (among others) debuting on June 12, 2021 at Stafford Motor Speedway. Six races comprise the inaugural season, with full-time drivers set to contest 100 laps at each track outside of Slinger …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Too Early to Engrave the NASCAR Cup Series Trophy

#19: Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro celebrates his win with grandfather clock

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martin Truex Jr. certainly put on a show at Darlington last Sunday, leading 248 of 292 laps on the way to his 30th career victory and third of 2021. He’s the only driver with more than one win through 12 races this season. So, with the halfway point of NASCAR’s regular season this weekend at …

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