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Alex Bowman Discusses Short Track Racing, Competing in Public Eye & 2021 Success

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#48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally

Alex Bowman‘s win at Richmond Raceway in late April locked him into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The victory was the first for Bowman at a short track, as well as the first points-paying win for primary sponsor Ally Financial. With Bowman’s move to the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the offseason, it …

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Waid’s World: From Rebirth Through ‘Throwback,’ Darlington’s Tradition Lives On

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Graphic: Jared Haas

At the end of the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series season, Darlington Raceway was stripped of its tradition. The next year it would stage only one event – and it was not the venerated Southern 500, the classic stock car race that was born at Darlington in 1950. It is the oldest superspeedway race in NASCAR …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Tire Seen ‘Round the World (or Infield) at Kansas

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Does NASCAR legitimately think they did the right thing by throwing the yellow for that tire sitting on the edge of the infield? What a joke. — Louis K., Reno, Nevada Full disclosure: I was with you, Louis, as it was going down. I thought it was blatant race manipulation and so infuriating to let …

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What Mattered: IndyCar at Texas

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Pato O’Ward’s glass ceiling has finally shattered. After uncertainty climbing the motorsports ladder in North America, the young Mexican racer finally made it to victory lane as an NTT IndyCar Series racer after winning Sunday’s XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway. O’Ward’s journey to winning on Sunday involved quick hands, massive cojones and faith in …

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Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Could Score Birthday Wins in 2021

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#43: Erik Jones, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Black Entrepreneur Initiative

Birthdays can be a special and wonderful time for everyone, but winning a NASCAR race on the same day amplifies its sweetness even more. That’s what Kyle Busch did for the second time in his career on Sunday (May 2) in the Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas Speedway, scoring his 58th career NASCAR Cup …

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NASCAR’s Next-Gen Cars To Be Raced in iRacing Pro Invitational Darlington Event

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Last time, it was youth over experience that headlined the iRacing Pro Invitational Series entry list. This time around, it will be experience meeting the future. Race fans will see the NASCAR Next-Gen race cars take to the virtual track for the first time on May 5, as iRacing has added them into their service. …

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3 Cup Teams Penalized After Kansas, Truck Engineer Reinstated

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Three teams received penalties following Sunday’s (May 2) NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, all for lug nut-related issues. Penalties were given to the Nos. 1, 17 and 22 teams of Kurt Busch, Chris Buescher and Joey Logano, respectively, after failing post-race inspection. As a result, crew chiefs Matt McCall, Luke Lambert and Paul …

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The 8 Greatest NASCAR Races of All Time

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Editor’s Note: This article is posted in collaboration with an outside sponsorship client. The opinions and information contained within do not necessarily represent Frontstretch and its staff. NASCAR remains the top dog of racing competition in the United States, with a loyal fanbase worldwide. With many changes made to the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series in terms …

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Pocono Operating at Full Capacity for NASCAR Weekend

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Pocono Raceway has joined the steadily growing list of race venues that will operate at full seating capacity in 2021. Following Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that statewide mitigation orders, including those related to event capacity and social distancing, will be lifted starting May 31, 2021, Pocono announced May 4 it will operate at 100% …

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Stefan Wilson Attempting Indy 500 for Andretti

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Andretti Autosport has added one more young gun to its stable for the 2021 Indianapolis 500. Stefan Wilson returns to the Andretti roster for the Indy 500 in the No. 25 LohlaSport Honda, he announced May 4. The 31-year-old Englishman’s entry marks his first attempt to qualify for an IndyCar event since his 2018 entry …

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Parker Chase Competing Part Time for Venturini in ARCA

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Parker Chase has been added to Venturini Motorsports’ ARCA Menards Series driver lineup for 2021, Venturini announced May 4. Chase, 20, will begin competing in the series on May 29 in the ARCA General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the No. 25 NXTLVL Marine Toyota Camry. He’s also set for starts at Winchester …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Running Richmond Xfinity Race

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to keep his annual one-off Xfinity Series start streak alive in 2021. JR Motorsports announced May 4 that the two-time Xfinity champion and team co-owner will compete once again in a one-off event at Richmond Raceway on Sept. 11 later this season. Unilever will sponsor the effort. The paint scheme …

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