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Beyond the Cockpit: Anthony Alfredo Hopes to Return to Richard Childress Racing in 2021

Anthony Alfredo Kansas II 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In his penultimate NASCAR Xfinity Series start of the season at Kansas Speedway, Anthony Alfredo had a hot rod, running inside the top five for the majoirty of the race in his No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. On a lap 172 restart, it all went awry. Entering turn 1, Justin Allgaier made a bold …

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From Louisville with Love, Part II: Ben Rhodes Talks Kentucky Speedway Devastation, 2020 Xfinity Attempt & NASCAR Future

Ben Rhodes Darlington

(Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In Part I of From Louisville with Love, Ben Rhodes spoke with Frontstretch about his 2020 improvements, playoff racing against his ThorSport Racing teammates, his two weeks with championship-winning crew chief Junior Joiner and traveling the NASCAR circuit in 2020 as a Kentucky resident.  In the final portion of this two-part series, Rhodes expresses his …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Made the Hollywood Casino 400 the Joey & Kevin Show

2020 Kansas II Cup Joey Logano trophy NKP

We’re getting deep into the playoffs now. All three of NASCAR’s national series started the Round of 8 last weekend at Kansas Speedway. Cup and Truck races each had different things going for them. The Trucks got a rare over-the-air broadcast while the Cup race displayed the current rules package, for better or worse. Hollywood …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Hollywood Casino 400

2020 Kansas II Cup Denny Hamlin Kevin Harvick racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… should you be talking about after the Hollywood Casino 400? Joey Logano might not have had the best car at Kansas Speedway, but he took the advantage of track position in Sunday’s (Oct. 18) Hollywood Casino 400. Logano used lapped traffic and clean air to his advantage to lock himself into the NASCAR Cup …

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Fire on Fridays: 5 Potential 2022 Landing Spots for Matt DiBenedetto

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With Wood Brothers Racing’s NASCAR Cup Series plans set through the 2022 season, drivers Austin Cindric and Matt DiBenedetto have their immediate future set in stone. DiBenedetto will return to the No. 21 Ford for the Woods next season, with Cindric taking over the ride full time in 2022. That leaves fan favorite DiBenedetto jobless …

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Beside the Rising Tide: The 70% Solution

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last week, in a rare two-part column, we looked at the changes to the Cup schedule that lie ahead in 2021. Arguably the most notable “readjustments” to that schedule were the tracks at Kentucky and Chicagoland losing their sole Cup dates.  While snagging a Cup date (which was notoriously difficult to do) once was all …

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The Underdog House: Bubba Wallace Leads on the Long, Lonely Road Home

2020 Charlotte Road Cup Jimmie Johnson Bubba Wallace racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog Road courses at the top level of NASCAR are something of an equalizer. A good driver can elevate the performance of an entire team even without the benefit of top notch equipment or research data. So it’s a logical assumption that at least one or two underdogs will likely run competitively and finish …

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Up to Speed: Alex Bowman’s Title Hopes Saved Again by the ROVAL

2020 Charlotte Road Cup Alex Bowman NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For the first time in his NASCAR career, Alex Bowman has made it to the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.  Entering Sunday’s race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, Bowman was seventh in points, holding a 22-point advantage over the cutline.  Like most of the playoff contenders, he fought through an …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Bank of America ROVAL 400

2020 Charlotte Road Cup Kyle Busch Clint Bowyer racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… should you be talking about after the race? It’s back-to-back wins at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL for Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott. He led three times for a total of 27 laps and has become the NASCAR Cup Series’ top road racer in the last couple of years. It wasn’t all a walk …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Your Regularly Scheduled Program, Part II

Daytona August 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Yesterday (March 5), I hit on the major changes that were made to the schedule for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule and detailed the first part of the season. Today, we complete that journey and break down the rest of the changes being made. All told, there are six road course events on the …

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