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Stock Car Scoop: Was Darlington Better or Worse With 750 Horsepower?

Justin Allgaier pulls into victory lane in Darlington, May 2021. (Photo: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

The NASCAR Cup Series raced to Darlington Raceway on throwback weekend this Sunday, May 9 and Martin Truex Jr. made it a memorable Mother’s Day. Truex dominated the race to win his third race of the 2021 season. Kyle Larson made a charge at the end but it was not enough, coming up short after …

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The Underdog House: Erik Jones Best In Class… But Darlington Streak Ends

#43: Erik Jones, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro STP and #20: Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Rheem racing at 2021 spring Darlington Cup, Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog: Erik Jones If you tuned into Sunday’s (May 9) Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway with no information on NASCAR Throwback weekend, you may have wondered why there were schemes largely from the 20th century on track. One of those cars would be the easily distinguishable STP colors adorning the No. 43. However, it …

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Up to Speed: Don’t Count Richard Childress Racing Out of the Playoff Picture

Richard Childress and Austin Dillon together during a NASCAR Xfinity Series race in New Hampshire (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

In the spirit of NASCAR’s throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, think back to the 2017 season. It’s the last time Richard Childress Racing put multiple cars in the Cup Series playoffs. Can they do it again in 2021? Back then, both drivers punched their tickets to the postseason with victories.  Veteran Ryan Newman stole a …

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Zach’s Turn: More Horsepower, More Success for Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr. Darlington 1 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martin Truex Jr. already entered Darlington Raceway as the only driver in the NASCAR Cup Series field with multiple wins this season. That’s what made his performance during Sunday’s (May 9) Goodyear 400 that much more impressive, leading 248 of 293 laps en route to his third victory in 12 starts thus far in 2021. …

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Thinkin’ Dirty: 2021 Dairyland Showdown at Mississippi Thunder

Brandon Sheppard led the way in the 2021 Dairyland Showdown in Wisconsin. (Photo: World Racing Group)

Photo Credit: World Racing Group

The A-Main: 2021 Dairyland Showdown Chris Madden was a late addition to the roster of World of Outlaws Late Model regulars this season, but he’s here to contend if the Dairyland Showdown was any indication. Madden led the majority of the $22,500-to-win Saturday night feature at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Wisconsin, keeping a resurgent Brandon …

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Bridesmaid Again: Kyle Larson a Close Second at Darlington

Kyle Larson during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway, 5/9/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martin Truex Jr. may have been the story of the 2021 Goodyear 400, but Kyle Larson almost stole the show. The Hendrick Motorsports driver came within a few car lengths of his first Darlington Raceway victory Sunday (May 9) before settling for second after giving Truex a run for his money in the final laps. …

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Martin Truex Jr. Throws Back to Dominating Ways, Crushes Field at Darlington

Martin Truex Jr. 2021 Darlington 1

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martin Truex Jr. offered a throwback performance on Sunday (May 9) afternoon at Darlington Raceway, returning to his sweeping ways as he won both stages and claimed the checkered flag in the NASCAR Cup Series’ Goodyear 400 for his third win of 2021. The No. 19 was out front for a whopping 248 of 293 laps, …

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Lewis Hamilton Plays Perfect Strategy to Steal 6th Spanish Grand Prix Victory

Lewis Hamilton 2021 Spanish GP F1 Saturday car Formula 1 LAT Images Mercedes AMG

(Photo: LAT Images via Mercedes AMG F1)

After clinching his record smashing 100th career pole Saturday, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes proved why they have been the most dominant team in F1 over the last decade. Using a perfectly executed two stop strategy, Hamilton ran down Max Verstappen to win his sixth career Spanish Grand Prix. Despite dominating the race, Verstappen was left …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Justin Allgaier Checks Darlington Off List; Noah Gragson Disqualified

Justin Allgaier

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Steakhouse Elite 200 at Darlington Raceway began with Dale Earnhardt Jr. pacing the NASCAR Xfinity Series field in a restored No. 8 Chevrolet Nova driven by his father, Dale Earnhardt. The race ended with Justin Allgaier, driving a JR Motorsports throwback scheme to the late Earnhardt, in victory lane. Saturday’s (May 8) race had …

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The Virtual Frontstretch: Issue 12

iRacing Virtual Frontstretch

Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

It was a pretty big week in the iRacing community. There was a surprise NASCAR Next Gen release on Wednesday night (May 5) during the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series race at Darlington Raceway as they were trying it out for the first time. Erik Jones took that victory in a wild pass with two laps …

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Noah Gragson Disqualified at Darlington, AJ Allmendinger Wins Dash 4 Cash

Noah Gragson

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Noah Gragson crossed the finish line fourth at Darlington Raceway but was disqualified during post-race inspection for an issue in the suspension, NASCAR announced Saturday evening (May 8). Following the NASCAR Xfinity Series Steakhouse Elite 200, NASCAR officials inspected the cars of race winner Justin Allgaier, second-place finisher Josh Berry and Gragson, who had won …

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Not a Winner But $100K Richer: Noah Gragson Scores Top-5 Finish at Darlington

Noah Gragson and Austin Cindric racing during the Steakhouse Elite 200 at Darlington Raceway, 5/8/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to show the No. 9 team was disqualified following Saturday’s (May 8) race and did not win the Dash 4 Cash bonus. For more coverage, click here. Noah Gragson initially scored another $100,000 Saturday (May 8) by claiming his third straight Xfinity Dash 4 Cash jackpot, but fell short …

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