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Reel Racing: Stanton Barrett Chats Hollywood Stunt Work and Motorsports Career (Part 1)

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Stanton Barrett has enjoyed careers of more than 30 years in both auto racing and as a Hollywood stuntman, putting his prowess behind the wheel to use in both industries. Barrett has made 230 starts across NASCAR’s top three series over the past three decades, mostly in Xfinity competition, and has added some appearances in …

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Did You Notice? 7 NASCAR Drivers on the Hot Seat 7 Weeks Into 2021

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Did You Notice? … Crazy enough, the 2021 NASCAR season is already two months old headed to Saturday night’s (April 10) race at Martinsville Speedway. The sport’s top three series are all at least 20% through their regular season schedules; the Camping World Truck Series is a third of the way there. It’s a large …

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Frontstretch 5: Worst NASCAR Rookie Performances in Recent Memory

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The 2020 NASCAR rookie class in the Cup Series was a memorable one, with Cole Custer prevailing over four other drivers and winning the award after being the only rookie driver to make the playoffs. For 2021, the freshman class is down to two drivers. Unfortunately, they haven’t had the kindest of beginnings in their …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Will a JTG Daugherty Car Make the Playoffs?

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Coming off a second-place finish on Bristol Dirt, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is solidly inside the top 15 in points (with Ryan Preece 18th as an open car). Will either JTG Daugherty Racing driver make the playoffs? – Harold C., St. Louis, Missouri This is the million-dollar question (literally) for Tad and Jodi Geschickter, as well …

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F1 Midweek: Max Verstappen’s Slow Pace and More

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The Formula 1 season is enjoying the first of its two weeks off before resuming in Italy on the weekend of April 18. That means the news cycle is slow and everyone is offering very little in the way of salvos or defenses. In fact, the past week has been dreadfully boring. After Sir Lewis …

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Joey Gase Honoring Davey Allison, Driving No. 28 at Talladega

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Joey Gase will honor Davey Allison with a commemorative paint scheme when NASCAR visits Talladega Superspeedway later this month. Gase will drive the No. 28 in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series races at Talladega, Gase announced April 6. The schemes celebrate the life of Allison, who died in a July 1993 helicopter crash, …

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Dropping the Hammer: The Justin Allgaier Reset

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You don’t need me to remind you how long, hot and weird the summer of 2020 was. A lot of it’s a blur, for better or worse. But one moment that’s stuck with me in the ensuing year came on June 1. That night, the Xfinity Series competed at Bristol Motor Speedway in its third …

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5 Points to Ponder: Dirt & Road Courses Forever?

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1: Bristol Dirt Experiment a Win (For Now) First it took decades for the NASCAR Cup Series to return to a dirt track, albeit one that isn’t generally a dirt track but rather Bristol Motor Speedway covered with dirt. Then it took an extra day for the race to actually be run, since apparently Mother …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Diving Into Formula 1: Drive to Survive for the 1st Time

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For race fans, Easter weekend is one of the leanest weekends of the year. All three of NASCAR’s National-level Series were off, along with Formula 1 and IMSA. There was no live racing on television. The only stuff available was tape-delayed action and action on the internet. There is MotoGP, but their TV deal with …

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Entry List: 2021 Cook Out 250

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns after a two-week break following the EchoPark 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Forty-three cars are entered for the Cook Out 250 fighting for 40 spots. Andy Lally, Jordan Anderson and Ronnie Bassett Jr. will not qualify for the race, barring any changes. Matt Jaskol will make his Xfinity Series debut …

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