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Matt DiBenedetto on Free Agency: ‘I Was Just at a Loss for Words’

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The news finally broke this morning: Matt DiBenedetto is indeed a free agent. DiBenedetto will not return to Wood Brothers Racing’s No. 21 in 2022, with Harrison Burton driving the car in the NASCAR Cup Series after this season. His original replacement, Austin Cindric, will move to Team Penske’s No. 2. After the news came …

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Harrison Burton to Drive For Wood Brothers Racing in 2022

Matt DiBenedetto during the Instacart 500k at Phoenix Raceway, 3/14/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Harrison Burton has been tapped by Wood Brother Racing to drive its iconic No. 21 Ford in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, the team announced Thursday, July 15. Burton, the son of former Cup driver Jeff Burton, will take over the ride from Matt DiBenedetto, who has driven the car since 2020. Austin Cindric …

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Team Penske Taps Austin Cindric to Drive No. 2 Cup Car in 2022

Brad Keselowski during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5/30/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Defending Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric will drive Team Penske’s No. 2 Ford in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022, the organization announced Thursday, July 15. Cindric, 22, will take over the ride from Brad Keselowski, as Team Penske confirmed that the 2012 Cup champion will depart the team to “pursue other opportunities.” Keselowski has …

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Thinkin’ Dirty: 2021 Joker’s Wild at Eldora

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Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Jim DenHamer

The Headline(s) Racing doesn’t stop in the Dakotas, momentum doesn’t stop for Spencer Bayston and the Joker’s Wild returns the King’s Royal festivities to Eldora. Our Feature Spotlights Sunday, July 11, 2021 Spotlight: Northern Outlaw Sprint Association Sprint Cars Where: Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, S.D. (streamed on DirtVision) Why We Chose It: The All-Star Circuit …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Consult Drivers When Making Decisions?

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#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Busch Light For The Farmers, #1: Kurt Busch, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Monster Energy an d #11: Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Freight

This past weekend, there was a lot of noise about the new configuration coming to Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2022. The buzz centered around a few drivers who were vocal about how NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports, the parent company of Atlanta Motor Speedway, did not include the drivers in the discussion for the track’s redesign. …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 Zinsser SmartCoat 200 at Berlin

2021 ARCA Elko Side-by-side Racing Corey Heim, No. 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota, and Ty Gibbs, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (Credit: David Berding/ARCA Racing used with permission)

Photo: David Berding/ARCA Racing used with permission

The Zinsser SmartCoat 200 marks the halfway point in the 2021 ARCA Menards Series season. For the 21st time, Berlin Raceway will host the main ARCA series, but the first time since 2018 when Joe Graf Jr. infamously aggressively drove his way to his lone main ARCA series victory. The 0.438-mile short track in Marne, …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Perception, Reality & NASCAR’s Million-Dollar Problem

2021 Daytona I Cup Aric Almirola car NKP

#10: Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Smithfield

There was once a young driver with a reputation for winning. He built a name for himself at the local bullrings, racing — and sometimes winning — against drivers twice his age and who had been racing before he was born. He scraped together what sponsorship he could, and put more than he could probably …

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Podcast: Sheldon Creed on Dirt Racing, Leaving the Truck Series & Twitter Beef with Marcus Lemonis

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Defending Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed calls it like he sees it, and did so this week on a myriad of topics. He joins Davey Segal to provide his unfiltered thoughts on dirt racing, why he doesn’t want to become a Truck Series lifer, the prospect of moving up the NASCAR ranks, whether or not …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Jordan Anderson’s Team Looks to Continue Overachieving

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#31: Kaz Grala, Jordan Anderson Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Ruedebusch.com

Jordan Anderson will admit that the itch to still get behind the wheel and drive is “still there.” This weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Anderson gets a chance to satisfy that itch, getting behind the wheel of his own car for the second time this year in the Xfinity Series. The first time came …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Should the Truck Series Return to Knoxville Raceway?

Trucks go out four wide before the start of the race at Knoxville, NKP

Four wide start (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Chaos. Fun. Melee. Entertaining. Wild. Great. Expensive. Awesome. Those are just some of the words used to describe last Friday night’s (July 9) Camping World Truck Series visit to the Knoxville Raceway. While it wasn’t the first dirt race for the series, it was a first at the historic Iowa track, and of course, that …

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F1 Midweek: The Race Before the Race – Sprint Race Qualifying at Silverstone Grand Prix

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2021 Austrian Grand Prix, Saturday - Steve Etherington

This weekend, Formula 1 visits the historic Silverstone circuit, the host of the British Grand Prix in intermittent fashion beginning in 1948 and the sole site since 1987. In an effort to add spice to the racing at a track where the races have been somewhat unremarkable over the past few years, F1 will be …

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Kyle Larson to Remain With Hendrick Through 2023

2021 Pocono Cup Kyle Larson car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kyle Larson has signed an extension with Hendrick Motorsports to stay with the team in the NASCAR Cup Series through 2023, according to The Associated Press. The team confirmed the news in a press release. Larson will have sponsorship from HendrickCars.com in the majority of races (35). The website has been aboard the No. 5 …

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