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Dropping the Hammer: We’re Talking About Practice, Man

Kyle Busch at COTA

(Photo: Speedway Motorsports)

Brace yourself. For a limited summer engagement, things are going back to “normal” in NASCAR land. In a confluence of events — the rapid lifting of COVID-19 attendance restrictions and how NASCAR’s 2021 schedule is laid out — four of the next six points paying NASCAR Cup race weekends will feel like they’re happening in …

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Thinkin’ Dirty: 2021 King of the Commonwealth at Virginia Motor Speedway

Virginia Motor Speedway winner Brandon Overton rejoices after winning at Eldora Speedway (May 2021).

Photo Credit: World Racing Group

The A-Main: Virginia Motor Speedway There’s no disputing it, “Big Sexy” Brandon Overton is the undisputed King of the Commonwealth. Fresh off a $5,000 win at the Natural Bridge Speedway on Friday, Overton scored a come-from-behind victory in the King race at Virginia Motor Speedway Saturday night (May 15), winning $20,000 under the Ultimate Super …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Drydene 400

Daniel Suarez at the 2021 Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway, May 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… should you be talking about after Drydene 400? Raise your hand if you picked Alex Bowman to be just the second NASCAR Cup Series driver to score multiple wins in 2021. Yeah, me either. Bowman has become a steady wheelman, one who’s there to challenge at the end more often. That late-race strength paid …

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SRX Saturday: Michael Waltrip on Series Competitors, Cup Career & Superspeedway Racing

16 February 2011 Daytona Beach Florida USA Michael Waltrip 2011Nigel Kinrade Autostock

16 February, 2011, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA Michael Waltrip ©2011,Nigel Kinrade Autostock

Michael Waltrip is one of 10 full-time drivers participating in the Superstar Racing Experience, a racing series founded by Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham (among others) debuting on June 12, 2021 at Stafford Motor Speedway. Six races comprise the inaugural season, with full-time drivers set to contest 100 laps at each track outside of Slinger …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Too Early to Engrave the NASCAR Cup Series Trophy

#19: Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro celebrates his win with grandfather clock

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martin Truex Jr. certainly put on a show at Darlington last Sunday, leading 248 of 292 laps on the way to his 30th career victory and third of 2021. He’s the only driver with more than one win through 12 races this season. So, with the halfway point of NASCAR’s regular season this weekend at …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Darlington Presents Challenges to FOX

Race action in the 2021 Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway, May 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photgraphy)

Throwback weekend is a great time. I’ve never been to Darlington, but I have a standing offer to go and stay with my friend’s parents if I ever go. Had they kept the Southern 500 in early April, I would have taken them up on it. Even with two dates, the schedule doesn’t really work …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Goodyear 400

Kyle Larson and Chris Buescher race at Darlington Raceway, Goodyear 400, May 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… should you be talking about after the Goodyear 400? Martin Truex Jr. dominated Sunday (May 9), leading 248 of 293 laps at Darlington Raceway on the way to his 30th career victory. Truex becomes the 28th driver in NASCAR history to win 30 or more races and sits sixth among active drivers in career wins. Truex …

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

2021 Martinsville I Cup Alex bowman NKP

#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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Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Could Score Birthday Wins in 2021

Erik Jones 2021 Kansas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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Remembering Eric McClure: A Racing Hero to a Fellow Virginian

Eric McClure 2016 Xfinity smiling Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

If there’s one adage that’s held true during my decade covering races with Frontstretch, it’s been “don’t meet your heroes.” Virginia’s Eric McClure, who died Sunday (May 2) at the age of 42, was a rare exception to that rule. Yes, I went out of my way to say Virginia’s Eric McClure. There’s a reason …

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