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Did You Notice?: Denny Hamlin Letting Dominant NASCAR Season Slip Through His Fingers

2021 Cup Richmond Denny Hamlin Headshot (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … Denny Hamlin has had the best start to a season statistically in his NASCAR career? Hamlin currently leads the points by 81 over teammate Martin Truex Jr., over a full race’s worth, while piling up eight top-five finishes in nine starts. His average finish of 4.2 is less than half the total …

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Chris Buescher Adds AutoTempest Sponsorship

Chris Buescher walks before 2021 spring Phoenix Cup race Fastenal firesuit Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

AutoTempest has teamed up with Roush Fenway Racing as a primary sponsor for NASCAR Cup Series driver Chris Buescher for two races this season, RFR announced April 20. The debut of the Ford-powered team’s newest primary partner will be on May 2 in the Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas Speedway. “We’re excited to partner …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Toyota Owners 400

Aric Almirola on pit road before racing at Phoenix Raceway in 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who … should you be talking about after the race? The last time a Hendrick Motorsports car visited victory lane at Richmond Raceway, it was the fall race in 2008, and Jimmie Johnson took the checkers in the No. 48 en route to his third consecutive NASCAR Cup Series title. The No. 48 was the …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Are Short Tracks Making a NASCAR Comeback?

Martinsville Speedway as seen from atop the grandstands. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After a couple decades of having become almost an asterisk or footnote in NASCAR news (and sadly many of them falling by the wayside), it seems NASCAR’s short tracks are muscling their way back into the spotlight. To avoid any confusion, let’s look at what the traditional definition of a short track is. Any race …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports 1 Dodges Rain in Martinsville

Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin lead the NASCAR field at Martinsville Speedway, April 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Once again, rain put a damper on a NASCAR race weekend. The sad truth is that everyone saw it coming. The rain that postponed the races to Sunday was predicted three to four days in advance. It just bites. All three races, including Thursday night’s Whelen Modified Tour opener, were affected by rain. At least …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Josh Berry Bags Maiden Win; Joe Graf Jr, Gray Gaulding Come to Blows Post-Race

Josh Berry, No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, Celebrates (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

The Cook Out 250 from Martinsville Speedway is in the books and Josh Berry is officially a NASCAR Xfinity Series winner in only his 13th series start. Berry came home to the checkered flag in front of Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, Ty Gibbs and Brandon Jones – as well as an adoring Martinsville crowd. JR …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 16 – 2021 Bristol Dash

2021 Bristol dirt trucks track overhead Jared C Tilton Getty Images via NASCAR

(Photo: Jared C Tilton/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

The A-Main: Devin Moran pounced when polesitter Ricky Weiss‘s handling started to fade with nine laps to go in Sunday’s rain-delayed Bristol Bash finale, prevailing on a lap 33 restart to win the $25,000 World of Outlaws late model feature. Moran joined Kyle Strickler as only the second repeat winner on the tour so far …

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Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

2021 Martinsville I Cup Martin Truex Jr celebration NKP

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

Who… should you be talking about after the race? The streak of different winners to start 2021 came to an end Sunday at Martinsville Speedway when Martin Truex Jr. took the checkered flag for the second time this season in the rain-delayed Blue Emu 500. Truex didn’t dominate, didn’t even have the best car for most …

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Joe Graf Jr., Gray Gaulding Tangle After Martinsville Xfinity Race

Gray Gaulding prior to the Contender Boats 250, 2/27/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Joe Graf Jr. and Gray Gaulding‘s on-track altercation boiled over into a fight after Sunday’s (April 11) NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway. Tempers flared after an on-track incident with 75 laps remaining in which Gaulding got into Graf from behind. Graf, who was racing with Blaine Perkins, spun out while both his and …

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Fire on Fridays: Let Carl Edwards Retire in Peace

2016 Chicago CUP CArl Edwards Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

In music journalism, there’s a subset of news that’s not terribly common but ever present nonetheless. It usually surrounds a veteran artist or band who hasn’t done x thing in a while — release an album, reunite with the old band, get back on speaking terms with a former collaborator, etc. System of a Down …

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