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Up to Speed: Which Drivers Are Likely to Tame Darlington in its 2020 NASCAR Return?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The 2020 NASCAR season, paused for about two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is less than a week away from resuming.  The first two races will be held at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, about a two-hour drive from race shops in the Charlotte area.  They include a 400-mile event on Sunday, May 17 …

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Stock Car Scoop: Ryan Newman’s Return, Sim Racing Recaps

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Ryan Newman made a special appearance on FOX Sports’ coverage (April 26) of the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Pending medical clearance, he announced his plan to return to the wheel of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. When will that be?  Find out in the latest edition of Stock …

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Alex Bowman Wins NASCAR Pro Invitational Series GEICO 70 at Talladega

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Alex Bowman scored his first eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series victory on Sunday afternoon (April 26). Bowman survived a chaotic final lap to win NASCAR’s GEICO 70 at virtual Talladega Superspeedway. Corey LaJoie started from the pole position in his Pro Invitational Series debut and put himself in position to win. But his last-gasp effort …

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Frontstretch Podcast: NASCAR Possibly Returning Soon, Alex Bowman Examines Hendrick Motorsports’ Hot Start

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss William Byron going back to back in the Pro Invitational Series as he won at virtual Richmond Raceway on Sunday afternoon (April 19). Timmy Hill scored another top-three finish on Sunday, so Albino and Neff chat how much Hill’s stock has raised due to success …

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Josh Williams Dominates iRacing Replacements 100 at Atlanta

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NASCAR Cup Series spotter Josh Williams crushed the virtual competition in Sunday afternoon’s iRacing Replacements 100, a race at Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted by the sim racing company and Podium eSports. Williams, the spotter for Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney in NASCAR’s premier series, led most of the race en route to running away with the victory …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., Alex Bowman, Bubba Wallace Among NASCAR Stars Going iRacing: Here’s Where and When to Watch

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The NASCAR world is paused for the moment, but a number of drivers and crew members are using iRacing to keep racing going in some form for the time being. Earlier this week, the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak forced the sport of stock car racing into an unprecedented state of suspended animation, with NASCAR postponing the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Alex Bowman’s Rise From the Tram, Jeff Gordon Develops

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last weekend was a busy one. You had the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series teams at Phoenix Raceway. SRO America opened its season at Circuit of the Americas and my niece Londyn turned six on Sunday. That meant that I spent most of the race at Dave & Busters. Today, we’ll focus on the FanShield …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Fan Shield 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Joey Logano’s heart probably sank lower with each late restart. He had the best car in the late going, but he had Phoenix master Kevin Harvick to contend with on the final restarts, and Harvick’s car was fast on short runs. Logano is one of the …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Track Will Go Down As Jimmie Johnson’s Best?

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The Next Gen car in the NASCAR Cup Series will feature a single lug nut to be removed during pit stops. Is this a positive move, and what impact will it have? Adam Cheek: I’m very in the middle. It’s positive in that there’s less of a chance for loose wheels to be an issue, since …

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2-Headed Monster: Does Alex Bowman’s Win at Auto Club Speedway Mean He Should Stay at Hendrick?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Sunday’s Auto Club 400 was certainly a surprise to a lot of people. Alex Bowman went out and dominated the event, leading 110 of the race’s 200 laps. Bowman, a driver with just two previous NASCAR wins before Sunday, was a driver that a lot of people considered to be on the hot seat for …

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