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5 Points to Ponder: Can NASCAR & Hollywood Mix in L.A.?

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1. NASCAR Racing in L.A. Coliseum? A Hollywood affair? The NASCAR world was caught by surprise with Monday’s (Sept. 6) Labor Day bombshell in The Athletic about a potential 2022 exhibition race in Los Angeles. According to sources in the story, the Busch Clash would be moved from its traditional spot, Daytona International Speedway, to a short …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington

Denny Hamlin celebrates his win in the 2021 Southern 500 at Darlington. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened? Denny Hamlin won the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington on Sunday night (Sept. 5) after narrowly holding off Kyle Larson in the final corner. Larson, Ross Chastain, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five finishers. RETWEET to congratulate @DennyHamlin on his #Southern500 win at @TooToughToTame! What a final corner …

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Hendrick Motorsports Battered & Beaten at Darlington

Hendrick Motorsports Darlington Southern 500

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series regular season was dominated by Hendrick Motorsports, providing plenty of momentum heading into Sunday night’s (Sept. 5) playoff opener at Darlington Raceway.

But whatever momentum they carried into the postseason was largely wiped away over the course of 500 miles at The Lady in Black — at least for three of the organization’s four drivers.

NASCAR Nuggets: Cup Drivers Talk Playoffs, New Packages & New Teams

Kyle busch smiling at NASCAR Cup Michigan race, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Hours before the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 28, 20 drivers of the NASCAR Cup Series stopped by the media bullpen to answer a few questions. One by one, Cup drivers stopped by the gates and spoke about the past, present and future of their careers. There were plenty …

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4 Burning Questions: Who’ll Be Eliminated in Each Cup Playoff Round?

2021 regular season Cup champion Kyle Larson with trophy

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who will be eliminated in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs’ Round of 16? Michael McDowell has been disappointing in the second half of the regular season. He had a strong start to the season in addition to his Daytona 500 win, but he’s 28th in total points in the past 10 races among all Cup …

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Up to Speed: Mistakes Plague Chase Elliott, No. 9 Team at Watkins Glen

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

While no race in the NASCAR Cup Series guarantees a good finish for any driver, Chase Elliott had to feel confident about his chances at Watkins Glen International.  Elliott had won the last two races at The Glen, both during seasons in which Hendrick Motorsports was experiencing a bit of a slump.  Since his last …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Rest of the 2021 NASCAR Season

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ONE: Which Hendrick Motorsports is for real? Hendrick Motorsports caught fire this summer, its best performance in the NASCAR Cup Series since Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson were on the roster in 2014. From Dover International Speedway in May to the first Pocono Raceway event the end of June, HMS won six straight races and …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: First 22 Races of 2021 Cup Season

Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson pack racing, NASCAR Cup Series spring Kansas race, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

2021 NASCAR Season… What happened? Denny Hamlin leads the Cup Series points standings through the first 22 races of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, narrowly ahead of Kyle Larson. William Byron, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano round out the top five in points with four races left in the regular season. How did it …

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Up to Speed: Reviewing NASCAR Playoff Points of the Past

Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex, Jr. two common NASCAR playoff contenders chat at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

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The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs may be approaching quickly, but there are still plenty of playoff points up for grabs.  Each of the four remaining regular season races offer seven NASCAR playoff points – five for the race win plus one for each of two stage wins.  Taken together, there are still 28 playoff points …

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Hendrick’s Nos. 9, 48 Teams Penalized After New Hampshire

Alan Gustafson on Chase Elliott's pit box during the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix, 5/23/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR levied L1 penalties against two Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR Cup Series teams July 24. The Nos. 9 and 48 teams were found to be in violation of Section 20.6.1.e in the NASCAR rule book, which covers engine assembly. The penalty report notes, “When the long block is sealed, the engine must be used in the …

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