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Dropping the Hammer: Scoreboard, Baby

Alex Bowman and Kyle Busch

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We live in a weird world. No more than five years ago, Alex Bowman‘s racing claim to fame in NASCAR was this: climbing from a Tommy Baldwin Racing car at New Hampshire in 2015 as its right-side tire caught fire and sent the car up in flames. That was it. Aside from two Xfinity Series …

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Stock Car Scoop: Has Alex Bowman Leapfrogged Chase Elliott at Hendrick Motorsports?

Alex Bowman celebrates after scoring the victory for Hendrick Motorsports at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

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Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek are joined by editor and Frontstretch Content Director Michael Massie on Stock Car Scoop to discuss whether Chase Elliott, not one of those winners, is falling down the pecking order at Hendrick Motorsports. Also, is the Toyota resurgence at Las Vegas just a one-off? And can the early season parity we’ve seen in the Cup Series continue for the foreseeable future?

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2022 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas

Alex Bowman does a post-race burnout after winning the 2022 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

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Alex Bowman doubled down on two tires instead of four and hit the jackpot by winning the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday (Mar. 6). Bowman’s seventh career NASCAR Cup Series win came in overtime, prevailing after a thrilling two-lap duel with Hendrick Motorsports teammate and runner-up finisher Kyle Larson.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2022 Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube

Alex Bowman battles alongside the competition in the 2022 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

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Alex Bowman earned his seventh NASCAR Cup win at Las Vegas after a two-tire gamble. What else did we learn from the Pennzoil 400?

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2022 Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway

The NASCAR Cup Series field lines up for the start of the 2022 Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Photo: NKP

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Auto Club Speedway was the first intermediate track of the 2022 season and the first the NASCAR Cup Series has visited since Kansas Speedway last October. The result, though, wasn’t new at all.

Kyle Larson won the last intermediate track race of 2021 and he won the first of 2022 on Sunday (Feb. 27), taking the top spot in the WISE Power 400.

Fronstretch 2-Minute Drill: Wise Power 400 at Auto Club

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts and #99: Daniel Suarez, TrackHouse Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Freeway Insurance

NASCAR is back at Auto Club Speedway for the first time in two years. The last time the Cup and Xfinity Series raced in Fontana, the race ended up being the second-to-last before the COVID-19 pandemic shattered any and all forms of scheduling for major sports in 2020, leading to a two-month stoppage for NASCAR. …

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Stock Car Scoop: Expectations for NASCAR’s Auto Club Return

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For the first time in nearly two full years, NASCAR visits Auto Club Speedway. The California venue hasn’t hosted a stock car event since the spring of 2020, where Alex Bowman dominated en route to a victory, and the Cup Series heads back with the Next Gen cars set to hit the track on Sunday …

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