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Stock Car Scoop: Who Will be Kyle Larson’s Toughest Challenger for the 2021 Cup Title?

Kyle Busch talks with crewmember at 2021 Circuit of the Americas NASCAR Cup race, M&Ms sponsor, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series traveled to Pocono Raceway for the only doubleheader of the year this weekend. Over two days (June 25-26), the action did not disappoint with lead changes occurring within the final two laps of each event. Alex Bowman prevailed on Saturday after Kyle Larson blew a tire; then, on Sunday, Kyle Busch …

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Kyle Busch Saves Just Enough Fuel, Wins Pocono Stuck in 4th Gear

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Halfway through the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday (June 27), Kyle Busch‘s day took what seemed like a downward turn. Busch suffered transmission problems and his car wouldn’t go up through the gears properly, forcing driver and team to stick the car in fourth gear for the remainder of the …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 at Pocono

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Sunday (June 27) afternoon’s NASCAR Cup Series race has quite the status to live up to after what happened less than 24 hours before. On Saturday, Kyle Larson was seemingly on cruise control, having battled and overcome Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman in the waning laps of the Pocono Organics CBD 325 to take the …

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Kyle Larson Crashes Out While Leading On Last Lap at Pocono

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Kyle Larson hadn’t lost a NASCAR Cup Series race in nearly a month. The driver of the No. 5 was riding a streak of three straight points-paying wins and four consecutive triumphs (including the All-Star Race), the most recent win at Nashville Superspeedway last weekend, heading to Pocono Raceway. Prior to Saturday (June 26) afternoon’s …

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Alex Bowman Wins Pocono After Kyle Larson Cuts Tire on Last Lap

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Kyle Larson was well on his way to his fourth consecutive NASCAR Cup Series win, which would rank him alongside legends like Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt in the record books. Then, in true Hollywood fashion, on the last corner of the last lap, he cut a tire. His teammate Alex Bowman, who …

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Why Pride Month Matters to Alex Bowman’s Sponsor, Ally Financial

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

When Alex Bowman‘s No. 48 Chevrolet took to Sonoma Raceway on June 6, it did so with a special decal, one that sponsor Ally Financial shared on Twitter. With a rainbow-colored “a” above the phrase “better together,” the emblem commemorated Pride Month. Frontstretch asked Andrea Brimmer, Ally’s chief marketing and public relations officer, Saturday (June …

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Alex Bowman, Ally Re-Up With Hendrick Through 2023

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Alex Bowman is staying with Hendrick Motorsports through at least 2023. Bowman and sponsor Ally announced a two-year extension with Hendrick Motorsports June 18. “(I’m) excited about it (and) obviously excited to continue to work with Ally and drive the No. 48 car,” Bowman said in a team release. “It’s been a lot of fun …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas

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What happened? Kyle Larson won the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas on Sunday (June 13) after a bold pass for the lead in the final round. Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five finishers. YUNG MONEY LARSON.@KyleLarsonRacin wins for the third week in a row, winning the #AllStarRace for …

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NASCAR and #BlackLivesMatter, 1 Year Later: Part 5

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Fans hold a sign in support of Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Cash App Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on August 02, 2020 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Was it worth it? A year later, was NASCAR’s condemnation and banishment of the Confederate flag on June 10, 2020, worth the short-term controversies, confusion and the Defund NASCAR banner seen flying over Talladega Superspeedway? Was it worth alienating hard core fans in an effort to invite an audience of minorities that previously wouldn’t have …

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Up to Speed: Will a Teammate Battle Decide the 2021 NASCAR Championship?

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Teammates in NASCAR often have to walk a fine line.  Drivers who compete for the same multi-car organization usually show a certain level of on-track courtesy to each other.  However, racing in NASCAR does not have the same level of comprehensive cooperation among teammates that you sometimes see in other motorsports.  Racers are expected, and …

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