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NASCAR Stat Sheet: AJ Allmendinger Ahead of the Curb In Indy Win

AJ Allmendinger celebrates his win in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, August 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kirade Photography)

AJ Allmendinger may be competing for the championship in the NASCAR Xfinity Series but he still occasionally finds time to dabble in the sport’s top level. After Sunday’s (Aug. 15) NASCAR Cup Series race on the Indianapolis road course, he’s quite glad to have participated in that one. Allmendinger picked up his second career win, …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Turn 6 Curb Was Not Appealing

Kyle Larson during the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 8/15/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. The Turn 6 curb was not appealing If you have seen the highlights, you know one of the premier storylines from this historic 2021 August edition of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Turn 6 was problematic all race weekend, from the second either a NASCAR or IndyCar turned onto the asphalt. Scott McLaughlin and …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Things look a little different this year for the NASCAR Cup Series’ visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Well, a lot different, actually. Instead of running the 2.5-mile oval at the famed facility, NASCAR’s premier series will instead take to the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Grand Prix course that winds its way through the infield on Sunday (Aug. …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Austin Cindric Delivers Penske Sweep; Turtle and Curb Misery

2021 Indy road Indianapolis NXS Austin Cindric kiss the bricks NKP

Austin Cindric kissing the bricks after winning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Saturday’s (Aug. 14) doubleheader began with the NTT IndyCar Series’ Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix, which Will Power, a Team Penske driver, won. Twenty-eight cars were in that race, and four of them were owned by Roger Penske. The Captain had a one-in-seven shot at winning. When the NASCAR Xfinity Series took its turn …

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Austin Cindric Wins at Indianapolis Road Course in Xfinity

2021 Indy road Indianapolis NXS Austin Cindric burnout NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Xfinity Series took to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard and Austin Cindric drove away from the field to get the win Saturday (Aug. 14). This is the second of three major American motorsports events this weekend with the NTT IndyCar Series taking to the track …

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Austin Cindric Tops Xfinity Practice on Indy Road Course

Austin Cindric during the Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey 200 at Watkins Glen International, 8/7/2021 (Photo; Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Austin Cindric led the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ lone practice session of the weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Friday (Aug. 13). The Team Penske driver posted a fast lap at an average of 95.154 mph. He bested Sam Mayer by a little under two-tenths of a second in the final minutes of …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Ty Gibbs Shows Off Undeniable Talent at The Glen

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#54: Ty Gibbs, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra Monster Energy (credit: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If you are part of the crowd that believes Ty Gibbs is driving a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Xfinity Series based purely on who his grandfather is, hopefully, his performance on Saturday at Watkins Glen International changed your mind. Gibbs led a race-high 43 laps and outdueled — cleanly — two of …

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Zach’s Turn: Team Penske in Midst of Massive Upheaval

Team Penske Joey Logano Brad Keselowski New Hampshire 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Team Penske has been the beacon of stability in NASCAR for the past eight years. That cohesion was officially upended one week ago when Roger Penske confirmed Brad Keselowski’s departure from Team Penske by announcing Austin Cindric will transition into the No. 2 Ford for the 2022 season. Change is extraordinarily rare at Team Penske, …

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Stock Car Scoop: Reaction to Silly Season News, New Hampshire Preview

Harrison Burton smiles in his DEX Imaging firesuit at 2021 Road America NASCAR Xfinity race, photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The usual suspects on Stock Car Scoop are back: Frontstretch‘s Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek reunite to discuss the favorites for the NASCAR Cup Series’ visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday (July 18), its only race there this year. Nolen and Cheek also break down the announcement of Harrison Burton climbing the ladder …

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4 Burning Questions: What’s Next for Xfinity Silly Season?

Austin Cindric wins 2021 Pocono NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who did Wood Brothers Racing hire? After a hint from Door Bumper Clear earlier in the week, it was made official July 15 that in 2022, Austin Cindric will take over the No. 2 for Team Penske in the NASCAR Cup Series while Harrison Burton will take over the venerable No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing …

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