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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Larson-y in Sonoma As the No. 5 Team Steals Another Trophy

Kyle Larson celebrates his NASCAR Cup Series victory at Sonoma raceway, June 2021. Photo: NKP

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Kyle Larson is one of the more naturally capable drivers in motorsports today. Since landing on one of the best teams in NASCAR prior to the start of the year, he’s made the most of his second chance. Along the way, Larson has been racking up the stats. Leading laps, winning stages, and finishing well …

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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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Fire on Fridays: Here’s Who Should Replace Brad Keselowski in the No. 2

Brad Keselowski stands by his No. 2 Team Penske Ford at Kansas Speedway (May 2021). (Photo: NKP)

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Brad Keselowski‘s foray into NASCAR Cup Series ownership seems to be a done deal, depending on who you ask. And aside from the question of where Keselowski would fit in at Roush Fenway Racing — new car? Replacing an existing driver? — there’s also the case of his current ride, Team Penske’s No. 2. Which …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Coca-Cola 600

2021 Cup Charlotte Pack Racing - Erik Jones, No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet (Credit: NKP)

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Who… should you be talking about after the Coca-Cola 600? Kyle Larson cruised to his second win of the season at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday (May 30) with a whopping 10-second lead on second place. With Larson’s victory, Hendrick Motorsports passed Richard Petty Motorsports to set a NASCAR record with 269 wins as an organization. …

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Ryan Newman Wants to Keep Racing Amid Brad Keselowski Ownership Rumors

Ryan Newman

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Ryan Newman wants to keep racing beyond 2021. The problem he faces is it may not be his decision. Amid reports that Brad Keselowski will head to Roush Fenway Racing to become driver of the No. 6 Ford and part-owner of Roush-Fenway-Keselowski Racing, the future of Newman’s career sits unstable. While nothing has officially been …

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Stock Car Scoop: Is the Coca-Cola 600 Too Long of a Race?

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

The NASCAR Cup Series travels to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the longest race of the year…but is it too long of a race? Frontstretch’s Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek discuss that, the “ultimate race weekend” possibly losing some of its buildup, race picks and more. Sign up for Stock Car Scoop on Apple Podcasts and …

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Did Ryan Blaney Confirm Brad Keselowski to Become Car Owner?

Brad Keselowski NASCAR Phoenix 2021

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The report that Brad Keselowski will be part-owner for Roush Fenway Racing starting next season may have just been confirmed by current Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney. During a media availability session after practice Friday (May 28) at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Blaney was asked if he knew anything about Keselowski’s plans. ”I didn’t hear anything …

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Fire on Fridays: How Do We Revive Indianapolis-Charlotte Double?

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Is the Memorial Day weekend double dead? If so, how do we bring it back? A true test of a driver’s pure talent and versatility is for them to compete in the both the NTT IndyCar Series’ Indianapolis 500 and the NASCAR Cup Series’ Coca-Cola 600. Several have done it since Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 600-mile …

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Did You Notice?: 2021 NASCAR Midseason Awards

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It’s hard to believe, but we’re already over halfway through NASCAR’s 26-race regular season in the Cup Series. 2021 has given us a little bit of everything: Cinderella stories (Michael McDowell’s Daytona 500 win), parity at the top (11 winners in 14 races) and a whole lot of Mother Nature raining on NASCAR’s parade (see: …

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5 Points to Ponder: Do You Need to See Where You’re Going to Race in NASCAR?

Kurt Busch races in the rain during the NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas (May 2021). (Photo: NKP)

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1. COTA was pretty fun … except when no NASCAR driver could see anything It’s not clear how anyone at NASCAR can make a solid determination about whether the national series should return to Circuit of the Americas in 2021. On paper, COTA seemed like it would make for an amazing addition to the NASCAR …

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