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Truckin’ Thursdays: Elimination Looms Large at Bristol

Tyler Ankrum racing in a pack at Bristol Motor Speedway, 2020 NASCAR Truck race, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Sheldon Creed and John Hunter Nemechek are safe with one race left in the first round of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs as the series takes to the (paved) Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday (Sept. 16) night. Anyone who’s been paying attention to the tour at all this year would probably figure that, …

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The Underdog House: Daniel Suarez Endures at Richmond on 9/11

Daniel Suarez stands on pit road at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog: Daniel Suarez Daniel Suarez had a consistent night at Richmond Raceway, posting a 17th-place finish in the Sept. 11 Federated Auto Parts 400. It was his third straight NASCAR Cup Series top 20, finding his footing again with the No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Team after a dismal summer. But on a rough Saturday, …

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Fire on Fridays: Lower-Series Drivers Who Deserve Late-Season Call-Ups

Ty Gibbs smiling at 2021 Michigan NASCAR Xfinity race, holding a Monster drink, Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This would’ve been easier before 2020. Back in the days of qualifying before every NASCAR race (remember those?), anyone approved by NASCAR could show up to a track on the national series schedule and try to put their car in the show. Whether they should’ve been there was of little importance; as long as they …

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The Underdog House: Bubba Wallace Nets Daytona Runner-Up in Game of Survival

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(Photo: James Gilbert/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

Top Dog: Bubba Wallace With the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway (Aug. 28) playing host to the regular season finale, everyone knew that anything could happen. Look no further than Michael McDowell opening the year for the underdogs in a strong way by winning the prestigious Daytona 500. With 15 drivers eligible …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Meet the 2021 Truck Series Playoff Drivers, Part II

Matt Crafton

#88: Matt Crafton, ThorSport Racing, Toyota Tundra Jack Links/Menards

Author’s Note: This is part two of the two-part series looking at the 2021 Camping World Truck Series playoff drivers. Those who are seeded first through fifth were run last week and can be found here. The playoffs kick-off at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Friday night (Aug. 20) at 9 p.m. ET on …

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Carson Hocevar Returning to Niece in 2022

2021 Charlotte I Trucks carson hocevar truck NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After running his first full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season in 2021 with Niece Motorsports, 18-year-old Carson Hocevar will return race again full-time with the Truck team in 2022, it announced Aug. 17. “I’m so excited and thankful for the chance to race full time again with Niece Motorsports in 2022,” Hocevar said in …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Leads Sluggish NASCAR Underdog Return After Olympic Break

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Setting For a brief moment, I was wondering if it was either August or February when NASCAR returned to the track. After a two-week layoff for the Olympics, drivers and teams returned to Watkins Glen International in New York as the grind for the season’s remainder commenced. Watching the Olympics made me entertain the …

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After Winchester Incident, Corey Heim Wins ARCA Race at Watkins Glen

2021 ARCA Watkins Glen Corey Heim Victory Lane (Credit: Zach Sturniolo)

(Photo: Zach Sturniolo)

After he was spun from the lead by Ty Gibbs in the most recent ARCA Menards Series race, Corey Heim passed Gibbs, took advantage of mechanical issues for Chase Briscoe, and won the Clean Harbors 100 at Watkins Glen International. It’s his fifth win of this season and sixth of his career. It’s Heim’s first …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 Clean Harbors 100 at Watkins Glen

2021 ARCA Mid-Ohio Racing Stanton Barrett, No. 12 Fast Track Racing Toyota (Credit: Emilee/Chinn/ARCA Racing used with permission)

Photo: Emilee Chinn/ARCA Racing used with permission

You know that Ty Gibbs vs. Corey Heim rivalry? Yeah, it intensified in the most recent ARCA Menards Series race at Winchester Speedway. After racing at a short track, now these two get to duel with 28 other competitors making left and right turns at Watkins Glen International. The Clean Harbors 100 will be the …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: 3 Races Left to Set Playoff Field

Camping World Truck Series

#26: Tyler Ankrum, GMS Racing, Chevrolet Silverado LiUNA!, #88: Matt Crafton, ThorSport Racing, Toyota Tundra Jack Links/Menards

Just three races remain on the 2021 Camping World Truck Series schedule before 10 drivers will face off in hopes of snagging this year’s championship. John Hunter Nemechek (four wins), Ben Rhodes (two wins), Sheldon Creed (one win) and Todd Gilliland (one win) have all locked themselves into this year’s playoffs with wins this season. …

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