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Dropping the Hammer: The Next Gen Car vs. the Internet

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On Monday morning (July 19), NASCAR alerted media members about the state of the Next Gen car. Following a review of data from a June 30 crash test at Talladega Superspeedway, an independent safety panel has given the Cup Series’ new car for 2022 a clean bill of health. According to NBC Sports, NASCAR told …

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Did You Notice?: Communication Between NASCAR Drivers, Executives at Crossroads

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR drama between drivers and executives has been building at a breakneck pace? It all started with last week’s Atlanta Motor Speedway repave announcement from Speedway Motorsports, Inc. President Marcus Smith. After 24 years under the current configuration, the track will be getting a facelift with both fresh asphalt and an altered …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Does NASCAR Have a Communication Problem?

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Drivers seemed pissed off more than normal this weekend. Repave/reconfiguration at Atlanta, Next Gen safety concerns. Why the sudden anger? – Rick P., Salem, Ore. I’ve never seen Cool Hand Luke, but I know the quote from that movie that holds water and will for years and years to come in human society is this …

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Chase Briscoe’s Team Penalized After Road America

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Following the Jockey Made in America 250 in the NASCAR Cup Series at Road America on July 4, Johnny Klausmeier, the crew chief of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford driven by Chase Briscoe, has been suspended for one race for a lug nut violation, NASCAR announced July 6. Two unsecured lug nuts were found …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Ally 400 at Nashville

Kyle Larson holds up the Ally 400 trophy at Nashville Superspeedway. (Photo: NKP)

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What happened? Kyle Larson won the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday (June 20) after another incredible performance for his third consecutive points-race win (fourth counting the All-Star Race).  Ross Chastain, William Byron, Aric Almirola and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five finishers. Charlotte: Kyle LarsonSonoma: Kyle Larson All-Star Race: Kyle Larson@NashvilleSuperS: Kyle Larson@KyleLarsonRacin …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: All-Star Open & All-Star Race at Texas

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Texas may have lost one of its points-paying dates, but it gained one of NASCAR’s landmark events for 2021 in the form of the June 13 All-Star festivities. Eligibility for the annual race, long held at Charlotte Motor Speedway before moving to Bristol Motor Speedway in 2020 and then to the Lone Star State, is …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

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A full 500 miles of racing have already been completed on Sunday (May 30) with Helio Castroneves‘ historic win in the Indianapolis 500 kicking off a full day of motorsports, but 600 miles loom ahead of the NASCAR Cup Series for the evening’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The normally busy day was cut …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Ty Gibbs Spins and Wins at Charlotte

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In February, Ty Gibbs briefly went dirt trackin’, making a pass in the grass, before winning on the road course at Daytona International Speedway. You can now check “spin and win” off the list of ways Gibbs has won a race. In Saturday’s (May 29) Alsco Uniforms 300, he spun exiting turn 4 coming to …

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Ty Gibbs Takes Home Alsco Uniforms 300 For 2nd Career Win

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In an unmarked, unsponsored Toyota Supra, Ty Gibbs became the youngest Charlotte Motor Speedway winner when he held on to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series ALSCO Uniforms 300 on Saturday (May 29). “It’s definitely nice to win on an oval, especially in my hometown,” Gibbs told FOX Sports 1, mentioning his blank Supra. “There’s a …

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Zach’s Turn: Why Did NASCAR Allow Such Dangerous Conditions at COTA?

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By now, everyone knows how miserably wet the NASCAR Cup Series’ inaugural event at Circuit of the Americas was. The looming question, though, is why NASCAR allowed Sunday’s (May 23) EchoPark Texas Grand Prix to be marred by such treacherous conditions. Before we delve into the calamity that took place around the 20-turn course, a …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Echopark Texas Grand Prix

Chase Briscoe smiling at 2021 Homestead Cup race. (Photo: NKP)

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Who … should you be talking about after the Echopark Texas Grand Prix? More than a few people were surprised the defending NASCAR Cup Series champion went this deep into the year without a win. But no one was shocked that Chase Elliott picked up that first victory of 2021 Sunday (May 23) at Circuit …

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Into NASCAR’s Unknown: Road Course Winds of Change Blowing Left and Right

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March 2, 2021: Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. ( +CMS-HHP-Harold Hinson)

A grand total of 13 weeks remain in the NASCAR Cup Series 2021 regular season. Nearly 40% of those races will be road courses. Cup drivers will be turning left right at Circuit of the Americas this Sunday (May 23), as well as at Sonoma Raceway (June 6), Road America (July 4), Watkins Glen International …

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