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Dropping the Hammer: We’re Talking About Practice, Man

Kyle Busch at COTA

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Brace yourself. For a limited summer engagement, things are going back to “normal” in NASCAR land. In a confluence of events — the rapid lifting of COVID-19 attendance restrictions and how NASCAR’s 2021 schedule is laid out — four of the next six points paying NASCAR Cup race weekends will feel like they’re happening in …

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Stock Car Scoop: How Did Hendrick Motorsports Finish 1-2-3-4 at Dover?

Alex Bowman and William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports chat at Daytona International Speedway (February 2021). (Photo: NKP)

#48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally and #24: William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Axalta

The NASCAR Cup Series traveled to Dover International Speedway Sunday (May 16), where Alex Bowman led a historic Hendrick Motorsports 1-2-3-4 sweep in the 2021 Drydene 400. It’s the first time in the organization’s 37-year history they’ve swept the top four spots in a Cup race. What helped the organization trounce the rest of the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Drydene 400 at Dover

2021 Cup Dover Alex Bowman Woo Hoo (Credit: NKP)

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What happened at Dover? Alex Bowman won the Drydene 400 at Dover on Sunday (May 16) after taking the lead on pit road and leading the final 97 laps. Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron and Joey Logano rounded out the top-five finishers. To the No. 48 pit crew … … this one's for you! …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Drydene 400

Daniel Suarez at the 2021 Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway, May 2021. Photo: NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after Drydene 400? Raise your hand if you picked Alex Bowman to be just the second NASCAR Cup Series driver to score multiple wins in 2021. Yeah, me either. Bowman has become a steady wheelman, one who’s there to challenge at the end more often. That late-race strength paid …

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Up to Speed: Who’s the Biggest Championship Threat at Hendrick Motorsports?

Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, chats with Kyle Larson at Atlanta Motor Speedway (March 2021). (Photo: NKP)

#5: Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro HendrickCars.com, Rick Hendrick

Rick Hendrick will not forget Sunday’s (May 16) race at Dover International Speedway anytime soon.  His quartet of Cup Series drivers conquered Miles the Monster, earning the first 1-2-3-4 finish for the team in its 37-year history.  The sight of the No. 48 Chevrolet rolling into victory lane was certainly a familiar one, but this …

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Hendrick Motorsports Dominates Dover, Sweeps Top 4 Positions

Kyle Larson leads the field in the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway, May 2021.

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Last week at Darlington Raceway was, as Martin Truex Jr. put it, an ass-whooping. Sunday’s Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway was more of the same–just by an entire organization. Alex Bowman earned his second victory of the season, fourth of his career and first at Dover, leading the charge for Hendrick Motorsports who finished …

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NASCAR 101: Why Dover Is the House of Hendrick

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If there is a track in the NASCAR Cup Series schedule that belongs to any team, look no further than Hendrick Motorsports at Dover International Speedway. By all means, Hendrick has a stellar record at the Monster Mile. The juggernaut stock car organization has won 19.4% of the 103 races at Dover. Moreover, when considering …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2021 NASCAR Manufacturer Parity Among Ford, Chevy & Toyota

All three NASCAR manufacturers (Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota) battle at Kansas Speedway. (Photo: NKP) Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott

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1: NASCAR manufacturer parity … At the top 12 races into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, it’s clear three organizations have separated from the rest of the pack. Joe Gibbs Racing (with Darlington Raceway winner Martin Truex Jr.), Team Penske and Hendrick Motorsports are the sport’s new Big 3, sweeping 10 of the top …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Goodyear 400

Kyle Larson and Chris Buescher race at Darlington Raceway, Goodyear 400, May 2021. Photo: NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after the Goodyear 400? Martin Truex Jr. dominated Sunday (May 9), leading 248 of 293 laps at Darlington Raceway on the way to his 30th career victory. Truex becomes the 28th driver in NASCAR history to win 30 or more races and sits sixth among active drivers in career wins. Truex …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Goodyear 400

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It’s time once again for NASCAR’s throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, though much earlier in the season than previous years. Let’s get your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings lineups set for the Goodyear 400 on Sunday, May 9. Last year the Cup Series took to the Lady in Black three times, including the first two events …

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4 Burning Questions: The Vaccine Column

#16: A.J. Allmendinger, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Ellsworth Advisors and #11: Justin Haley, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro LeafFilter Gutter Protection at Homestead-Miami Speedway, March 2021. Photo: NKP

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What is the COVID situation currently? It has now been two weeks since the COVID-19 vaccines were made available to all adults in the United States, and it’s clear that the key to getting this virus under control is getting as many people as possible vaccinated. This is certainly not a political issue. Regardless of …

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Beside the Rising Tide: NASCAR Random Notes, Late April 2021

Chase Elliott leads a pack of NASCAR race cars at Daytona International Speedway, February 2021. Photo: NKP

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If the lingering pandemic has done nothing else, it certainly has increased the amount of spare time I have on my hands Fridays and Saturdays. I’ve been at this NASCAR writing gig now for going on three decades, and it’s my strong preference to develop an outline for my Tuesday column by Saturday morning, start …

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