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NASCAR Mailbox: Over & Underachievers in All 3 National Series

Chris Buescher looks on at Circuit of the Americas NASCAR Cup 2021 NKP

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Who has overachieved and who has underachieved across all three NASCAR national series so far this season? – Rebecca F., Tulsa, Okla. I’ll take this series by series, as there are a lot of drivers/teams to cover with this question. Starting with the Camping World Truck Series, I’ll give a nod to Niece Motorsports’ Carson …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Coca-Cola 600

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One of the NASCAR Cup Series’ crown jewels, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, is finally here. Let’s get your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings rosters set for the race airing on Sunday, May 30 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX and PRN radio. There’s nothing quite like Memorial Day weekend in NASCAR, with teams …

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Fastenal Staying With Roush Fenway Through 2024

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Fastenal will continue to sponsor the No. 17 of Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series through 2024, the team announced Wednesday, May 19. The company has been with the organization since 2010 in the Xfinity Series; it will stay as an anchor partner on the N0. 17 car, currently driven by Chris Buescher. …

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William Byron’s No. 24 Among 4 Cup Teams Penalized After Dover

William Byron with crew chief Rudy Fugle before 2021 Daytona Road course Cup event Photo NKP

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Four NASCAR Cup Series crew chiefs have been given monetary fines following the post-race inspections for the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway last weekend, May 16. The crew chiefs of the Nos. 24, 8, 17, and 37 of William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Chris Buescher and Ryan Preece, respectively, were each forced to pay a …

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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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Goodyear 400 at Darlington

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates in victory lane with trophy after Goodyear 400 throwback Darlington weekend 2021 spring Cup Chris Graythen/Getty

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What happened? Martin Truex Jr. won the Goodyear 400 at Darlington on Sunday (May 9) after leading 248 of 293 laps for his third win of the 2021 season. Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, William Byron and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-five finishers at NASCAR’s Throwback Weekend. One of the best burner-outers in the game …

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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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3 Cup Teams Penalized After Kansas, Truck Engineer Reinstated

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Three teams received penalties following Sunday’s (May 2) NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, all for lug nut-related issues. Penalties were given to the Nos. 1, 17 and 22 teams of Kurt Busch, Chris Buescher and Joey Logano, respectively, after failing post-race inspection. As a result, crew chiefs Matt McCall, Luke Lambert and Paul …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Thoughts on Loose Wheels in Kansas

Corey LaJoie, Joey Logano and Chase Briscoe race three-wide at Kansas Speedway, May 2021. Photo: NKP

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Kansas Speedway is a venue that can often be quite pedestrian. Then again, since the track was reconfigured in 2012, it has shown some teeth from time to time. You never know when it’s going to come out and bite you. Sunday was not really one of those days. Prior to the race, FOX Sports …

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Up to Speed: Inconsistent Calls Embarrass NASCAR in Kansas

Chris Buescher races in the 2021 Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas Speedway, May 2021. Photo: NKP

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If Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was too orderly for the first 200 laps, the ending was full of surprises. A flurry of cautions in the closing laps kept the field bunched together. While the drivers up front were running into each other for the lead, those further back in the pack …

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