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2021 Cup Series Awards: Memorable Finishes, Quotes & Cars

Kyle Larson at Darlington

(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Hello, and welcome to Frontstretch‘s 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Awards Banquet, I’m your host, Daniel McFadin. Thank you for joining us today at the Thomas Bowles Memorial Rec Hall. Today, we gather to acknowledge what wasn’t celebrated at last week’s NASCAR Champions Week banquet in Nashville. We all know who won the championship, most popular …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Race Martinsville Xfinity Event in Spring 2022

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced his planned entry in next year’s spring NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Martinsville Speedway on April 8 on his Dale Jr. Download podcast Tuesday (Oct. 26). “I love short tracks. People ask me all the time, ‘What was your favorite track?’ I either say Martinsville or Bristol,” Earnhardt Jr. said on his podcast. …

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Friday Faceoff: Candy Eggs, Easter Bunnies & NASCAR Racing?

Alex Bowman at 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Michigan race

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kurt Busch and Alex Bowman are tied for the final playoff position above the cutoff heading to Bristol Motor Speedway. Who has the better odds of claiming the 12th slot? Luken Glover: Kurt Busch has a whopping six wins in Thunder Valley, including five top 10s in the last seven races at Bristol. In 10 starts …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Josh Williams in Spotlight Thanks to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Josh Williams in Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If you’re a casual follower of the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Josh Williams probably did not resonate strongly around this time a week ago. In a series marked by NASCAR Cup Series interlopers and well-funded operations, there’s the other half of the garage where drivers like Williams reside. Whereas some drivers may define success as a …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Richmond Brings Self-Reflection to NBCSN

2021 Richmond II Cup Martin Truex Jr pack racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Richmond races for the Cup Series have not necessarily been the most competitive in recent years. Honestly, they’ve been Joe Gibbs Racing benefits. Saturday night’s race was no different, despite 21 lead changes. Naturally, given that Saturday was Sept. 11, the anniversary of the terrorist attacks was front and center. Countdown to Green had a …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Late Cautions Elevate Noah Gragson to Victory; Dale Jr. Finishes 14th

2021 Richmond II NXS Noah Gragson drinking Sean Gardner Getty

(Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

It seems all it took for Noah Gragson to win in 2021 was to sign a new contract with JR Motorsports for 2022. For the first time in his NASCAR Xfinity Series career, he has won back-to-back races, winning the Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway on Saturday.  Last week Gragson won at Darlington. Gragson …

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Stock Car Scoop: Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. Return to Victory Lane at Richmond?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. smiling at 2018 NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Richmond Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday (Sept. 11) night, the second race of the playoffs’ Round of 16. Denny Hamlin got his first win of the year last week, and that No. 11 team is heading to a track the driver’s won at multiple times. …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Chances of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Victory Are Actually High

Dale Earnhardt Jr smiling

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Don’t get this return of a soon-to-be NASCAR Hall of Famer twisted, Dale Earnhardt Jr. chose his annual one-off NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway for a reason. It’s because he wants to win. The son of Dale Earnhardt is no slouch when it comes to the ¾-mile short track that is Richmond, …

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Dropping the Hammer: Staying Young With Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr at Talladega

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For one day a year, either on a Friday night or a Saturday afternoon, I get to be 13 years old again. Normally, that wouldn’t be a positive. Being 13, at least as a seventh grader in 2004, sucked. I don’t think you need me to tell you about the horrors of middle school. However, …

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NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Induction Ceremony Set for January

Dale Earnhardt Jr

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2021 will be honored with an induction ceremony in January 2022, NASCAR and the Hall of Fame announced Sept. 8. The events were originally set for the beginning of this year but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are now scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 20-22, 2022. …

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