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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Couldn’t Salvage Lackluster Martinsville Cup Race

Chase Elliott leads a pack of NASCAR racecars at Martinsville Speedway, April 2022. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martinsville is often a track that fans, drivers and media alike look forward to. The weekend resulted in very different races. The NASCAR Xfinity Series was a bit of a wreckfest. Meanwhile, the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 was another story. Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 Saturday night saw the NASCAR Cup Series rumble into …

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Sam Mayer Scores Best Career Xfinity Result, Dash 4 Cash Bonus

2022 Xfinity Richmond Sam Mayer check

(Photo: Adam Cheek)

RICHMOND, Va – Saturday (April 2) at Richmond Raceway didn’t just end with Sam Mayer scoring his best career Xfinity Series finish in the ToyotaCare 250. He also walked away with $100,000, represented by an oversized check presented to him and the No. 1 JR Motorsports team after the race. Mayer’s 24 previous starts, over …

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Dropping the Hammer: Scoreboard, Baby

Alex Bowman and Kyle Busch

Getty Images via NASCAR Media

We live in a weird world. No more than five years ago, Alex Bowman‘s racing claim to fame in NASCAR was this: climbing from a Tommy Baldwin Racing car at New Hampshire in 2015 as its right-side tire caught fire and sent the car up in flames. That was it. Aside from two Xfinity Series …

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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

(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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