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4 Burning Questions: Is North Wilkesboro Returning?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What is the NASCAR Cup Series playoff picture? With three races remaining in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series regular season, things are becoming clear. Ten drivers have clinched a playoff spot as long as they remain eligible: Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr., Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, William Byron, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Brad …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Rest of the 2021 NASCAR Season

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ONE: Which Hendrick Motorsports is for real? Hendrick Motorsports caught fire this summer, its best performance in the NASCAR Cup Series since Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson were on the roster in 2014. From Dover International Speedway in May to the first Pocono Raceway event the end of June, HMS won six straight races and …

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Did You Notice?: Team Penske Instability On the Rise with Brad Keselowski’s Departure

Roger Penske at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2020 (Photo: IndyCar Media)

Roger Penske (Photo by: Joe Skibinski, courtesy of IndyCar Media)

Did You Notice?… Team Penske has gone from 2021 championship contender to a team that’s struggling to keep up? A slow unraveling at Ford’s top organization this season has taken place since news broke Brad Keselowski would be leaving the team in 2022 to become an owner/driver at Roush Fenway Racing. When that story broke, on …

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iRacing Weekly Roundup: Road to Pro Q1 Ends, Firecracker 400 Begins

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Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

The new eNASCAR ladder system wrapped up its first rung last week, and after nearly 2000 drivers took their shot in the open series, 70 drivers have advanced from the first round of the iRacing Road to Pro Qualifying Series to the second round. Twenty of those drivers will move on from there to the …

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NASCAR and #BlackLivesMatter, 1 Year Later: Part 1

Bubba Wallace at Atlanta Motor Speedway supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bubba Wallace before the June 7, 2020 NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

“I still contend that our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay.” — Martin Luther King Jr., 1968 During June 2020, nothing happened and everything happened all at once. On June 1 the U.S. death toll in the COVID-19 pandemic, which claimed the lives of 345,000 Americans by the end …

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Jesse Iwuji Wins 4th iRacing Fan Vote for Chicago Street Course

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For the fifth eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series event in 2021, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Jesse Iwuji will join the NASCAR Cup Series virtual field this Wednesday, June 2. After winning his fourth fan vote award, Iwuji will be a part of the first ever NASCAR-sanctioned event on the newly added Chicago Street Course, a …

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Jesse Iwuji Wins 3rd Pro Invitational Fan Vote to Join Dale Earnhardt Jr, Clint Bowyer & NASCAR Cup Field

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Before NASCAR’s best take to the Austin, Texas-based Circuit of the Americas in real life competition for the first time ever this coming weekend, they’ll do virtual battle on iRacing on Wednesday, May 19. The field for Round Four of the 2021 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Inviational Series at COTA has been set. Among them will …

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2-Headed Monster: Should JR Motorsports Make the Jump to Cup Series?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

JR Motorsports had a great week. First, it was announced that Dale Earnhardt Jr. would run the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway on September 11. Then Justin Allgaier fought off his teammate Josh Berry to win the Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway, giving him two wins on the season. However, one of the …

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Friday Faceoff: Can Kyle Busch Surpass Richard Petty’s Streak?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With his win at Kansas Speedway, Kyle Busch has won a NASCAR Cup Series race in 17 consecutive years. Will he surpass the mark of 18 set by Richard Petty? Luken Glover: Absolutely. I see Kyle Busch winning at least one race for at least the next few years and easily passing Petty’s record. Now …

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NASCAR’s Next-Gen Cars To Be Raced in iRacing Pro Invitational Darlington Event

iRacing at Talladega

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Last time, it was youth over experience that headlined the iRacing Pro Invitational Series entry list. This time around, it will be experience meeting the future. Race fans will see the NASCAR Next-Gen race cars take to the virtual track for the first time on May 5, as iRacing has added them into their service. …

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