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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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Frontstretch 5: Retired NASCAR Drivers Who Should Make a 1-Time Comeback

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

As he’s done for the past few years now, fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. will get behind the wheel of a NASCAR Xfinity Series car again for one race. On Saturday, Sept. 11, Earnhardt will pilot his own No. 8 Chevrolet in the GoBowling 250 at Richmond Raceway. It’s a good place for him to …

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Entry List: 2021 Go Bowling 250

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With two races left before the beginning of the 2021 playoffs, the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Richmond Raceway this Saturday afternoon, Sept. 11. The entry list for the 250-lap short track event features 41 drivers. With the absence of qualifying, Timmy Hill will not be able to compete on Saturday night based on owner …

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4 Burning Questions: Is North Wilkesboro Returning?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. smiling

(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

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

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

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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