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Did You Notice?: 10 Quirky Stats 10 Races Into NASCAR 2022

2022 Martinsville I Cup Chase Elliott NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … We’re 10 races into the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season already? It’s been a year so chock full with news (a new race car will do that to you), we’ve seen a couple of under-the-radar storylines overlooked. It’s not easy to cover it all in a year where parity (eight winners …

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The Underdog House: Shake ‘N’ Bake, Baby! Ross Chastain Does His Version of Talladega Nights

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ross Chastain led the NASCAR Cup Series underdogs by scoring a surprise win at Talladega. It is Trackhouse Racing Team’s second Cup victory in just 56 starts.

Couch Potato Tuesday: What Was NASCAR On FOX Doing at Atlanta Showing All Those Kids?

NASCAR cars race on the frontstretch at Atlanta Motor Speedway, March 2022 with NASCAR On FOX covering the TV Broadcast. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A closer look at NASCAR On FOX broadcasts at Atlanta Motor Speedway for 2022 examines why specific children in the stands became the central focus of coverage.

Did You Notice?: 4 NASCAR Races in 2022, 4 Drivers Flying Under the Radar

2022 Daytona I NASCAR Cup Kurt Busch Kyle Busch racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice?… We’re already a month into the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season? The first four races have already brought their share of unexpected surprises: two first-time winners (Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe), a trio of overtime finishes and more spins than we’ve seen in years with the sport’s new Next Gen chassis. The infusion of …

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Stat Sheet: Auto Club Speedway’s Comeback Weekend

Erik Jones leads the NASCAT Cup Series field at Auto Club Speedway, February 2022. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The month of February is all about the number two. It’s the second month of the year, Groundhog Day is celebrated on Feb. 2, plus this year marks the only time when we get the 2/22/22 date — and it happened on a Tuesday (Twosday?). And for NASCAR’s second week of racing at the 2-mile …

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The Underdog House: Erik Jones Returns No. 43 to Former Glory

#43: Erik Jones, Petty GMS, Chevrolet Camaro FOCUSfactor

It had been nearly a decade since Richard Petty’s famous No. 43 had started on the front row for a NASCAR Cup Series race. The last occurrence happened in 2013, when Aric Almirola sat on the pole for the fall Talladega event.

However, the streak came to a halt with the Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway (Feb. 27) when Erik Jones piloted the No. 43 to the outside pole position.

Fronstretch 2-Minute Drill: Wise Power 400 at Auto Club

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts and #99: Daniel Suarez, TrackHouse Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Freeway Insurance

NASCAR is back at Auto Club Speedway for the first time in two years. The last time the Cup and Xfinity Series raced in Fontana, the race ended up being the second-to-last before the COVID-19 pandemic shattered any and all forms of scheduling for major sports in 2020, leading to a two-month stoppage for NASCAR. …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 Ends in a Big One

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Welcome to the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season! NASCAR fans were treated to a great one on Saturday evening (Feb. 19) that ended with NXS rookie Austin Hill taking his first series victory at Daytona International Speedway.

It ended just about as “Daytona” as anybody could expect, with Anthony Alfredo (No. 23) getting into the right rear of Myatt Snider, resulting in Snider’s No. 31 car getting turned on the last lap. Snider went end over end and caught air, which flung him into the catchfence on the backstretch. The engine was ejected during the crash, but Snider was able to walk out of the car afterward.

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