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The Underdog House: Daniel Suarez Rules Richmond Dog Yard

Daniel Suarez competes at Martinsville Speedway in April 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog: Daniel Suarez In Sunday’s (April 18) Richmond Raceway event that only saw two cautions for incidents, it was hard for smaller teams to gain traction through the field. In fact, the pace set by Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. up front was a struggle for many top teams, too. There were just …

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The Underdog House: Daniel Suarez Is the Big Dog of the Yard Once Again

Daniel Suarez walks down pit road at Homestead-Miami Speedway (March 2021). (Photo: NKP)

#99: Daniel Suarez, TrackHouse Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Camping World

Top Dog A little dirt never hurt anyone. That saying may not have applied to the favorites for the postponed Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, but Daniel Suarez sure took it to heart. The newly established Trackhouse Racing is not only exceeding expectations but has arguably been the best of the three …

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The Underdog House: Big Day for Bubba Wallace Slips Away at Phoenix

Bubba Wallace talks to Denny Hamlin at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog On paper, the results of the Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, March 14 did not manufacture eye-popping runs from the NASCAR Cup Series underdogs. However, that was not the occurrence for most of the race. While a few hungry hounds had brushes in the top 10 today it was Bubba Wallace …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas

Kyle Larson celebrates Las Vegas victory (Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened? Kyle Larson won the Pennzoil 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday (March 7) after leading a race-high 103 laps in just his fourth start for Hendrick Motorsports (fastest in team history). Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five finishers. Burning it down on the …

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The Underdog House: Erik Jones Rebounds for 1st Top 10 with Richard Petty

Ross Chastain and Erik Jones racing during the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube, 3/7/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog 2021 looks different in many ways for Richard Petty Motorsports. After a year where they ended up in the national spotlight with Bubba Wallace, the team faces an identity shift in 2021 with Erik Jones. While crew chief Jerry Baxter stayed with RPM following Wallace’s departure, the team was faced with a tough …

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Friday Faceoff: How Many Road Courses Is Too Many?

Chase Elliott leads the pack at 2021 Daytona road course Photo NKP

(photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Does the NASCAR Cup Series schedule feature too many road courses? What is the ideal number? Luken Glover: Yes. Road courses can present great racing, but there are a lot of times when they are uneventful races too. Sometimes they can be wreckfests, like we saw in all three series in some capacity at the …

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Here’s Who’s Dropping to the Back in the 2021 Daytona 500

Erik Jones, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch racing in the Busch Clash

#19: Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry DeWalt #1: Kurt Busch, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro AdventHealth #43: Erik Jones, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro RP Funding

Two more Daytona 500 entries will start the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season from the rear of the field on Sunday (Feb. 14) at Daytona International Speedway. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. and Richard Petty Motorsports’ Erik Jones will fall to the back prior to the green flag for the Daytona 500. Jones will …

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Erik Jones Adds Armor All Sponsorship for Daytona 500

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Erik Jones‘ first points-paying NASCAR Cup Series race in Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 43 will feature sponsorship from Armor All, Sports Business Journal‘s Adam Stern tweeted Feb. 5 with a photo of the car’s paint scheme. Armor All is a sister brand to STP, which will continue to support the No. 43 in 2021 as an …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 23: Erik Jones

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As he has for the first four years of his full-time career in the NASCAR Cup Series, Erik Jones finds himself in an iconic ride for the 2021 season. However, this time it will not be a Joe Gibbs Racing ride but rather the No. 43 made famous by Richard Petty. Jones has a pair …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Joe Gibbs Racing

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For a team that won more than half of the races in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season, Joe Gibbs Racing had every reason to be confident in its lineup for 2020. Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch all won at least five races in 2019 (seven, six and five, respectively) while Erik …

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