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Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Could Score Birthday Wins in 2021

2021 Kansas I Cup Erik Jones NKP

#43: Erik Jones, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Black Entrepreneur Initiative

Birthdays can be a special and wonderful time for everyone, but winning a NASCAR race on the same day amplifies its sweetness even more. That’s what Kyle Busch did for the second time in his career on Sunday (May 2) in the Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas Speedway, scoring his 58th career NASCAR Cup …

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Eyes On Xfinity: An Off-Week Wish List for Series Regulars

2021 Xfinity Talladega Jeb Burton, No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet, Leads (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

So far this season, a handful of off weekends have peppered the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule. That ends after this weekend as the series will be on track every weekend beginning May 8 at Darlington Raceway through July 17 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. As teams and drivers get the final off weekend for a …

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Did You Notice?: Matt Mills Is No Jennifer Jo Cobb, NASCAR Says

Jennifer Jo Cobb races in the Camping World Truck Series Mudsummer Classic. (Photo: Mike Neff)

(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Did You Notice? … Matt Mills got approved to run his first NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday (May 1) at Kansas Speedway? The decision to enter Mills in the No. 55 for BJ McLeod Motorsports comes days after officials denied Jennifer Jo Cobb her first Cup start at Talladega Superspeedway. Mills, a NASCAR Xfinity Series regular, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 GEICO 500

A pack of NASCAR race cars running the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, April 2021. Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who … should you be talking about after the race? Brad Keselowski led exactly one of 191 laps on Sunday (April 25), but it was the only one that mattered. Keselowski passed Matt DiBenedetto as the white flag flew, leading the field to the checkers for his sixth Talladega Superspeedway victory, tying Jeff Gordon and …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Nearly Goes 2-For-2 on Superspeedways in 2021

Michael McDowell waves standing on pit road at Las Vegas. Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog: Michael McDowell If a 2021 handbook were written on how to survive superspeedway racing, Michael McDowell would likely be the author thus far. February’s Daytona 500 Cinderella victor came just one push away from besting fellow Ford stablemate Brad Keselowski Sunday (April 25) for the win at Talladega Superspeedway. “It means a lot,” …

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Jeb Burton Scores 1st Xfinity Win in Rain-Shortened Race

2021 Xfinity Talladega Jeb Burton, No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet, Victory Lane (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

“Rain, rain, rain, rain,” were the words of Chris Rice over the radio of Jeb Burton‘s No. 10 Chevrolet just as officials brought the field to the pit road with less than 25 laps to go. Shortly after, Burton was declared the winner of the Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway; his first career Xfinity Series …

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Harrison Burton Attempting Cup Debut at Talladega

Harrison Burton reaches out to helmet on his car at 2021 Xfinity Phoenix race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Harrison Burton will attempt to make his NASCAR Cup Series debut with Gaunt Brothers Racing at Talladega Superspeedway next week, GBR announced April 15. Burton will field the No. 96, sponsored by longtime backer Dex Imaging. The No. 96 is not a full-time team but will likely be in the field based on its owner’s …

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Josh Berry Breaks Through at Martinsville, Secures First Career Xfinity Win

Josh Berry and Ty Gibbs racing at Phoenix, 3/13/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It took almost 48 hours, but for Josh Berry, the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Cook Out 250 was worth the wait at Martinsville Speedway. In his fifth season competing part-time in the sport’s penultimate level, Berry emerged from a Friday night rain delay with the fastest car Sunday (April 11) to win in his 13th career …

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Harrison Burton Earns Xfinity Series Pole at Martinsville

Harrison Burton car races at February 2021 Daytona Xfinity race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Harrison Burton will take the helm in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway Friday night (April 9). Burton claimed the pole after finishing third at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago. Atlanta’s victor Justin Allgaier starts on the front row in second, while Kaulig Racing’s AJ Allmendinger begins third. Burton’s Joe Gibbs Racing …

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Dropping the Hammer: The Justin Allgaier Reset

Justin Allgaier at Atlanta

Getty Images via NASCAR Media

You don’t need me to remind you how long, hot and weird the summer of 2020 was. A lot of it’s a blur, for better or worse. But one moment that’s stuck with me in the ensuing year came on June 1. That night, the Xfinity Series competed at Bristol Motor Speedway in its third …

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Zach’s Turn: Noah Gragson Pushing His Luck With Competitors

2021 Xfinity Atlanta Noah Gragson, No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, Pits (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

It’s no secret NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Noah Gragson doesn’t care about making enemies. So it should be no surprise yet another incident found its way to the JR Motorsports driver, this time following Saturday’s (March 20) EchoPark 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Daniel Hemric confronted Gragson on pit road after the race, triggering an …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Austin Cindric the Favorite for the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series Title?

2021 Daytona Road NXS AJ Allmendinger Pack Racing NKP

#16: A J Allmendinger, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Ellsworth Advisors, #22: Austin Cindric, Team Penske, Ford Mustang PPG, #2: Myatt Snider, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro TaxSlayer, #98: Riley Herbst, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Monster Energy

Austin Cindric is the defending NASCAR Xfinity Series champion. So far in 2021, Cindric is showing that he is again a force to be reckoned with in the series. He took the checkered flag in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway and won last weekend’s (March 13) race at Phoenix Raceway. He has also …

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