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Noah Gragson Facing Extra Pressure, Motivation in Daytona

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Noah Gragson is entering his third season driving JR Motorsports’ No. 9 car after winning two races and finishing fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings in 2020. One of those wins came in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, something he’ll try to defend this Saturday (Feb. 13) when the NXS schedule kicks …

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Denny Hamlin, Harrison Burton Add Offerpad Sponsorhip

2020 Phoenix NCS Denny Hamlin Face NKP

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Denny Hamlin and Harrison Burton‘s Joe Gibbs Racing cars will partner with Offerpad as a sponsor for 2021, JGR announced Feb. 8. Offerpad will be the primary sponsor for two races aboard Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Cup Series, first featured at Phoenix Raceway on March 14, as well as the Charlotte …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Austin Cindric on Xfinity Championship

Austin Cindric Phoenix Championship 2020

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the first three weeks of a busy 2020 offseason. The crew chief change at Joe Gibbs Racing highlights the offseason, as Adam Sevens will move from winning 28 races and two championships with Kyle Busch to Christopher Bell. Was the change needed after just one …

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NASCAR Hosts 2020 Awards Ceremony, The Winners Are…

Chase Elliott holds 2020 Bill France trophy Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Despite COVID-19 canceling the traditional NASCAR awards banquet, the series was still able to put on a ceremony recognizing champions, drivers and influential industry members from the 2020 season. The 2020 NASCAR Awards Ceremony was televised on NBCSN on Wednesday, Nov. 18, with country music singer Chris Stapleton starting the show with a performance from …

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Joe Gibbs Racing Shuffles 2021 Crew Chief Lineup

2020 CharlotteROVAL NCS Kyle Busch Crew Chief NKP

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Joe Gibbs Racing has announced a crew chief shuffle between the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series for 2021. Harrison Burton, who recently re-signed with JGR, will have veteran crew chief Jason Ratcliff on top of the pit box. Ratcliff was with the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing team before it closed at …

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Stock Car Scoop: JGR’s Xfinity Lineup Revealed

2020 Kansas II NXS Harrison Burton NKP

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Which driver has re-signed with Joe Gibbs Racing for 2021 in the Xfinity Series? Find out in the latest edition of Stock Car Scoop.  Frontstretch‘s newest podcast focused on the motorsports news of the week also will reveal which former Truck Series driver has a new ride in the Xfinity Series, as well as a …

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Harrison Burton Returning to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2021

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After a breakout rookie season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2020, Harrison Burton will return to his familiar No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2021, the team announced Nov. 13. Burton’s announcement completes JGR’s Xfinity lineup for next season, as he will join JGR newcomer Daniel Hemric and the tenured Brandon Jones, …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Clint Bowyer Reflects on NASCAR Career, Move to Broadcast Booth

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the penultimate weekend of the season at Martinsville Speedway, which saw Chase Elliott win his way into the Championship 4 in the NASCAR Cup Series. Meanwhile, nine-time winner and regular season champion Kevin Harvick was eliminated from the postseason. The duo dives into the current …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Martinsville Brings Heavy Playoff Focus, Constricted Broadcasts

2020 Martinsville NCS Martin Truex Jr Car NKP

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For the most part last weekend, it was dry in Martinsville (Sunday morning being the exception). Thankfully, that meant that everything got in on time. It was also cutoff weekend, which brought problems in its own right. Xfinity 500 Sunday brought the NASCAR Cup Series back to Martinsville for their second visit of the year. …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Championship Favorites Squander Big Playoff Gaps at Martinsville

Kevin Harvick crashes at end of Martinsville playoff race NKP

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Martinsville Speedway has been hyped from the moment it became the cutoff race NASCAR’s Round of 8 in all three national touring series. Beginning in 2020, the track determined the Championship 4 for Phoenix Raceway’s season finale. But could the paperclip-shaped oval live up to those lofty expectations? The answer we got was yes, three …

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