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2-Headed Monster: Ross Chastain or Kurt Busch? Who Should Trackhouse Racing Hire to Drive 2nd Car?

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Trackhouse Racing has bought Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR operation and that means a lot will change when we enter the 2022 season. Trackhouse Racing will have two charters for next season and be a two-car operation while Chip Ganassi Racing will essentially no longer exist in the NASCAR Cup Series. Trackhouse announced that its current …

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Justin Marks: ‘I Don’t Want to Get Over My Skis’ After Chip Ganassi Acquisition

2021 Cup Charlotte Daniel Suarez, No. 99 TrackHouse Racing Chevrolet (Credit: NKP)

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It may be hard to believe, but Justin Marks believes the growth of Trackhouse Racing “needs to be managed.” The timing of his own statement Wednesday (June 30) wasn’t lost on Marks. It came roughly half an hour after his team announced it had purchased all of Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR assets, effective at the …

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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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: NASCAR Pocono Doubleheader Weekend

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What happened? Alex Bowman won the Pocono Organics CBD 325 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday (June 26). Then, Kyle Busch won the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 on Sunday (June 27) in the second race of the Pocono doubleheader. 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯 pic.twitter.com/TMoq6OIkJr — NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 26, 2021 Rowdy Nation, this one's for you! 🙌 Retweet …

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Kyle Busch Saves Just Enough Fuel, Wins Pocono Stuck in 4th Gear

2021 Pocono II Cup Kyle Busch win NKP

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Halfway through the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday (June 27), Kyle Busch‘s day took what seemed like a downward turn. Busch suffered transmission problems and his car wouldn’t go up through the gears properly, forcing driver and team to stick the car in fourth gear for the remainder of the …

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Frontstretch 5: Wackiest NASCAR Moments at Pocono Raceway

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With a memorable weekend at Nashville Superspeedway behind us, the main three NASCAR series will travel to Pocono Raceway this coming weekend to conclude the month of June. Nestled within the serene Pocono mountains in Pennsylvania, the lush, green atmosphere of the facility has made it a popular choice among fans for years. Pocono Raceway …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Ally 400 at Nashville

Kyle Larson holds up the Ally 400 trophy at Nashville Superspeedway. (Photo: NKP)

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What happened? Kyle Larson won the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday (June 20) after another incredible performance for his third consecutive points-race win (fourth counting the All-Star Race).  Ross Chastain, William Byron, Aric Almirola and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five finishers. Charlotte: Kyle LarsonSonoma: Kyle Larson All-Star Race: Kyle Larson@NashvilleSuperS: Kyle Larson@KyleLarsonRacin …

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Up to Speed: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & JTG Daugherty Racing Seek a Needed Playoff Run

JTG Daugherty Racing's Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s car on the grid at Nashville Superspeedway. (Photo: NKP)

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was one of the biggest surprises of Sunday’s race (June 20).  In the first visit by the NASCAR Cup Series to Nashville Superspeedway, Stenhouse had a fast car all day long.  The JTG Daugherty Racing driver was able to drive up into the top 10 and top five on several occasions, running …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Should a Part-Time Driver Be Able To Make the Playoffs?

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Do you think Ty Gibbs (or Josh Berry) in the [NASCAR] Xfinity Series and Grant Enfinger in the [Camping World] Truck Series should get into the playoffs if they are above the playoff cutline points-wise even though they haven’t attempted all the races? – Thomas Rooney (via email) Great question, Thomas. And it’s one that …

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Did You Notice?: 17 Potential NASCAR Cup Series Winners? We Might Not Get 12

Kevin Harvick on pit road at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 2021). (Photo: NKP)

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Did You Notice? … 17 winners in a NASCAR regular season isn’t going to happen in 2021? After 10 NASCAR Cup Series winners in the first 11 races, we’ve had just one in the last five as Kyle Larson and Hendrick Motorsports have started pulling away from the pack. This conversation comes up yearly due to …

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Up to Speed: Kurt Busch Rebuilds His Career Through Longevity

Kurt Busch looks on at 2021 Cup Circuit of the Americas NKP

#1: Kurt Busch, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Monster Energy (Photo: NKP)

Kurt Busch’s services as a racecar driver are in high demand.  In the third and final season of his current contract with Chip Ganassi Racing, Busch is poised to be one of the biggest free agents of the upcoming offseason.  At the end of the day, he may return to CGR to run the NASCAR …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: All-Star Open & All-Star Race at Texas

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Texas may have lost one of its points-paying dates, but it gained one of NASCAR’s landmark events for 2021 in the form of the June 13 All-Star festivities. Eligibility for the annual race, long held at Charlotte Motor Speedway before moving to Bristol Motor Speedway in 2020 and then to the Lone Star State, is …

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