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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. Photo: NKP

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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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4 Burning Questions: Definitely An Xperience

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Where will Kurt Busch end up? This week, Kurt Busch confirmed to Sirius XM that he has been contact by both 23XI Racing and Trackhouse Racing Team for the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022. 23XI was known about, but Trackhouse being mentioned is very interesting. Team owner Justin Marks said later that day that he …

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Justin Marks: ‘2-Car Team … in the Picture’ for Trackhouse Racing in 2022

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

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Trackhouse Racing is looking to add a second entry for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, team co-owner Justin Marks said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Wednesday (June 9). “To start working on the long-term success and long-term viability of Trackhouse we have to think about scale and I think that being that small upstart team, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

Kyle Larson celebrates at Sonoma with HANS device on Photo NKP

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What happened? Kyle Larson won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at his hometown track, Sonoma Raceway, on Sunday (June 6) after holding off two of the sport’s best road racers on two late restarts.  Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-five finishers. Winning in NorCal makes today even sweeter …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Toyota/Save Mart 350

Kyle Larson in victory lane at Sonoma's Toyota/Save Mart 350 (June 2021). (Photo: NKP)

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Who … should you be talking about after the Toyota/Save Mart 350? Is Kyle Larson finally living up to his potential? He’s always had the talent to win but has struggled to close. For the second week in a row, Larson left no doubt whether he could finish out races, dominating the Toyota/Save Mart 350 …

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