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Up to Speed: Has the Tide Turned for Ross Chastain?

Ross Chastain at COTA

Ross Chastain on track at COTA (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR’s inaugural weekend at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas featured plenty of surprises.  But one positive outcome that most fans might not have anticipated was a great run for Ross Chastain. Chastain is in the midst of his first full-time NASCAR Cup Series season with Chip Ganassi Racing.  Prior to 2021, he …

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Multi-Car Pileups Mar Rainy Stage 2 at COTA

Martin Truex Jr. races in the inaugural NASCAR COTA event before his big wreck. (May 2021) (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series’ EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas had gone smoothly for the most part, with an opening stage featuring just one caution and a couple of single-car spins here and there.  However, chaos struck four laps into stage two and again after the green flag waved. With little-to-no visibility …

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Dropping the Hammer: We’re Talking About Practice, Man

Kyle Busch at COTA

(Photo: Speedway Motorsports)

Brace yourself. For a limited summer engagement, things are going back to “normal” in NASCAR land. In a confluence of events — the rapid lifting of COVID-19 attendance restrictions and how NASCAR’s 2021 schedule is laid out — four of the next six points paying NASCAR Cup race weekends will feel like they’re happening in …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Drydene 400 at Dover

2021 Cup Dover Alex Bowman Woo Hoo (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened at Dover? Alex Bowman won the Drydene 400 at Dover on Sunday (May 16) after taking the lead on pit road and leading the final 97 laps. Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron and Joey Logano rounded out the top-five finishers. To the No. 48 pit crew … … this one's for you! …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Drydene 400

Daniel Suarez at the 2021 Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway, May 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… should you be talking about after Drydene 400? Raise your hand if you picked Alex Bowman to be just the second NASCAR Cup Series driver to score multiple wins in 2021. Yeah, me either. Bowman has become a steady wheelman, one who’s there to challenge at the end more often. That late-race strength paid …

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Up to Speed: Who’s the Biggest Championship Threat at Hendrick Motorsports?

Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, chats with Kyle Larson at Atlanta Motor Speedway (March 2021). (Photo: NKP)

#5: Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro HendrickCars.com, Rick Hendrick

Rick Hendrick will not forget Sunday’s (May 16) race at Dover International Speedway anytime soon.  His quartet of Cup Series drivers conquered Miles the Monster, earning the first 1-2-3-4 finish for the team in its 37-year history.  The sight of the No. 48 Chevrolet rolling into victory lane was certainly a familiar one, but this …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Drydene 400

Martin Truex Jr and Denny Hamlin race side-by-side in the 2021 Daytona 500, Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series travels north to Dover International Speedway for Sunday’s (May 16) Drydene 400. Who will tame Miles the Monster and earn a high daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings score? Keep reading for my top prospects for this weekend’s race. Wait a second; why is Dover called the Monster Mile? Well, oftentimes the track …

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Stock Car Scoop: Can Martin Truex Jr. Make it 4 Wins in 2021?

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates after winning at spring Darlington Cup race in 2021 Sean Gardner/Getty

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The NASCAR Cup Series is heading to Dover International Speedway this weekend with Martin Truex Jr. riding a wave of momentum. Can the New Jersey native get to victory lane for the fourth time this season? Frontstretch’s Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek discuss. Sign up for Stock Car Scoop on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or visit …

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4 Burning Questions: Should NASCAR Limit Cup Organizations to 2 Teams?

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch talk before 2021 Bristol Motor Speedway dirt race Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Should NASCAR further limit an organization’s car count? Last year, I wrote a column about what my vision for NASCAR would be in 10 years’ time. One of what I feel were one of the more interesting things I wrote about at the time was the idea of NASCAR going to more of a rigid …

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Podcast: Martin Truex Jr. Talks Darlington Dominance, Low Downforce Package

Martin Truex Jr. Darlington 1 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A huge week on the podcast, as Darlington winner Martin Truex Jr. stops by to discuss his dominant performance, leading 248 of 293 laps at The Track Too Tough To Tame. Truex and Davey Segal chat about his admiration for the lower downforce package, why he thrives with it and whether or not he’s worried …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Too Early to Engrave the NASCAR Cup Series Trophy

#19: Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro celebrates his win with grandfather clock

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martin Truex Jr. certainly put on a show at Darlington last Sunday, leading 248 of 292 laps on the way to his 30th career victory and third of 2021. He’s the only driver with more than one win through 12 races this season. So, with the halfway point of NASCAR’s regular season this weekend at …

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Martin Truex Jr. Looks to Tame Dover, Starts on Cup Pole

Martin Truex Jr. 2021 Darlington 1

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martin Truex Jr. will lead the way when the NASCAR Cup Series take on Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 16. Truex earned the pole after dominating at Darlington Raceway last week. Fellow Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin starts alongside Truex on the front row. Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Kyle Larson make …

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