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NASCAR 101: The 5 Best — & 5 Worst — Throwback Paint Schemes

2020 Darlington III fall Reed Sorensen throwback car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway. The concept seems to be starting to wear out just a bit. In fact, the vast majority of Cup throwbacks this year are either bad or just average. All of the truly great NASCAR schemes have been done to death, and very few sponsors want to actually throwback to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 GEICO 500 at Talladega

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang MoneyLion, #37: Ryan Preece, JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Kroger/Reese’s, #4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Busch Dog Brew, #10: Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Smithfield, #23: Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing, Toyota Camry DoorDash

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened? Brad Keselowski won the GEICO 500 at Talladega on Sunday (April 25) after leading just one lap all day. William Byron, Michael McDowell, Kevin Harvick and Matt DiBenedetto rounded out the top-five finishers. No stopping @keselowski today! The No. 2 car is going back to Victory Lane at @TALLADEGA! pic.twitter.com/LlyRDphhNZ — NASCAR (@NASCAR) …

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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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Toyotas Come Up Empty At Talladega

Denny Hamlin leads a pack of cars at Talladega Superspeedway, April 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In recent years, Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin have repeatedly factored into who’d emerge with a race victory on super speedways at Daytona and Talladega. But on a day mostly dominated by Fords on Sunday at the mammoth Alabama speedway, Toyotas didn’t end up factoring in a victory as a Ford-laden field duked it …

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Stock Car Scoop: Did Alex Bowman Steal a Win at Richmond?

Alex Bowman leans on the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series went short track racing this weekend and Alex Bowman overtook Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano and snagged the win at Richmond Raceway on Sunday afternoon. Did Bowman steal this win or did Hamlin or Logano lose it? Stock Car Scoop’s Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek discuss this and more. Sign up …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

Alex Bowman

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened? Alex Bowman won the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on Sunday (April 18) following an impressive late-race restart where he lined up in third place. Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top-five finishers. Let the party begin! 🏁 Retweet to congratulate @Alex_Bowman on a huge …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Toyota Owners 400

Aric Almirola on pit road before racing at Phoenix Raceway in 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who … should you be talking about after the race? The last time a Hendrick Motorsports car visited victory lane at Richmond Raceway, it was the fall race in 2008, and Jimmie Johnson took the checkers in the No. 48 en route to his third consecutive NASCAR Cup Series title. The No. 48 was the …

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Up to Speed: Alex Bowman Overcomes Setbacks for Richmond Win

Alex Bowman fixes his shoes at Phoenix Raceway. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

On the day (April 18) when Jimmie Johnson ran his first IndyCar race, it was only fitting that Alex Bowman brought the No. 48 car back to victory lane.  Bowman emerged as a surprise winner at Richmond Raceway, a track where he had never had a top-five finish.  His 2021 win was the first for …

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Stock Car Scoop: Is Martin Truex Jr. the Man to Beat at Richmond?

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates with a burnout after winning 2021 spring Phoenix Cup race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series is going short track racing once again and for the second consecutive week, it looks like Martin Truex Jr. is the favorite to conquer the oval in Virginia. Can he get it done for his third victory in the last four races at Richmond or could someone else arise and defeat …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Austin Hill Previews Richmond, Martin Truex Jr. Still Owns Martinsville

2021 Daytona I trucks Austin Hill NKP

#16: Austin Hill, Hattori Racing Enterprises, Toyota Tundra United Rentals

Austin Hill joins Davey Segal this week to touch on his Camping World Truck Series season to date with Hattori Racing Enterprises, including how the Bristol Dirt weekend went and what he did in his two off weekends. He also analyzes the Truck Series field and how he balances racing against veterans and young talents, …

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Martin Truex Jr. on Cup Pole at Richmond

Martin Truex Jr races at Martinsville spring 2021 Cup event NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martin Truex Jr. will take the helm at the start of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway Sunday, April 18. The No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing pilot claimed the pole after winning at Martinsville Speedway last week. JGR teammate Denny Hamlin lines up next to Truex on the front row. Hendrick Motorsports cohorts …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Martin Truex Jr. Under Par With His Short (Track) Game

Martin Truex Jr. enjoys his win at Martinsville Speedway April 2021. Photo: NKP

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If the stats tell the story, then it seems that Martin Truex Jr. has suddenly turned into short-track ace. In his first 80 Cup races on tracks under a mile in length, Truex won exactly zero. None. Then, after finally breaking through at Richmond in 2019, he’s taken home the trophy in five of his …

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