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Matt DiBenedetto Takes 5th After Near Win at Talladega

2021 Martinsville I Cup Matt DiBenedetto NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If Matt DiBenedetto felt like he was experiencing Talladega déjà vu, he cannot be blamed despite leading the field heading into the only overtime restart of Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Certainly the 10th round of the NASCAR Cup Series season started off promising for DiBenedetto and his No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford …

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Brad Keselowski Wins Talladega Amid Flips, Spins & Mayhem

Brad Keselowski celebrates with a burnout and USA flag after winning at Talladega spring Cup 2021 race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Brad Keselowski led one lap. The most important one. Sunday (April 25) afternoon’s GEICO 500 featured a flip for the first time in 2021, 35 lead changes among 17 different drivers and battles throughout the field. However, Keselowski mostly stuck to the middle or back of the pack until the final restart, when he shot …

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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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Zach’s Turn: Matt DiBenedetto Turns in ‘Overdue’ Top 10 at Richmond

2021 Cup Richmond Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Matt DiBenedetto found himself up the creek without a paddle to start 2021. His luck to start the year was atrocious with seemingly no end in sight. Three races in, he was mired way back in 35th in points, trailing drivers like Jamie McMurray who ran a one-race deal in February’s Daytona 500. It took …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Martinsville Spring Cup Race

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series is back in action and ready to take on Martinsville Speedway Saturday night (April 10). Let’s get your NASCAR DraftKings rosters set for short track racing! Martinsville is a .526-mile oval shaped like a paperclip with tight corners and short straightaways. There’s not a lot of room to run, so you …

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Jeff Gordon Tested Positive for COVID-19, ‘Good to Go’ for Martinsville

Jeff Gordon

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Jeff Gordon revealed April 8 he tested positive for COVID-19 last week, but that he’s “good to go” to cover this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. The NASCAR Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst shared the news on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “On Track.” “I can’t say my off-week was great because …

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Did You Notice? 7 NASCAR Drivers on the Hot Seat 7 Weeks Into 2021

Matt DiBenedetto stands next to car before 2021 spring Las Vegas Cup race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … Crazy enough, the 2021 NASCAR season is already two months old headed to Saturday night’s (April 10) race at Martinsville Speedway. The sport’s top three series are all at least 20% through their regular season schedules; the Camping World Truck Series is a third of the way there. It’s a large …

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NASCAR 101: 2020 Playoff Drivers on the Outside Looking In

Aric Almirola Pit Boss car at 2021 spring Phoenix Cup race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Although we are just seven races into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series campaign, the playoffs are already coming into focus. By winning a race, seven drivers have already locked themselves into the postseason if there are no more than 16 winners in the regular season of course. Three of those seven did not make the …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Food City Dirt Race

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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR Cup Series drivers might need a good laundry detergent to clean up their firesuits after March 28 is over, because they’ll be racing in the dirt. Let’s get your fantasy NASCAR DraftKings lineups ready for this weekend’s 2021 Food City Dirt Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track. This race marks the first …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Track Rotation Not the Worst Idea

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Did You Notice?… Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of a handful of tracks to gain back a second NASCAR date in the modern era after losing it? AMS will run its first NASCAR Cup Series race of 2021 this weekend (March 21) before the sport makes a return trip on July 11. There’s a lot of …

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