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NASCAR Mailbox: Over & Underachievers in All 3 National Series

Chris Buescher looks on at Circuit of the Americas NASCAR Cup 2021 NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who has overachieved and who has underachieved across all three NASCAR national series so far this season? – Rebecca F., Tulsa, Okla. I’ll take this series by series, as there are a lot of drivers/teams to cover with this question. Starting with the Camping World Truck Series, I’ll give a nod to Niece Motorsports’ Carson …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Ty Gibbs Spins and Wins at Charlotte

2021 Charlotte Xfinity Ty Gibbs celebrate victory lane NKP

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In February, Ty Gibbs briefly went dirt trackin’, making a pass in the grass, before winning on the road course at Daytona International Speedway. You can now check “spin and win” off the list of ways Gibbs has won a race. In Saturday’s (May 29) Alsco Uniforms 300, he spun exiting turn 4 coming to …

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Jeremy Clements, Ryan Sieg, Alex Labbe Shine in Darlington Runs

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There’s a uniqueness about Darlington Raceway. With its quirks and peculiarities, it presents challenges that drivers and teams are not likely to see at any other venue. So on one hand, it’d be plausible for teams to not put much effort into “The Lady and Black” given that little of what teams can glean is …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Parity Breeds Sense of Urgency for Playoff Hopefuls

2021 Phoenix I NXS Ryan Sieg car NKP

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Well, that didn’t take long. Eight races into the NASCAR Xfinity Series season, the sense of urgency is already ramped up. How tense is it getting? Ryan Sieg, coming off of a top-10 points finish last season, has already made a crew chief change. After a contentious start to the season, Sieg is 17th in …

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Jeb Burton Scores 1st Xfinity Win in Rain-Shortened Race

2021 Xfinity Talladega Jeb Burton, No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet, Victory Lane (Credit: NKP)

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“Rain, rain, rain, rain,” were the words of Chris Rice over the radio of Jeb Burton‘s No. 10 Chevrolet just as officials brought the field to the pit road with less than 25 laps to go. Shortly after, Burton was declared the winner of the Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway; his first career Xfinity Series …

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Friday Faceoff: Can Anything Be Done to Enhance Competitors’ Mental Health?

2019 Las Vegas I CUP Ty Dillon NKP

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Ty Dillon’s recent podcast is another example of the mental toll racing can take. Is there anything NASCAR or teams can do to alleviate it, or is the intense stress an inevitability? Mark Kristl: Professional athletes always face pressure. If they do not perform well enough, they become unemployed. It is partly why athletes retire …

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Friday Faceoff: Is William Byron a Championship Contender?

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Buy or sell: William Byron as a Cup Series Championship 4 contender. Luken Glover: At this moment I am buying it. One of the biggest underlying stories of the preseason was the reunion of William Byron and crew chief Rudy Fugle. Why is that pairing so special? Well, just five years ago, the pair won …

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Did You Notice?: 2020 NASCAR Winless Droughts, How Jimmie Johnson’s Final Season Stacks Up & Anxiety Awareness

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Did You Notice?… With four races left in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, four drivers remain winless who won a race in 2019. That’s a relatively small number from year-to-year as the sport’s strongest teams and drivers have remained stable. Some of that could be due to the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting practice time for …

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The Underdog House: Bubba Wallace Leads on the Long, Lonely Road Home

2020 Charlotte Road Cup Jimmie Johnson Bubba Wallace racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog Road courses at the top level of NASCAR are something of an equalizer. A good driver can elevate the performance of an entire team even without the benefit of top notch equipment or research data. So it’s a logical assumption that at least one or two underdogs will likely run competitively and finish …

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The Underdog House: Ty Dillon Best in Class as Underdogs Run Wild at Talladega

2020 Talladega II CUP Ty Dillon pack racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog As usual, a NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway resulted in a “Big One.” No, not just a big crash, though there were plenty of those. I’m referring to a big group of underdog teams scattered throughout the top half of the finishing order. Leading the line both literally and figuratively was …

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