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5 Points to Ponder: Does Joe Gibbs Racing Have the Upper Hand?

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1. Is it time to unionize?  Between angst over Atlanta’s reprofiling of the track and details that had trickled out over the past week leading into Atlanta, this much was clear: Many of the biggest names in the sport felt that their voices were not being heard and were none too pleased about it.   …

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The Underdog House: Bubba Wallace Top Dog of the Ring in Atlanta

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The Setting Atlanta Motor Speedway has become iconic in its own way. No, it doesn’t hold the prestige of a Daytona 500. It doesn’t test the same amount of endurance as the Coca-Cola 600 does. Kissing the bricks is not seen there. And it doesn’t serve hot dogs as good as Martinsville Speedway’s. The place …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Going Out On Top; Kyle Busch Wins No. 102 at Atlanta

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His NASCAR Xfinity Series career began on May 24, 2003, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His first victory was at Richmond Raceway on May 14, 2004. But was Kyle Busch’s 102nd victory in his 362nd career start the final time the 2009 Xfinity Series champion competes in NASCAR’s second-tier division? According to Busch, that very well …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: Jockey Made in America 250 at Road America

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What better way to celebrate America’s birthday this weekend than to go to a track with America in its name? The NASCAR Cup Series goes to Road America to race for the first time in about 65 years. Let’s get your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings lineups prepped for Sunday’s (July 4) race! The Cup Series …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Mother Nature Makes Jeb Burton a 1st-Time Xfinity Winner; Ty Dillon Crashes Out

2021 Xfinity Talladega Jeb Burton, No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet, and Ty Dillon, No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Side-by-side racing (Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

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The skies were clear, and the sun was out when Jeb Burton took the lead on Lap 82, and the same was true on Lap 84 when the caution was displayed for an accident on the back straight. But by the time the race was ready to go green on Lap 91, the sun was …

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What Success Do ARCA Champions Find in NASCAR?

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Bret Holmes, driver of the #23 Golden Eagle Syrup Chevrolet celebrates winning the 2020 series championship during the Speediatrics 150 for the ARCA Menards Series at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 16, 2020. (Barry Cantrell/ARCA Racing)

Entering the NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on April 10, there has not yet been a two-time winner in the series this year. Parity also exists in the ARCA Menards Series, which completed two races before St. Patrick’s Day. There also has not been a back-to-back champion in the main ARCA series since …

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Lineups Announced for Cup, Truck Races After Rain Axes Heat Races at Bristol

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The starting lineup for both the NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck series have been announced following the postponement of tonight’s truck race (March 27) and the cancellation of both heat races at Bristol Motor Speedway. The lineups are now calculated using the performance metrics formula for each division. 35% of the metric is the …

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

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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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Dropping the Hammer: What’s Eating Ty Dillon?

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Near the end of a roughly 15-minute monologue posted Monday on social media, Ty Dillon reminded his audience of an important fact. “I’m not a philosopher, I’m not a perfect speaker.” He’s just a NASCAR driver with a platform. The 29-year-old driver decided to use it to let us all know that for a brief, …

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AJ Allmendinger Claims 6th Xfinity Win at Las Vegas

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AJ Allmendinger’s car came to life late in the Alsco Uniforms 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday (March 6). The longtime racer’s No. 16 got by Daniel Hemric on a late-race restart, passing the driver who had been out front for most of the race and setting sail en route to the win. The …

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The Underdog House: AJ Allmendinger Recovers to Be Top Dog in Cup

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Top Dog It has been nearly three years since NASCAR veteran AJ Allmendinger has taken his place behind the wheel of a NASCAR Cup Series car. The last time we saw the Dinger on NASCAR’s premier level was in 2018 driving the No. 47 Chevrolet for JTG Daughtery Racing. Since then, the 39-year-old has stayed …

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Nowhere to Go But Up For Ty Dillon

Ty Dillon at Daytona

#54: Ty Dillon, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra Bass Pro Shops

Ty Dillon and I go way back. Sort of. The first NASCAR race I covered as a media member was July 26, 2014 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As a graduate student at Indiana University earning my master’s in sports journalism, I was part of the student news bureau that covered the NASCAR Xfinity Series race that …

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