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5 Points to Ponder: 2021 NASCAR Manufacturer Parity Among Ford, Chevy & Toyota

All three NASCAR manufacturers (Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota) battle at Kansas Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

#12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Menards/Moen, #19: Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Auto-Owners Insurance and #9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro UniFirst

1: NASCAR manufacturer parity … At the top 12 races into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, it’s clear three organizations have separated from the rest of the pack. Joe Gibbs Racing (with Darlington Raceway winner Martin Truex Jr.), Team Penske and Hendrick Motorsports are the sport’s new Big 3, sweeping 10 of the top …

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Alex Bowman Discusses Short Track Racing, Competing in Public Eye & 2021 Success

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#48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally

Alex Bowman‘s win at Richmond Raceway in late April locked him into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The victory was the first for Bowman at a short track, as well as the first points-paying win for primary sponsor Ally Financial. With Bowman’s move to the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the offseason, it …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas

#48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally and #5: Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro HendrickCars.com 2021 Martinsville I Cup NKP

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NASCAR Cup Series teams make their way to the Sunflower State this weekend for some 1.5-mile action at Kansas Speedway. Let’s get your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings rosters ready for the Buschy McBusch Race 400, airing Sunday, May 2 at 3 p.m. ET. After taking on the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway, drivers head to …

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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)

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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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Did You Notice?: Denny Hamlin Letting Dominant NASCAR Season Slip Through His Fingers

2021 Cup Richmond Denny Hamlin Headshot (Credit: NKP)

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Did You Notice? … Denny Hamlin has had the best start to a season statistically in his NASCAR career? Hamlin currently leads the points by 81 over teammate Martin Truex Jr., over a full race’s worth, while piling up eight top-five finishes in nine starts. His average finish of 4.2 is less than half the total …

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Dropping the Hammer: Chevrolet Seeing Benefits of GM Overhaul

Alex Bowman and Austin Dillon at Richmond

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Dr. Eric Warren, the director of NASCAR programs at General Motors, had plenty of reasons to be happy on Monday (April 19). The previous day, Alex Bowman and his No. 48 Chevrolet capitalized on a late caution to swoop in and capture the win in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway. Hendrick Motorsports …

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5 Points to Ponder: Hendrick Snaps Richmond Drought

2021 Cup Richmond Pack Racing (Credit: NKP)

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1. Alex Bowman Breaks Through at Hendrick On The Doors’ 1967 debut album, the band led off with “Break On Through (To the Other Side)” as the first track. Jim Morrison howls the titular lyric over and over. Nine times, to be exact. A full 54 years later, at Richmond Raceway on April 18, Alex …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: The No. 48 Is Back

2021 Cup Richmond Alex Bowman, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Trophy (Credit: NKP)

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Alex Bowman may not be the next seven-time champion, but Sunday (April 18) he was able to post a NASCAR stat that Jimmie Johnson couldn’t during his final three years in the NASCAR Cup Series: put the No. 48 in the winner’s circle. It also marked the first win for Bowman since Auto Club Speedway …

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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

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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

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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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Up to Speed: Alex Bowman Overcomes Setbacks for Richmond Win

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

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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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Alex Bowman’s Richmond Win Caps Off Big Day for Drivers of No. 48

Alex Bowman talks with Jimmie Johnson before 2019 Indianapolis Cup race Photo NKP

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Jeff Andrews was like many of us Sunday afternoon. Even though the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway was well underway, Hendrick Motorsports’ general manager couldn’t help himself. He had to see Jimmie Johnson’s maiden voyage in an open-wheel car. “I won’t lie, I clicked over to IndyCar there a couple of times during …

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