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Michael McDowell Feels Like ‘Real Valued Asset’ for 1st Time With Front Row Motorsports

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Michael McDowell is having the best season of his career. After beginning his NASCAR Cup Series tenure with Michael Waltrip Racing, McDowell bounced between teams for a number of years before landing at Front Row Motorsports, where 2021 marks his fourth season with the Ford stable. A name that previously only sparked flashbacks of his …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Drydene 400 at Dover

2021 Cup Dover Alex Bowman Woo Hoo (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened at Dover? Alex Bowman won the Drydene 400 at Dover on Sunday (May 16) after taking the lead on pit road and leading the final 97 laps. Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron and Joey Logano rounded out the top-five finishers. To the No. 48 pit crew … … this one's for you! …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Nearly Goes 2-For-2 on Superspeedways in 2021

Michael McDowell waves standing on pit road at Las Vegas. Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog: Michael McDowell If a 2021 handbook were written on how to survive superspeedway racing, Michael McDowell would likely be the author thus far. February’s Daytona 500 Cinderella victor came just one push away from besting fellow Ford stablemate Brad Keselowski Sunday (April 25) for the win at Talladega Superspeedway. “It means a lot,” …

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The Virtual Frontstretch: Issue 8

Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

Sure, The Virtual Frontstretch is a weekly collection of updates regarding the simulated racing world. But what happens when you take a virtual racing series and turn those drivers loose on a real track?  Monday Night Racing answered that question this past week with a go-kart endurance race at GoPro Motorplex on Wednesday night (April …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Was Bristol Dirt a Success?

Bristol dirt track in 2021, overhead view, Jared C Tilton/Getty Images

(Photo: Jared C Tilton/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

Should this past weekend at Bristol be considered a success given all that went into it and what they had to overcome with the rain? – Hazel B., Austin, Texas Talk about a loaded question … so much to unpack with this race and so little time to do it. First, let me lay out …

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The Virtual Frontstretch: eNASCAR Issue 6

Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

It’s all about Atlanta Motor Speedway this week in this issue of The Virtual Frontstretch. All three of the leagues covered this week all went down to virtual Hampton, Georgia for three vastly different events. They weren’t the biggest races of the week, but they did provide drama and excitement in their respective communities.  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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The Virtual Frontstretch: Issue 5

Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

The fifth edition of The Virtual Frontstretch is out for the week of March 14. Besides a few patches from iRacing to remove some things such as the New Damage Model on certain cars that incurred glitching, as well as update the NASCAR dirt tires to behave more “realistically” with real driver input, it was …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Dixie Vodka 400

Kyle Larson car in 2021 Daytona 500 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s time for the third consecutive race in sunny Florida for the NASCAR Cup Series this season, this time at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Dixie Vodka 400 is set to air on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX. After turning both left and right last week on Daytona International Speedway’s 3.61-mile road course, drivers return …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 O’Reilly Auto Parts 253

Christopher Bell won at the Daytona Road Course in 2021 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… should you be talking about after the race? First-time winners don’t happen every week… oh, wait. After Michael McDowell won his first career NASCAR Cup Series race in the Daytona 500 last week, Christopher Bell drove a masterful final 10 laps to reel in and pass veteran Joey Logano under the white flag to …

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