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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Things look a little different this year for the NASCAR Cup Series’ visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Well, a lot different, actually. Instead of running the 2.5-mile oval at the famed facility, NASCAR’s premier series will instead take to the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Grand Prix course that winds its way through the infield on Sunday (Aug. …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Austin Cindric Delivers Penske Sweep; Turtle and Curb Misery

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Austin Cindric kissing the bricks after winning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Saturday’s (Aug. 14) doubleheader began with the NTT IndyCar Series’ Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix, which Will Power, a Team Penske driver, won. Twenty-eight cars were in that race, and four of them were owned by Roger Penske. The Captain had a one-in-seven shot at winning. When the NASCAR Xfinity Series took its turn …

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Austin Cindric Wins at Indianapolis Road Course in Xfinity

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series took to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard and Austin Cindric drove away from the field to get the win Saturday (Aug. 14). This is the second of three major American motorsports events this weekend with the NTT IndyCar Series taking to the track …

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Austin Cindric Tops Xfinity Practice on Indy Road Course

Austin Cindric during the Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey 200 at Watkins Glen International, 8/7/2021 (Photo; Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Austin Cindric led the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ lone practice session of the weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Friday (Aug. 13). The Team Penske driver posted a fast lap at an average of 95.154 mph. He bested Sam Mayer by a little under two-tenths of a second in the final minutes of …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Ty Gibbs Shows Off Undeniable Talent at The Glen

#54: Ty Gibbs, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra Monster Energy (credit: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If you are part of the crowd that believes Ty Gibbs is driving a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Xfinity Series based purely on who his grandfather is, hopefully, his performance on Saturday at Watkins Glen International changed your mind. Gibbs led a race-high 43 laps and outdueled — cleanly — two of …

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Zach’s Turn: Team Penske in Midst of Massive Upheaval

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Team Penske has been the beacon of stability in NASCAR for the past eight years. That cohesion was officially upended one week ago when Roger Penske confirmed Brad Keselowski’s departure from Team Penske by announcing Austin Cindric will transition into the No. 2 Ford for the 2022 season. Change is extraordinarily rare at Team Penske, …

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Stock Car Scoop: Reaction to Silly Season News, New Hampshire Preview

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The usual suspects on Stock Car Scoop are back: Frontstretch‘s Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek reunite to discuss the favorites for the NASCAR Cup Series’ visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday (July 18), its only race there this year. Nolen and Cheek also break down the announcement of Harrison Burton climbing the ladder …

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4 Burning Questions: What’s Next for Xfinity Silly Season?

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Who did Wood Brothers Racing hire? After a hint from Door Bumper Clear earlier in the week, it was made official July 15 that in 2022, Austin Cindric will take over the No. 2 for Team Penske in the NASCAR Cup Series while Harrison Burton will take over the venerable No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing …

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Harrison Burton: ‘Hard to Say No’ to Ford, Wood Brothers Racing

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Recently, former NASCAR Cup driver and NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton helped his son Harrison Burton pick out a suit for an important meeting. The younger Burton wasn’t even sure what the meeting was about. As the world found out Thursday morning (July 15), the meeting led to Harrison Burton being named the driver of …

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Matt DiBenedetto on Free Agency: ‘I Was Just at a Loss for Words’

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The news finally broke this morning: Matt DiBenedetto is indeed a free agent. DiBenedetto will not return to Wood Brothers Racing’s No. 21 in 2022, with Harrison Burton driving the car in the NASCAR Cup Series after this season. His original replacement, Austin Cindric, will move to Team Penske’s No. 2. After the news came …

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