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2021 NASCAR Rookie Roundup: How’d the New Guys (& Gal) Do?

Ty Gibbs celebrates in victory lane after winning 2021 NASCAR Xfinity race at Kansas, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The 2021 season has come to a close, and with it ends the rookie seasons for the newcomers to the sport. All three NASCAR national series saw at least two Rookie of the Year contenders, and in the case of the Xfinity and Camping World Truck series, there were four apiece. With over a dozen …

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2021 Truck Series Awards: The Good, the Bad & the Dirty

2021 Texas II NXS John Hunter Nemechek victory lane NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series saw many firsts throughout the last year, as well as intriguing, sometimes completely unexpected storylines, that it would be a disservice to try to wrap the year into one convenient package. But what we can do is take a page out of NASCAR’s book while it’s giving away some …

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Tracking the Trucks: Chandler Smith Snags 2nd Career Win, Ben Rhodes Wins Championship in Phoenix

2021 Phoenix II Trucks Ben Rhodes celebrates NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In a Nutshell: Chandler Smith scored his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in Friday night’s (Nov. 5) Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway. The rookie led five times for 39 laps, including the final 18 for his second victory in five races, just one week after being eliminated from the championship battle. …

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Chandler Smith on Pole for Truck Series Finale at Phoenix

Chandler Smith at Knoxville 2021, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Chander Smith may have been the last to qualify for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 5, but he certainly was not the least. In his one lap, Smith put down a blistering pace of 136.576 mph, more than a quarter of a second faster than second-fastest Sheldon Creed. …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: 4 Potential Playoff Spoilers at Martinsville Speedway

Johnny Sauter

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After back-to-back races to open the Camping World Truck Series Round of 8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, the series continues to sit idle while the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series work their way through their respective playoffs to get to Martinsville Speedway in a few weeks. Christian Eckes and Tate Fogleman …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: No One Safe Heading to Martinsville

2021 Talladega Trucks Matt Crafton wrecked truck NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After Tate Fogleman’s victory Saturday (Oct. 2) at Talladega Superspeedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Martinsville Speedway on the verge of its first playoff round with three non-postseason-eligible winners. Christian Eckes‘ triumph at Las Vegas Motor Speedway kicked off the Round of 8, leaving only Martinsville on Oct. 30 to decide the Championship …

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Issues Plague Playoff Drivers, Mar Truck Series Race in Las Vegas

2021 Trucks Las Vegas Zane Smith, No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet, Pit Road (Credit: Steph Chambers/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

Photo: Steph Chambers/Getty Images via NASCAR Media

It took some time for chaos to strike the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but once one playoff driver was involved in a crash, the dominoes kept falling. A whopping five of the eight championship competitors had issues, ended up sideways or wound up crashed on …

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4 Burning Questions: Rookie Report Card

Chase Briscoe at Charlotte, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

How have the two NASCAR Cup Series rookies performed? Now that all three NASCAR national touring series have headed into the playoffs, it’s a good time to take a look at the rookies in each series and how they did this season, especially with just two of them actually in the playoffs. Unlike traditional classes, …

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Frontstretch 5: Feuds That Could Brew Again in NASCAR Playoffs

NASCAR Brad Keselowski Kyle Busch

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

This past weekend’s events at Bristol Motor Speedway brought out the best of moods for spectators and the worst of moods for the drivers. New feuds were born and they all may be something for fans to keep an eye on as these playoffs continue. Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick’s memorable post-race scrum at Bristol …

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Tracking the Trucks: Chandler Smith Scores 1st Career Win at Bristol Motor Speedway

2021 Bristol II Trucks Chandler Smith woohoo victory lane Brian Lawdermilk Getty

(Photo: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

In a Nutshell: Chandler Smith scored his first career victory in Thursday night’s (Sept. 16) UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway to win his way into the Camping World Truck Series playoffs Round of 8. The driver of the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota bounced back from an early tire rub and utilized a …

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