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5 Points to Ponder: The Rest of the 2021 NASCAR Season

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ONE: Which Hendrick Motorsports is for real? Hendrick Motorsports caught fire this summer, its best performance in the NASCAR Cup Series since Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson were on the roster in 2014. From Dover International Speedway in May to the first Pocono Raceway event the end of June, HMS won six straight races and …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: First 22 Races of 2021 Cup Season

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2021 NASCAR Season… What happened? Denny Hamlin leads the Cup Series points standings through the first 22 races of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, narrowly ahead of Kyle Larson. William Byron, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano round out the top five in points with four races left in the regular season. How did it …

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Up to Speed: Reviewing NASCAR Playoff Points of the Past

Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex, Jr. two common NASCAR playoff contenders chat at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Mobil 1 , #19: Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro Shops Red White Blue

The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs may be approaching quickly, but there are still plenty of playoff points up for grabs.  Each of the four remaining regular season races offer seven NASCAR playoff points – five for the race win plus one for each of two stage wins.  Taken together, there are still 28 playoff points …

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Hendrick’s Nos. 9, 48 Teams Penalized After New Hampshire

Alan Gustafson on Chase Elliott's pit box during the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix, 5/23/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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NASCAR levied L1 penalties against two Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR Cup Series teams July 24. The Nos. 9 and 48 teams were found to be in violation of Section 20.6.1.e in the NASCAR rule book, which covers engine assembly. The penalty report notes, “When the long block is sealed, the engine must be used in the …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Almirola Is the Unlikely Hero for SHR in New Hampshire

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Last year was a memorable one for Stewart Haas Racing, with Kevin Harvick providing most of the highlights for the team throughout 2020. Nine wins and a boatload of laps led will do that for just about any driver and team. It’s been well documented that 2021 has been far less kind to the SHR …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

Martin Truex Jr. races in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, July 2021. Photo: NKP

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Who … should you be talking about after the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301? It was going to take a Hail Mary for Aric Almirola to make the 2021 playoffs. The No. 10 team has struggled for any kind of a foothold this year, earning just two top-10 finishes coming into Sunday’s (July 18) race at …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire

2021 Loudon Cup Aric Almirola lobster Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (Photo: NKP)

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What happened in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301? Aric Almirola won the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday (July 18) to steal an unlikely playoff spot in what’s been a dismal season. Christopher Bell, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five finishers. How about that? 🏁 …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire

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A northeast venture to the Granite State concludes the pre-Olympic break portion of the NASCAR Cup Series’ 2021 season. New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosts this afternoon’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 and it is the final NASCAR event prior to the opening ceremonies of the postponed 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics getting underway later this week, coverage …

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Chase Elliott Holds Off Father Bill, Champion Stewart for SRX Win at Nashville

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Chase Elliott made the most of his one race cameo in the 2021 SRX Series by holding off series champion Tony Stewart to win the final race of the season at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion spent most of the feature running in second position behind father Bill Elliott. On a …

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Zach’s Turn: Has Hendrick Motorsports Taken a Step Back?

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Asking whether Hendrick Motorsports has taken a step back in the midst of its best season in years probably seems absurd on the surface. The dominant four-car organization has won seven of the last nine NASCAR Cup Series races, headed mainly by Kyle Larson, and most recently won just two races ago at Road America, …

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Did You Notice?: Communication Between NASCAR Drivers, Executives at Crossroads

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR drama between drivers and executives has been building at a breakneck pace? It all started with last week’s Atlanta Motor Speedway repave announcement from Speedway Motorsports, Inc. President Marcus Smith. After 24 years under the current configuration, the track will be getting a facelift with both fresh asphalt and an altered …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Quaker State 400 at Atlanta

Kurt Busch celebrates in victory lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway after the Quaker State 400. (Photo: NKP)

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What happened? Kurt Busch won the Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday (July 11) after holding off his little brother during an intense final run to the checkered flag. Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Alex Bowman and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five finishers. "HELL YEAH WE BEAT KYLE" — @KurtBusch pic.twitter.com/apaHrHgfO6 …

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