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Podcast: Chase Purdy on Re-Learning How to Race, Contracting COVID & His College Football Conundrum

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Graphic: Jared Haas

After a two-year sabbatical of sorts away from racing, Chase Purdy is still getting his feet under him as he’s returned to the seat on a full-time basis with GMS Racing in the Camping World Truck Series this year. He joins Davey Segal this week to discuss his season to date, contracting COVID-19 and how …

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Dropping the Hammer: COVID Again Looms Over NASCAR

Kyle Larson at Watkins Glen

Kyle Larson signs autographs for fans at Watkins Glen (Davey Segal)

Things were going so well. The world was returning to a vaguely defined “normal.” After not attending a NASCAR race as a member of the press in 18 months, after getting vaccinated as soon as it was available to my age demographic, I got to cover the June race weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. No masks. …

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Chase Purdy Tests Positive for COVID-19, AJ Allmendinger In at Watkins Glen

Chase Purdy in No. 23 Bama Buggies GMS Racing truck at 2021 NASCAR Truck race at Charlotte, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Chase Purdy has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Watkins Glen International, GMS Racing announced Aug. 5. AJ Allmendinger will replace Purdy in the No. 23 Chevrolet. He will have to drop from Purdy’s slated 25th starting spot to the rear of the field for …

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Should There Be an ARCA Bounty on Ty Gibbs at Pocono?

2021 ARCA Mid-Ohio Ty Gibbs Trophy (Credit: Emilee Chinn/ARCA Racing used with permission)

Photo: Emilee Chinn/ARCA Racing used with permission

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Ty Gibbs won an ARCA Menards Series race. This year alone he has five main series wins, including four straight, along with both an ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West victory. While he is currently one point behind leader Corey Heim in the points, Gibbs …

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Tracking the Trucks: John Hunter Nemechek Snags 3rd Win at Charlotte

2021 Trucks Charlotte Trey Hutchens III, Trey Hutchens Racing Chevrolet, and Drew Dollar, No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In a Nutshell: John Hunter Nemechek scored his third win of the 2021 season when he beat Carson Hocevar to the checkered flag by 0.419 seconds in Friday night’s (May 28) North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The victory came after Nemechek slid into the outside wall in turn 2 during practice, …

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Friday Faceoff: Biggest Surprises & Disappointments So Far

Daniel Suarez races at 2021 spring Las Vegas Cup race with Camping World on the hood Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the NASCAR Cup Series, who has been the biggest surprise of the year to this point? Biggest disappointment? Luken Glover: After his performance at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt race, Daniel Suarez has definitely been one of the biggest surprises this year. With everything the new Trackhouse Racing Team faces this season, Suarez is …

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Stock Car Scoop: JGR’s Xfinity Lineup Revealed

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Which driver has re-signed with Joe Gibbs Racing for 2021 in the Xfinity Series? Find out in the latest edition of Stock Car Scoop.  Frontstretch‘s newest podcast focused on the motorsports news of the week also will reveal which former Truck Series driver has a new ride in the Xfinity Series, as well as a …

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Chase Purdy to Compete Full Time for GMS Racing in 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

GMS Racing will again have a full stable of drivers once again in 2021 with the promotion of Chase Purdy to a full-time role, the team announced Nov. 13. The 21-year-old driver from Alabama will complete GMS’ roster, joining returning teammates Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith and Tyler Ankrum. Purdy effectively replaces Brett Moffitt, who just …

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2018 NASCAR Next Class Announced

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(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

The 2018 NASCAR Next class was announced on Tuesday afternoon, featuring nine drivers in the developmental ranks of NASCAR who are looking to take the next step in their racing careers. Anthony Alfredo, Hailee Deegan, Riley Herbst, Derek Kraus, Chase Purdy, Will Rodgers, Zane Smith, Tanner Thorson and Ryan Vargas make up the nine-driver class. …

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