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Frontstretch 5: Five Winningest Tracks for Joe Gibbs Racing

Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Christopher Bell and Kyle Busch battle at Kansas Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

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Ever since the team’s inception in 1992, Joe Gibbs Racing has become a monolith of what a successful NASCAR organization looks like. A whopping 190 wins and five Cup owner championships are part of a certain Hall-of-Fame bound legacy established by the will and perseverance of its founder. “Coach” Joe Gibbs continues to preach a …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Martin Truex Jr. Makes 19 the New 78 with Darlington Win

2021 Darlington I Cup Martin Truex Jr. Burnout NKP

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While some drivers want to get away from Darlington faster than getting out of Society Hill after a speeding ticket, other drivers are glad they visited for Throwback Weekend. But the stats and radar gun do not lie: Martin Truex Jr. dominated the race at Darlington Raceway while becoming the first driver to reach three …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2021 NASCAR Manufacturer Parity Among Ford, Chevy & Toyota

All three NASCAR manufacturers (Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota) battle at Kansas Speedway. (Photo: NKP) Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott

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1: NASCAR manufacturer parity … At the top 12 races into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, it’s clear three organizations have separated from the rest of the pack. Joe Gibbs Racing (with Darlington Raceway winner Martin Truex Jr.), Team Penske and Hendrick Motorsports are the sport’s new Big 3, sweeping 10 of the top …

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Dropping the Hammer: Consistency About to Get Harder for Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin at Darlington

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For all intents and purposes, Denny Hamlin had a quiet Sunday (May 9) at Darlington Raceway. But it wasn’t a bad day, at least from an outsider’s perspective. After starting fourth, Hamlin and the No. 11 team placed second in stage one and fourth in stage two before finishing fifth. Hamlin left South Carolina with …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Goodyear 400

Kyle Larson and Chris Buescher race at Darlington Raceway, Goodyear 400, May 2021. Photo: NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after the Goodyear 400? Martin Truex Jr. dominated Sunday (May 9), leading 248 of 293 laps at Darlington Raceway on the way to his 30th career victory. Truex becomes the 28th driver in NASCAR history to win 30 or more races and sits sixth among active drivers in career wins. Truex …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Goodyear 400

2021 spring Kansas Cup race Kevin Harvick Busch for the farmers car NKP

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It’s time once again for NASCAR’s throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, though much earlier in the season than previous years. Let’s get your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings lineups set for the Goodyear 400 on Sunday, May 9. Last year the Cup Series took to the Lady in Black three times, including the first two events …

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Stock Car Scoop: Darlington Throwback Weekend

2019 cup pack racing at Darlington sign cars blurry NKP

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The NASCAR Cup Series is heading to Darlington Raceway for throwback weekend this Sunday, May 9. Who has the best throwback paint scheme? Can Erik Jones get his first victory of the year and his first with Richard Petty Motorsports? Or will there be a familiar face that goes to victory lane for the first …

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4 Burning Questions: Will the SRX Format Be Successful?

2022 NASCAR Cup Next-Gen-Ford-Mustang-Driver-Side

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Will the SRX Format be successful? Superstar Racing Experience released its race and points format on Thursday, and the results are a bit questionable. Timed races seem like not a great idea, judging by how they were received in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series a few years ago. At the same time, SRX also …

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Friday Faceoff: Can Kyle Busch Surpass Richard Petty’s Streak?

Kyle Busch stands before 2021 spring Cup Kansas race NKP

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With his win at Kansas Speedway, Kyle Busch has won a NASCAR Cup Series race in 17 consecutive years. Will he surpass the mark of 18 set by Richard Petty? Luken Glover: Absolutely. I see Kyle Busch winning at least one race for at least the next few years and easily passing Petty’s record. Now …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Kyle Busch Takes the Cake on His Birthday

Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick get ready for the Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas Speedway, May 2021. Photo: NKP

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In 2009, Kyle Busch became the first driver since Cale Yarborough in 1977 to win a Cup race on his birthday. However, after winning this weekend at Kansas Speedway, Busch is the only driver in series history who is undefeated on his special day. Since Busch joined the Cup tour in 2005, a race has …

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Entry List: 2021 Goodyear 400

2020 Darlington III Cup pack racing NKP

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Throwback weekend, the NASCAR paint scheme version of any gift-giving holiday, arrives early this year as the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Darlington Raceway for the Goodyear 400. The celebration of liveries from NASCAR’s decades past moves from its September date to the spring, but the race does not: the egg-shaped oval and famed “Lady …

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Kyle Busch Victorious on Birthday, Wins Buschy McBusch Race 400 to Sweep Kansas

Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the 2021 Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas Speedway, May 2021. Photo: NKP

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Kyle Busch not only won on his birthday on Sunday (May 2) afternoon, he also won the NASCAR Cup Series’ Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas Speedway. It was an overall fitting afternoon for the now-36-year-old, who scored a win in his 17th straight season (second only to Richard Petty, who won in 18 straight) …

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